Gaviota State Park is another one of California’s great State beaches and located about 33 miles north of Santa Barbara on U.S. Highway 101. The campground has 39 single-family (mixed-used) campsites for tents, trailers and RVs. All are short walk to the ocean, beach and pier. Access to the beach is via a trail under the iconic Southern Pacific railroad trestle that crosses Gaviota creek above the day-use parking lot.
The campground also has a camp store, drinking water, flush toilets and showers. Each campsite has a table, fire ring and grill. Firewood is also available for sale from the campground host.
Gaviota State Park has a variety of outdoor recreation activities to enjoy. At the ocean you can beach comb, swim, surf, kayaking and explore tide pools. The pier is also open for fishing. Other activities include hiking, biking, picnicking, horseback riding and wildlife viewing. Two nice hikes include up to Gaviota Peak (1,325 feet in elevation) and also to the Gaviota Wind Caves (actually sandstone formations).
El Capitan State Beach is just 13 miles to the south.
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