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Glass Beach

Elm Street and Glass Beach Drive Santa Maria Ca, Fort Bragg, California USA

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“turning trash into treasure”

A note from California State Parks regarding Glass Beach at MacKerricher State Park: “All park cultural features are protected by law and may not be removed or disturbed, including glass found at Glass Beach.” There are actually three glass beaches — all former city trash dump sites — that cough up beautiful sea glass. What To Do at Glass Beach: Search for rare ruby reds (from pre-1967 auto tail lights) or sapphire gems from apothecary bottles. Snap a photo, but leave the glass behind for others to discover. Local Lore: From 1906 to 1967, everything from cars to batteries to bottles, cans and appliances were unceremoniously pushed over the cliffs into the ocean — a common practice of seaside cities for centuries. Mother Nature responded to this abuse with a nice surprise in the form of smooth, colored sea glass treasure in a rainbow of colors. Be sure to visit the Sea Glass Museum, owned and operated by Capt. Cass Forrington, a retired sea captain. There you’ll discover the world’s largest permanent sea glass exhibit. The museum is now a must see for all visitors to the Mendocino coast.

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Reviewed by
ReneeSmall

  • 14 Reviews
  • 10 Helpful
June 15, 2018
Rated 1.0

I realize the reviews here are 4 years old.... after I drove here. So let me give you a updated review. There is nothing here anymore. The beach is fenced off and all other entrances have no significant glass. I wouldn’t waste my time here. There are signs that say no collecting yet there are people here with buckets and knee pads. What a disappointment.

9 people found this review helpful

Reviewed by
josh.kopf

  • 1 Review
  • 9 Helpful
May 02, 2014

It's not celebrating garbage; it's celebrating that the earth, through all our attempts to pollute and destroy it, can turn out mistakes into something beautiful.

9 people found this review helpful

Reviewed by
FamilyRoadTrippers

  • 17 Reviews
  • 4 Helpful
June 19, 2017
Rated 5.0

We had such a fabulous time finding treasures. The path splits in two, be sure to take the one marked difficult route, not the easy route if you want to find lots of sea glass.

4 people found this review helpful

Reviewed by
james.t.sim1

  • 1 Review
  • 2 Helpful
January 29, 2014

harrison lake, there is a cabin the owners pasted on to their son years ago the locals made a pool beside it and many smaller hot tub size pools ( the spring water on the side of the hill is bubbling with natural hot springs ) its hard to find been there once it is up the mountain side you must travel across a fast running spring water (small river seasonal ) o ya you will not make it in winter to much snow wish I had more on it I had heard of it for a long time and finally made it one spring you drive up the middle of a fast running creek water was up to the bottom of the windows of the jeep i had borrowed. location right side of BC harrison lake turn before dear and hicks lake about an hour climb or drive best I can do thanks.

2 people found this review helpful

Reviewed by
Jake

  • Road Warrior
  • 13 Reviews
  • 30 Helpful
January 19, 2014

Just went here, beach looks nothing like that. Most people have taken the glass, its a nice beach but not like the pics of nothing but glass pabbles, its mainly just rocks, shells sand and some glass pebbles here and there.

2 people found this review helpful

Reviewed by
TerryDubielUnger

  • 1 Review
  • 1 Helpful
October 03, 2018
Rated 2.0

*see posted photo 10/3/18 No access to The Glass Beach, it is completely fenced off. The surrounding landscape is beautiful! Nice paved walking path and easy to use sand pathways.

1 person found this review helpful

Reviewed by
easytoguess

  • 1 Review
  • 1 Helpful
November 03, 2013

I was just there. It doesn't look like that. The beach is spectacular, but it does not look like that.

1 person found this review helpful

Reviewed by
dawnyb1995

  • 1 Review
  • 0 Helpful
October 29, 2013

We were there this past Summer and loved it. Can't wait to go back

1 person found this review helpful

Reviewed by
Jodi

  • 14 Reviews
  • 0 Helpful
August 19, 2018
Rated 5.0

Such a fun stop. My son loved climbing on all the cliffs. Tons of sea glass. Really beautiful scenery!

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Reviewed by
ashleywarnix

  • 6 Reviews
  • 0 Helpful
August 22, 2017
Rated 5.0

Easy enough for my kid to get to and dig around. Still plenty of big pieces to be found to take a pic with. Definitely worth a stop to stretch your legs.

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Glass Beach

Elm Street and Glass Beach Drive Santa Maria Ca
Fort Bragg, California
USA

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  • Independent
  • Credit Cards Accepted
  • Pet Friendly
  • Wheelchair Accessible
  • Public Restrooms
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