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Description - This beach park lies in a sheltered cove surrounded by high cliffs dropping abruptly into the Pacific Ocean. The only available automobile parking is on the east side of Highway 1. Crossing to the ocean side of the highway can be both difficult and dangerous.

Attractions - A steep trail leads to the beach from the bluffs. Facilities include a small picnic area and restrooms.Dogs are prohibited at all times.Please, NO beach fires are allowed. Please refrain from removing shells, driftwood, and other natural beach features. Fireworks are prohibited.

Recreation - This site is open for fishing and picnicking.Sunbathing is the most popular activity between mid-April and mid-May. Hiking Trails are also available

Climate - This State Beach experiences moderate temperatures year round. Fog is a likely occurrence any day from June through mid-August. Plan your coastal visit in the late summer or autumn to ensure the best conditions viewing scenery. Occasional clear days occur during winter and spring between weather systems, producing amazing air clarity.

Location - Gray Whale Cove State Beach lies south of San Francisco, along California State Highway 1, between the communities of Pacifica and Montara. It is bordered by Montara State Beach on the south.

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Contact Information:
Bay Area District Headquarters, 250 Executive Park Blvd., Suite 4900 , San Francisco, CA, 94134, Phone: 415-330-6300, Fax: 415-330-6312
, badhq@parks.ca.gov

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