Harmony Headlands State Park

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Harmony Headlands State Park
Dudleya is a genus of succulent perennials, seen here in Harmony Headlands State Park 23 July 2011.jpg
Dudleya blooming in Harmony Headlands State Park
Map showing the location of Harmony Headlands State Park
Map showing the location of Harmony Headlands State Park
Map showing the location of Harmony Headlands State Park
Map showing the location of Harmony Headlands State Park
Location San Luis Obispo County, California, United States
Nearest city Morro Bay, California
Coordinates 35°28′40″N 120°59′33″W / 35.47778°N 120.99250°W / 35.47778; -120.99250Coordinates: 35°28′40″N 120°59′33″W / 35.47778°N 120.99250°W / 35.47778; -120.99250
Area 748 acres (303 ha)
Established 2003; 15 years ago (2003)
Governing body California Department of Parks and Recreation

Harmony Headlands State Park preserves an undeveloped parcel of Pacific coast in California, United States. Located in San Luis Obispo County on Highway 1, the park is the only public access to the coast between the towns of Cayucos and Harmony. The 748-acre (303 ha) park was established in 2003.[1] The Cayucos Land Conservancy helped facilitate and fund the park's development.[2]

Harmony Headlands State Park is open for day-use only. Dogs and bikes are not allowed on the trails. Amenities are limited to a small parking area, portable toilet, and a 1.5-mile (2.4 km) trail. The trail leads through a marine terrace grassland with views of the Pacific Ocean. Volunteers provide assistance and interpretation in the unstaffed park.[3]


The present-day state park was a part of Rancho San Geronimo, an 1842 Mexican land grant. In 1865 an American settler bought the Rancho, and it passed through various owners until the Storni family bought a 750-acre (300 ha) parcel in 1912. The Stornis operated a dairy farm here until the mid 1960s. In 1975 the Storni Ranch was sold to developers, who hoped to subdivide the property into home sites. The project fell through, and the property was then bought by the American Land Conservancy in 2003, who in turn sold it to California State Parks.[4] However bureaucratic difficulties delayed opening the park to the public until November 2008. The Cayucos Land Conservancy facilitated overcoming the issues including providing funding for the park's development.[2]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "California State Park System Statistical Report: Fiscal Year 2009/10" (PDF). California State Parks: 30. Retrieved 2012-03-17. 
  2. ^ a b "Harmony Headlands". Cayucos Land Conservancy. Archived from the original on 19 February 2012. Retrieved 2008-12-19. 
  3. ^ "Harmony Headlands SP". California State Parks. Retrieved 2012-03-17. 
  4. ^ "Harmony Headlands State Park" (PDF). California State Parks. 2010. Retrieved 2015-05-17. 

External links[edit]

Coastline Looking South, Harmony Headlands State Park