Trione-Annadel State Park is a state park in the U.S. state of California, located along an ancient trade and travel route known as the Pescadero Road. The park contains approximately 3 miles (4.8km) of Pacific coastline between the towns of Fort Bragg and Mendocino. It was established on July 1, 1952, and dedicated by former Governor Earl Warren.
The park’s main feature is its 2.5 mile (4.0km) beachfront which offers views onto Cape Mendocino to the north and Big River Bay to the south. A campground with tent sites, RV sites, yurts, cabins and group campsites is situated inland from the beach, behind a row of coastal dunes that are up to 50 feet (15m) high. There are more than 200 picnic tables available for use on site.
Other facilities include hiking trails, swimming areas, surf fishing, birdwatching, cross-country skiing, surfing lessons, kayaking, windsurfing, sailboarding, and a boat launch. Visitors can drive vehicles onto a ferry slip at the far end of the park where they can board ferries to the mainland or take a shuttle bus back to the North Coast Highway. Inland there is also a visitor center open year round offering displays on local plants and wildlife, whale watching, tide pool exploration, and opportunities to learn how to surf, among other things.
On special occasions, costumed interpreters perform living history reenactments of life along the coast during the late 19th century. Interpretive programs focus on the experiences of the immigrant Portuguese community who were the first European settlers to make a home along this stretch of coast; their descendants still live in the area. From October through May, visitors can often see gray whales and harbor seals playing around the mouth of the river.
Because of the large number of people driving into the park, there has been significant damage to the environment from erosion, trash left behind in RVs, and increased air pollution. To combat these issues, there is a program called “Clean Air/Clean Seas” that allows individuals to preregister their motor vehicles for free annual vehicle emissions testing. Those who pass the tests may have their license plates decalmed so as not to pollute the environment.
Other animals seen here include:
- elephant seals
- harbor porpoises
- harbor seals
- sea lions
- harbor seals
- northern fur seals
- black-tail deer
- striped skunks
- cottontail rabbits
- kit foxes
- mountain lions