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I was worried about the broken ladder lots of people talked about. I called the State Park Service... read more

Reviewed 26 July 2018
Paul S

There are no clear cut signs for Bowling Ball Beach. It is situated on a curve at mile marker... read more

Reviewed 1 July 2018
Marietta, Georgia
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Schooner Gulch Road and State Highway 1, Point Arena, CA 95468
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All reviews bowling balls low tide mile marker short hike facing south far north abalone shells climb down some great photos turn around south end beautiful hike ladder gully tides driftwood path
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Reviewed 24 October 2018

We drove from Mendocino to Napa along Highway 1 and stopped here in hopes of seeing Bowling Ball Beach. We tried to go at low tied, but it's possible we misread the chart. This spot really wasn't that great, though... we saw other coastal areas...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank kaemae
Reviewed 18 October 2018

We had to hike to the beach. Once there, we saw a small river and behind it the ocean. We explored the beach completely. There were two large hills in both sides. The farthest hill had some yellow and orange rocks, Quite unique. The other...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank Robby G C
Reviewed 13 October 2018

We went for the tide pooling but didn’t find as much as we had expected. The short hike is beautiful! We also wanted to go to Bowling Ball Beach, but we missed the trailhead.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Qwiss
Reviewed 17 August 2018

First off, the signage to this beach isn't great. It took some searching to find it. When we did find it, we weren't sure we were in the right place to see the "bowling balls". DNR signs near the parking area made it appear as...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Anthony R
Reviewed 31 July 2018

When you park at Schooner Gulch Beach, insure you take the trail at the far north end of the roadside parking space. This trail is a much easier walk down to the beach. Taking the trial on the south end leads you down a narrow...More

Date of experience: July 2018
3  Thank 960rh
Reviewed 27 July 2018

What a fun beach. We like to go at low tide to enjoy the bowling balls and explore the sand for sea glass and abalone shells brought up by the surf. The trail has been greatly improved. There are now steps all the way down!...More

Date of experience: July 2018
3  Thank Sharon A
Reviewed 26 July 2018

I was worried about the broken ladder lots of people talked about. I called the State Park Service only to get the wrong information (the ladder was broken). I made up my mind to visit the beach anyway. I did it on 7/23 and 7/24...More

Date of experience: July 2018
6  Thank Paul S
Reviewed 1 July 2018

There are no clear cut signs for Bowling Ball Beach. It is situated on a curve at mile marker 11.41 that states 'park facing south.' There is not a parking lot, just pull offs on the side of the road. Go to the path at...More

Date of experience: June 2018
3  Thank BonnieLee77
Reviewed 24 June 2018

This location seems to be suffering from funding cutbacks. There is limited parking and it is not clearly signed. Reaching Bowling Ball beach is challenging - even at low tide. From either trail there is major and potentially dangerous rock scrambling required. The north trail...More

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank Sue L
Reviewed 5 June 2018 via mobile

Hubby and I trek’d down a short path to a few steps that brought us right down to the beach. We did have to navigate over many rocks then walk about .75 mile along the beach to get to the bowling balls. So worth it...More

Date of experience: June 2018
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Paul S
16 July 2018|
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Response from BonnieLee77 | Reviewed this property |
Take the far north path which will lead you thru a small field and then down steep stairs which are wooden, but embedded into the ground, They are steep. At the end of the stairs is a drop off....but there are large rocks... More