If you’re visiting Fort Bragg and the Mendocino coast soon, you might be interested in some of the best kept secrets here on the coast.

Belinda PointThe Mendocino Land Trust has created a cool little guide to trails along the Mendocino Coast from north to south, including the little known gem, Belinda Point Trail just south of Fort Bragg.  It’s a simple one-mile round trip to a lovely rocky cove – just head down Ocean Drive south of the Botanical Gardens and you’ll come upon a little fence on your right that opens to the trail. It’s a quiet, unspoiled trail just 5 minutes south of downtown Fort Bragg!

The Hare Creek Beach Trail begins at the south end of the Mendocino College parking lot. You’ll travel south to Bay View Drive and follow the trail to a secluded sandy “pocket” beach. If you don’t feel like getting out of the car, you can park at the Noyo Harbor Viewpoint for spectacular sceneries of the boats coming in and out of the Harbor at North Harbor Drive.

If you’d like a to find a taste of the wilderness at the edge of town, you’ll find walking trails, picnic tables and a creek among the redwoods at Otis R. Johnson Park at the east end of Laurel Street. You can walk from downtown and find yourself far from the madding crowd until the sun starts to go down. Then we suggest you head back to the beach to capture one of our spectacular Fort Bragg sunsets!