MacKerricher State Park

Orientation & Geography

North America, United States, Mendocino County

MacKerricher State Park in Northern California offers a variety of habitats: beach, bluff, headland, dune, forest, and wetland. Tide pools are along the shore. Seals live on the rocks off the park’s Mendocino coast. More than 90 species of birds visit or live near Cleone Lake, a former tidal lagoon. The park is the home of nearly the entire remaining distribution of the endangered Mendocino spineflower (Chorizanthe howellii). During winter and spring, the nearby headland provides a good lookout for whale watching. The park is popular with hikers, joggers, equestrians, and bicyclists. Fishing is also popular, with trout in two fresh-water lakes. The park has a wheelchair accessible nature trail.