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Los Osos, California: Elfin Forest

No elves, but a lot of tiny trees and scrub stunted by poor soil. Stroll the forest boardwalk and feel like a giant.

16th St., Los Osos, CA
From Hwy 1 in Morro Bay take the South Bay Blvd exit and drive south to Los Osos. Take the first right onto Santa Ysabel Ave. Drive two blocks and turn right onto 16th St. At the end of the street is a small parking area, an official plaque, and a boardwalk leading into the Forest.
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Elfin Forest.

Elfin Forest

Don't be deceived, it's a variety of native scrub bushes, no trees -- but the walk around the boardwalk is well worth it. Some great views.

[Ann and David, 10/08/2018]
Elfin Forest

This could hardly be described as a large forest -- more like 10-15 trees in a small grove. Most of the walk is just coastal scrub and the trees are in only one place on the boardwalk. If I lived locally I could walk there for exercise, but it's not worth detouring for.

[Travis Cox, 08/21/2015]

Elfin Forest.

Elfin Forest

This is just on the southern edge of the Morro Bay Estuary in the little town of Los Osos. It's a large forest of small trees. Nice place to take a walk.

[Michael Simpson, 08/21/2013]

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