Hike to some of the most dramatic ocean views in the state.
Wilder Ranch State Park, just a few minutes south of Davenport, is a 7,000 acre ranch from the late 1800s converted into a museum and nature preserve.
This historic site sits along the Santa Cruz County coastline and is home to spectacular views, hikes, and wildlife.
There are several hiking trails you can take at Wilder Ranch. The Old Landing Cove Trail, Pacific to Redwoods Loop, and Wilder Ridge trails will give you up-close views of the breaking waves and access to some of the hidden beaches.
There are some incredible sea caves you’ve got to see as well.
The Englesman, Long Meadow, Eucalyptus and Enchanted Loop trails will give you more views of the green countryside, with a dazzling ocean backdrop.
Keep an eye out for native wildlife including harbor seals playing in the water or basking on the beach. Other animals include egrets, pelicans, gulls, newts, and snakes.
You can also check out sea anemones, star fish, hermit crabs, and other interesting critters in the tide pools.
Be sure to visit Wilder Ranch State Park for an amazing weekend getaway from the city!
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