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New trails at Pismo Preserve almost open

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Posted at 3:14 PM, Jan 16, 2020

New hiking, biking, equestrian trails will soon open in Pismo Beach.

The Pismo Preserve is set to open on Jan. 25 at 6 am. A ribbon cutting ceremony was held Thursday.

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Located on the east side of Highway 101 just off Mattie Road, there are 11 miles of trail on the 880-acre preserve. An ADA accessible trail will also go in once funding is secured. The Land Conservancy purchased the Pismo Preserve in 2014. The area was previously closed to the public and opening it to the community has been six years in the making. Fundraising. designing, permitting and construction have all happened during that time.

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Back in 2018, the San Luis Obispo Council of Governments approved $400,000 for the project. The Land Conservancy raised $12,000,000. The project was paid for in part by the generous donations of community members.

The preserve has a newly constructed parking lot with 54 spots at the trailhead plus restrooms.

Dogs are allowed as long as they're on a leash. Horses are allowed too.

The public park is expected to draw approximately 100,000 people annually.

It'll be open from 6 am to 7pm, seven days a week. In March through October, it'll stay open a little later until 9:30 pm.

During opening weekend, heavy traffic is expected so there will be a shuttle from Dinosaur Caves Park that Saturday and Sunday only.

For more information on the Pismo Preserve click here.