11 miles of open trails, panoramic ocean views and horse trailer parking---you can find all of this and more at a new recreational spot in Pismo Beach.
The Pismo Preserve is finally open to the public since was purchased by The Land Conservancy in 2014.
“It has beautiful canyons with oak woodlands. There’s interesting wildlife that people will hopefully get a chance to see," said Kaila Dettman, the organization's executive director. "It’s likely that you’ll see red tail hoax, humpback whales in the ocean, maybe even get lucky and see a deer or a fox.”
People will be able to use the almost 900 acres of land for multiple recreational activities: hiking, mountain biking and even horseback riding along the 11 miles of trails.
The property, located at 80 Mattie Road, has 54 parking spots, but there are nearby parking lots the community can use if the spots are filled.
“There’s more access here, ocean views, beautiful trails and it looks like there’s been a lot of work put into it," said David Curran, a local hiker. "We are excited to check it out and see what it has to offer.”
The Land Conservancy purchased the Preserve nearly 6 years ago and the project was funded through the state, local government entities, grants and donations from local community members. It cost $17 million in total.
This weekend only, a shuttle will transport visitors to and from Pismo Beach City Hall.
It'll be open from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m., seven days a week. In March through October, it'll stay open until 9:30 pm.
To learn more about the Pismo Preserve, click here.