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Enjoy the winter season in Fort Bragg!  Ten great reasons to visit here.

 

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Coastal trail in December

Swales channeling storm runoff from the new Coastal Trail bed

 

Coastal Trail construction continues

Glass Beach Access Is Open
While the traditional route to Glass Beach Drive is closed in order to accommodate the construction of the City’s multi-use coastal trail and restoration project, alternative access is available to Glass Beach as follows: drive north on Glass Beach Drive until the construction fencing ends and then just follow the ribbons to Glass Beach.  Please refrain from entering the fenced off construction areas, as this is trespassing and you will be asked to leave.

The Coastal Trail Project   

The City of Fort Bragg has been working for several years to complete the Fort Bragg Coastal Trail & Restoration project which will provide public access along the City’s coast for the first time in over a century. The construction project is funded with a $1.36M grant from the State Coastal Conservancy, a $4.8M grant from the Statewide Park Program (Prop 84 funding), and a $348K grant from Caltrans. The Coastal Trail project will be constructed in 2014 and 2015.

Phase I
Granite Construction, the project contractor, began construction of Phase I of the Coastal Trail project in early August, 2014. This phase of the project will create 4.5 miles of trail on 82 acres of the old Georgia-Pacific mill site, restore over 20 acres of land to its former natural beauty, and provide three restrooms, two parking lots, 14 interpretive signs, two welcome plazas, and several unique benches designed by local artists.

Phase II
The second phase of the Coastal Trail will provide a half mile of trail on a ten-acre site near the Georgia Pacific mill pond, five acres of restoration, benches, interpretive panels and stairs to the beach at Fort Bragg Landing, and is currently in the planning process.

Talk of the Town

Ten Great Reasons to come to Fort Bragg now!
[posted: January 3rd, 2015]

Paul House last day 2014

The last sunset of 2014 from photographer Paul House

 

1.  Whales!  The annual migration of the California gray whale begins in December and peaks in the winter months.

2.  No crowds.  On a winter day  in Fort Bragg, there’s no waiting in line; not for a coffee, not for lunch, not for a parking space.

3.  Walks.  Whether it is along the ocean, in the redwoods or just down to the beach, there’s a walk for everyone.

4.  Crab!  Boats are bringing fresh Dungeness crab into Noyo Harbor daily.  You can enjoy the delectable and seasonal treat in our local restaurants, or pick up one in the harbor or at a local grocer.

5.  Waterfalls.  A short walk through Otis Johnson Park or at Russian Gulch State Park and you can visit the magic of winter in the woods.

6.  Mushrooms.  Wild mushroom season is not limited to the fall months.  Whether you forage or just hunt with a camera, there is still plenty of natures bounty to capture.  You will see oyster, yellowfoot, black trumpet, candy caps and more, just look down along the edges of our roads and trails.  Once you have the “mushroom eye” you will never look at the woods in the same way again.

7.  Deals!  Lodging rates in Fort Bragg have never been better.  Check out our listings of cozy B&B’s or family-friendly motels and hotels for winter season specials.

8.  Quiet!  Did we say this was the quiet time of year?  Other than the booming of the surf or the staccato tempo of the rain on the roof, there’s nothing to disturb the peace.  After the hustle and bustle of the holidays, there’s nothing we like more.

9.  Waves.  Did we mention the spectacular winter surf in Fort Bragg?  King tides and storm swells from the north Pacific combine to bring some of the most awe-inspiring ocean views you can imagine.  Of course, watch from a safe distance and never turn your back on the ocean.  For a sample, click on this link http://www.facebook.com/video.php?v=841675705895809&set=o.176159877550&type=2&theater

10.  Sunsets!  Winter is sunset season on the Mendocino Coast, and Fort Bragg is no exception.  Night after night of ever-changing rainbows.  See if you can spot the elusive “green flash” or better yet, catch it with your camera.  Visit our Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/fortbraggca to see the collection of sunset photos from our local photographers and fans.

Tell about your favorite things to do in Fort Bragg in the winter season!

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