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I was worried about the broken ladder lots of people talked about. I called the State Park Service... read more

Reviewed July 25, 2018
Paul S

There are no clear cut signs for Bowling Ball Beach. It is situated on a curve at mile marker... read more

Reviewed June 30, 2018
Marietta, Georgia
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Schooner Gulch Road and State Highway 1, Point Arena, CA 95468
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Reviewed August 17, 2018

First off, the signage to this beach isn't great. It took some searching to find it. When we did find it, we weren't sure we were in the right place to see the "bowling balls". DNR signs near the parking area made it appear as...More

Thank Anthony R
Reviewed July 30, 2018

When you park at Schooner Gulch Beach, insure you take the trail at the far north end of the roadside parking space. This trail is a much easier walk down to the beach. Taking the trial on the south end leads you down a narrow...More

3  Thank R H
Reviewed July 27, 2018

What a fun beach. We like to go at low tide to enjoy the bowling balls and explore the sand for sea glass and abalone shells brought up by the surf. The trail has been greatly improved. There are now steps all the way down!...More

3  Thank Sharon A
Reviewed July 25, 2018

I was worried about the broken ladder lots of people talked about. I called the State Park Service only to get the wrong information (the ladder was broken). I made up my mind to visit the beach anyway. I did it on 7/23 and 7/24...More

6  Thank Paul S
Reviewed June 30, 2018

There are no clear cut signs for Bowling Ball Beach. It is situated on a curve at mile marker 11.41 that states 'park facing south.' There is not a parking lot, just pull offs on the side of the road. Go to the path at...More

3  Thank BonnieLee77
Reviewed June 24, 2018

This location seems to be suffering from funding cutbacks. There is limited parking and it is not clearly signed. Reaching Bowling Ball beach is challenging - even at low tide. From either trail there is major and potentially dangerous rock scrambling required. The north trail...More

Thank Sue L
Reviewed June 4, 2018 via mobile

Hubby and I trek’d down a short path to a few steps that brought us right down to the beach. We did have to navigate over many rocks then walk about .75 mile along the beach to get to the bowling balls. So worth it...More

1  Thank Jasmine A
Reviewed June 2, 2018

Signs for beach cutoff inadequate. No signs that cutoff was coming up. Passed cutoff but no turn around nearby. Signs missing in other direction as well.

Thank JudiR132
Reviewed May 28, 2018 via mobile

Definetly a bit tricky to find. You have to know what you are looking for. It's a short trek to The beach. The trail is quite muddy, and a bit slippery in some spots that are shaded. There are lots of varieties of plants. Lots...More

1  Thank Julie H
Reviewed May 24, 2018 via mobile

It took us four tries to see Bowling Ball Beach but it was worth the effort. The best bet is to stop at marker 11.50 and select the North trail from that spot. There are two trails and the north one is smaller and a...More

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Paul S
July 15, 2018|
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Response from BonnieLee77 | Reviewed this property |
Take the far north path which will lead you thru a small field and then down steep stairs which are wooden, but embedded into the ground, They are steep. At the end of the stairs is a drop off....but there are large rocks... More