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Sunset!

Excellent spot for picnic and viewing the sunset. Parking is relatively close and there are tables... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Nathan O
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Chula Vista, California
Hishory and Wildlife

Visited this piece of history. After parking in the parking lot, took the shuttle and then walked... read more

Reviewed January 13, 2016
Chipperhigh2
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Okemos, Michigan
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Excellent spot for picnic and viewing the sunset. Parking is relatively close and there are tables and benches.

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Reviewed January 13, 2016

Visited this piece of history. After parking in the parking lot, took the shuttle and then walked the trails. Not much exists of the Hercules plant except some slab and lumps of concrete. The best part was Mother Nature's work, the land, plants and animals. Had a great time

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Reviewed October 31, 2015

Access is confusing. You can only get there when the Discovery Center is open, 10-5 daily. Park in the parking lot and take the shuttle to the Discovery Center where you will find trails through Gunpowder Point. No cars permitted. No charge if you do not go to the Discovery Center. There are a few short trails through the point with brief descriptions of the Gunpowder industry and/or wildlife.

2  Thank thesuburbangirl
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Reviewed July 7, 2015

You can still see the concrete foundations of the old Hercules buildings and the Cottonseed Oil Company that operated in the 1920s, and the foundations of the old pier built in 1916 for the kelp harvesters. At the E Street entrance are the old railroad tracks from 1888 built by Elisha Babcock to take passengers around the bay to the Hotel del Coronado. Kumeyaay artifacts found in the area are on display at the Discovery Center (photo).

2  Thank Steven S
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Reviewed May 16, 2015

Gunpowder Point is the historical site of The Hercules Powder Co. nestled in the beauty of a US Wildlife Refuge. The company which owned a factory from 1913-1919 harvested potash and acetone from kelp. Those materials were used to make gunpowder and cordite, a smokeless powder used by British in WW1. Hercules was held by the DuPont Family whom emigrated from France in the 1800's with gunpowder technology escaping the French Revolution. Story boards on the site. You can ride the shuttle into the site for free.

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