Summary: Nojoqui Falls is one of those roadsigns you see from the 101 freeway as you are zipping up or down the coast. Chances are, if you've driven by it, you've said, "How the heck do you pronounce that?" or something more colorful along similar lines. Not many people stop, and that can be a really good thing, becasue this wonderful place is hardly ever crowded. It is definitely a local secret.
A short walk takes you to a spectacular set of falls that drop nearly 100 feet over a sandstone wall. Calcium constantly bulds and the falls grow outward and do not erode like normal waterfalls. Maidenhair ferns line the travertine, and it looks and feels like elves could dart out at any moment. The falls are best viewed after rains, but the area is lovely at any time, and all ages will appreciate the walk.
Trailhead: Take the 101 north from Santa Barbara past Gaviota and turn right onto Old Coast Highway. There is a sign for Nojoqui County Park. The road from the 101 was closed for a while in 2005 due to heavy rains and washouts. Turn onto Alisal Road (you can only go left) and then right into the county park. The park is nearly 2 miles from the freeway
From Solvang, take Alisal Road and follow it to the left hand turn for the park. This drive is more scenic and very lovely. (Lat:34.53069 Lon:-120.17635)
Trail Guides for Nojoqui Falls County Park:
Best Hikes With Dogs - Southern California
by Allen Riedel (Mountaineers books)
by Tom Sinestra and Ann Marie Brown (Avalon Travel)
Best Seasons: Year-Round
User Groups: Hikers, Dogs,
Ranger Contact: Nojoqui Fall County Park (805) 934-6123
Localhikes Reporter: This hike was submitted by Allen Riedel, who has posted 123 other hikes on this site. To visit this reporters web site, click here.
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Reviewed by VG on 11/11/2011
Twenty minutes of hiking for an awesome waterfall. You can see photos of the waterfall with lots of water and a little water here: http://www.hikespeak.com/trails/nojoqui-falls-santa-barbara/ along with more info, map, and directions
Reviewed by Amy on 10/22/2010
My husband and I love this hike... fun to take the kids and grandparents... Not only did we get married here but it is green almost all year round and even if there is no falls it's worth the short walk:)
Reviewed by Judi on 7/21/2010
would like the hike to be longer
Reviewed by Arnie & Suzie on 6/26/2010
My wife and I have camped in this area many times, and did not know about this beautiful park. When we camped at Flying Flags RV Park we heard about it. Not only was it a great place to visit with our two pooches, but we went the back way into Solvang, which we didn't know existed. Also met some very nice people along the way, which made the trip all the better. We highly recommend this side trip to anyone visiting this beautiful area.
Reviewed by Lee on 5/24/2010
This is a nice, short, easy hike, which is great for kids. Very beautiful! If you want something that is going to get your heart pumping, check out one of the other hikes.
Reviewed by Lu Wanna on 5/1/2010
Beautiful falls and great park. Great place for a small wedding and reception. I was married there on 5/31/80.
Reviewed by IG on 2/20/2010
Was there Feb 2010. Took the kids. Even my 2yr old did well. Wide trail, short walk to the waterfall was very enjoyable with the stream alongside leading up to the gorgeous 100ft waterfall. No place to picnic up at the waterfall but plenty of open space and tables down at the park level with newer,clean restrooms. Altogether a secret gem.
Reviewed by Viewer on 2/17/2010
was absolutely beautiful, I had 4 1/2 year old triplets and was very manageable. They loved it! I loved it!
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