The Abalone Cove Ecological Reserve features two beaches (Abalone Cove and Sacred Cove), tide pools, beautiful bluff-top viewing areas, and dramatic crisscrossing trails. The 64-acre Reserve contains a State Ecological Preserve with important natural marine resources and the bottom of the Portuguese Bend landslide area. Two promontories, Portuguese and Inspiration points, frame Sacred Cove with its sea caves, black sand, and rare plants.
The adjacent parking area (a fee is charged at the entrance), multiple picnic tables, and restrooms are not in the Reserve, but add to the options for public enjoyment of the area.
Parking (effective July 15, 2015):
Seniors 62+ and Handicapped are FREE year-round
First 30 Minutes FREE
30 Minutes to 2 Hours $6
Over 2 Hours $12
Mon. - Fri. 12 noon - 4pm
Sat. & Sun. 9am - 4pm
Memorial Day-Labor Day 9am-4pm
Closed: January 1, Thanksgiving Day, December 24, December 25
Preserve Rules [PDF:483KB]
Abalone Cove Habitat Restoration Plan [PDF: 2.84MB]
Abalone Cove Reserve Trail Map [PDF: 702KB]