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Greenwood Creek State Beach

Parking iconRestrooms iconDrinking Water iconFood iconVisitor Center iconPicnic Tables iconNo Cell Reception iconBeach Access iconWildlife Viewing iconWetlands / Stream iconDogs on Leash iconFishing iconSmall Watercraft iconKayaking iconModerate Trail icon

No cell phone receptionThis location has no cellular reception. Please plan accordingly. We recommend that you download the PDF trail data sheet below to your device prior to your trip to this location.

Greenwood Creek State Beach offers a wide trail to a driftwood-strewn beach with great views of sea caves. There is a large parking area directly west of Highway One in “downtown” Elk as well as a picnic area and restrooms, all located at the beginning of the trail that leads down to the beach.


The views of offshore rocks looking south from the town of Elk are some of the most beautiful coastal vistas on the Mendocino Coast.  These dark iconic sea stack rocks are just west of Greenwood Creek State Beach.


Long ago, this was a logging port, and the many historic photographs at the Visitor Center in Elk (once known as Greenwood) offer a window into this area’s rich and interesting past.  

Greenwood Creek State Beach trail map

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Trail Latitude (X): 39.130

Trail Longitude (Y): -123.718

Mapping: See Trail Map above.

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Highway One Mile Marker (north end): 34

Trail Length: 0.5 miles