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Coal Oil Point Reserve is part of the University of California's system of...

Coal Oil Point Reserve is part of the University of California's system of Natural Reserves. The reserve system provides undisturbed environments for research, education, and public service, the Natural Reserve System contributes to the understanding and wise stewardship of the earth.Coal Oil Point Reserve offers bi-monthly public tours, led by trained docents. The tours focus on the history, ecology, and birds of the reserve. Tours cover beach and wetland ecosystems, and last about 2 hours.For more information, or to RSVP for an upcoming tour, please email.

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Western snowy plovers nesting site

Herons, water fowl and many other birds. Easy walk, but wear appropriate footwear. Close to UCSB, but off the beaten path in Goleta.

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 5 August 2015
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 August 2015

Herons, water fowl and many other birds. Easy walk, but wear appropriate footwear. Close to UCSB, but off the beaten path in Goleta.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 July 2015 via mobile

It's not my custom to share surf spots. But, this is a pretty well known, non-territorial point. Forgive me, local gurus. This was a fantastic place to return to, after traveling abroad. There's no place like home.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 December 2014

Took a nice long walk during low tide and they have some pretty good tide pools. Wasn't crowded but parking can be tight

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 December 2014

Very nice place, would recommend for anyone seeking a bit of outdoor near the beach and who enjoy watching bird life.

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San Jose, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 July 2014

Took my kids to coal oil point reserve. Generally not a well marked place or easy to figure out where you are going. There is a parking machine and some limited parking spaces. Once parked you then walk in the road and can follow the trail to the beach. It is a short walk through a field until you get... More 

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Santa Barbara, California
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 August 2012

Surf can be some of the best around the area when the swells come in from the right direction. Best to park at the Southwest corner of Isla Vista and bike or walk to coal oil point.

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Santa Barbara, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 April 2012

Went to Coal Oil Point for a lab for a class. I would imagine kids would have a lot of fun looking for starfish and other sea life. The rocks are very slippery so be careful!

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Goleta, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 December 2011

This is a lovely place to visit for the outdoorsy. The trails from coal oil point to the ocean are my typical running haunt: You can follow the trails to the water to view the sunset or hang out and watch the surfers. There is interesting signage about the research happening at the reserve, and opportunities to see many native... More 

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