Check the tide tables for low tide because apparently the "bolwing balls" are not visible during high tide. This was part 4 of our day trip to Point Arena...see my other reviews for more info about the area's attractions.
As other reviewers have said, you need to park facing south on Route 1. There are signs saying that so that is how we found the beach. It is a short hike to the beach. We did not see a ladder as another reviewer mentioned but there were a few muddy/wet spots on the trail that has pieces of wood to step on above the mud. And yes there was a small stream we needed to cross to get to the bowling balls. As a caution, the bowling balls were covered with sea moss which can be quite slippery when wet. I warned my daughter that if she fell and go hurt it would be tough to get her out of there.
We had limited time but this appeared to be a great place for further inspection. We saw lots of caves and nooks and crannies on our way to the bowling balls.
This beach was very secluded. Bring food and water if you plan to stay awhile.
There was a "outhouse" on the hill on the way down but the kids refused to even think about using it.
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