Glass Beach

Glass Beach

West Elm St. and Old Haul Rd.
Fort Bragg, California 95437
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Glass Beach is the well-known southern beach of MacKerricher State Park in Fort Bragg. Dogs on leash are welcome.

Glass Beach gets its name from the smooth colorful glass pieces that you can find in the pebbly beach. The site was once a trash dump so broken bottles from garbage cans of local residents are now little treasures to be found and photographed (and left behind). It is illegal to remove any glass from Glass Beach.

This is a great place to take kids who can explore around but watch them near the water which can be dangerous. There is a wide path to the beach from the parking area on Glass Beach Road a couple blocks west of Highway 1 down West Elm Street.

There are more trails on the bluff to hike north up to Pudding Creek Beach where a paved multi-use trail crosses over an old train trestle. Trails also go south from the Glass Beach entry path to other glassy beaches that are outside of the state park boundary.

Help us keep this beach beautiful and dog-friendly:
• Always follow the posted rules
• Respect natural marine life and habitats
• Be aware of tides and currents
• Pack in and pack out, leaving only paw prints

Water Dog at the Little River Inn. Photo by Brendan McGuigan.
Water Dog at the Little River Inn. Photo by Brendan McGuigan.
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Glass Beach - Photo Credit:
Glass Beach - Photo Credit:
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Photo Credit: Little River Inn
Photo Credit: Little River Inn
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Fetch! Photo: Colleen Proppe
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