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Point Arena, CA, 95468, USA
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Kinney Road - Lake Davis Wetlands Natural Preserve

Do not be dissuaded by the sign that says: "Authorized Vehicles Only".  This trail is worth the effort of discovery.  Take Kinney Road from Highway One at mile marker 21.41 and go a few hundred yards past the KOA and turn right.  There is plenty of parking here in the east section of Manchester Beach campground.  The trail begins at the north side of the parking area and provides broad vistas in a gradual decent to Lake Davis and its surrounding wetlands. 

A few interesting signs detailing the flora and fauna of Manchester Beach mark the way.  Learn about the endangered Point Arena Mountain Beaver and the snowy plovers who nest here.  As you proceed west a captivating 180 degree view of the Pacific is before you and the brooding coastal mountains are at your back.  Stop at Lake Davis who's size swells in the rainy season and returns to a pond in the summer.  The trail continues to the beach where driftwood monuments are erected periodically and then wrecked by the ocean.

Once at the beach this trail meets the trail that began at the end of Kinney Road (see Kinney Road - Main Access).  You can use this to return through the dunes that abut the campground, then through the campground to your point of origin.  Otherwise return the way you came, this will be about a mile and a half round trip.

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