Coastal Trail Now Open

The City of Fort Bragg's newly constructed Coastal Trail was opened to the public on Saturday, January 31, 2015.

The trailhead and parking lot are located at the west end of Elm Street adjacent to Glass Beach. A
new 8-foot wide paved trail extends along more than a mile of carefully restored coastal bluff drainage, soils and tender native seedlings with access to a stretch of coastline that has been behind the fences of the former mill site for more than a century. The trail will be open from dawn until dusk.
Read the Press Release.

The Coastal Trail Project   

The City of Fort Bragg has completed Phase I of the Fort Bragg Coastal Trail & Restoration project which was funded with a $1.36M grant from the State Coastal Conservancy, a $4.8M grant from the Statewide Park Program (Prop 84 funding), and a $348K grant from Caltrans.  Phase I includes 4.5 miles of trail on 82 acres of the old Georgia-Pacific mill site, 30+ acres of industrial land restored to its former natural beauty, three restrooms, two parking lots, 14 interpretive signs, two welcome plazas, and 14 unique benches designed by local artists.  

The second phase of the Coastal Trail, to be constructed in 2017-2018 will provide an additional mile of trail on a ten mile strip that connects the north and south trail around the Georgia Pacific mill pond.  This project will also include restoration, artist benches, interpretive panels and stairs to the beach at Fort Bragg Landing.   The environmental document and permitting for this project have been completed and can be viewed here: Subsequent Environmental Impact Report - Coastal Trail Phase II
The City recently hires local engineering firm Lee Welty and Associates to complete the design and engineering for the project. The City anticipates bidding the project in winter and that construction would start next summer. 

Phase I Complete 2016

Phase II Area of the Coastal Trail

11/24 - 12/5/14 - Trail Survives First Major Storm

11/10 - 11/21/2014 - Seats, Seeds & Stairs

10/27 - 11/7/14 - Rolling Out the Asphalt Trail

10/13 - 10/24/2014 - Installing Curbs, Gutters, Turf Mats and Plants

9/29 - 10/10/2014 - The Work Continues

9/15 - 9/26/14: Dredge Sands Installation

9/1 - 9/12/2014 - The Trail Takes Shape

8/18 - 8/29/2014: Construction in Progress

8/4 - 8/15/2014: Breaking Ground

Scenic Views from the Coastal Trail

Environmental Documents