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Facilities in the Elfin Forest?

What facilities are available in the Elfin Forest? Are there restrooms?

The Elfin Forest is a nature preserve with a minimum of development. There are defined sand trails and a very nice, extensive boardwalk. There are trail guides available along the boardwalk at two locations. Also, there are interpretive displays at various locations, plus two bay overlooks. Benches are placed at strategic locations for rest and contemplation.

Neither restrooms nor drinking water are available in the Forest. The two closest public restrooms are:

  1. The Los Osos County Park, located at Los Osos Valley Road and Palisades Avenue, about 1.9 miles. Take South Bay Blvd. (south) to Los Osos Valley Road. Turn right (west) and proceed to Palisades Ave. (third stop light). Turn right and go into the Los Osos County Park/Community Center parking lot. The restrooms are on the right of the Community Center and the back of historic, one room, Los Osos Grammar School.

  2. The next closet year round public restrooms are in Morro Bay State Park. They are located in the State Park marina behind the Bayside Cafe, about 2.4 miles. Take South Bay Blvd. north to State Park Road (first left after passing the marsh area). At the campground entrance sign, turn left into the marina rather than the campground. Proceed right to behind the cafe.

If your tour is continuing on to Montaņa de Oro State Park, there are a number of restrooms available. The easiest to find are at two locations at Spooner's Cove (to your right on the beach or to your left, across from the Park Headquarters), about 5-6 miles.

Of course, if it is time for lunch or other refreshments there are a number of eateries and other businesses with restrooms throughout Los Osos that would welcome your patronage. The biggest concentration is on Los Osos Valley Road between South Bay Blvd. and Palisades Ave. The two other concentrations are 2nd St., between Santa Ysabel and El Moro, plus 9th to 11th Streets on Santa Ynez.