The Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve is 1700 acres and located at the east end of the Slough, inland from Moss Landing. It is one of many access points to the Slough, but is a great first stop when planning your visit. The Visitor Center is home to fun and informative exhibits, a nature bookstore, and is staffed with knowledgeable naturalists who can answer your questions. There are picnic tables, restrooms and hiking trails. We host regular tours and events. Binoculars are available for loan.
Elkhorn Road is still closed just south of the Reserve. Please see the map for detour information.
Dogs and bicycles are NOT allowed on any of the Reserve trails. Dogs should not be left in cars while you hike the trails.
You can NOT launch a boat or kayak at the Reserve. Fishing and hunting are not allowed at the Reserve. Click here for recreation information.
There is a short paved trail to an overlook that is wheelchair accessible – the rest of the trails are dirt, gravel or grass with some hills and not suitable for wheelchairs. There is a wheelchair accessible bathroom, visitor center and offices. For more information, call the Reserve at (831) 728-2822.