The Coastside Trail - Poplar Beach Access section is a 1.5-mile paved pathway that's part of the California Coastal Trail. This route follows Half Moon State Beach and provides sweeping views of the ocean and shoreline. The road will take you to Blufftop Coastal Park, also known as Poplar Beach Park. On your trek, you'll see a variety of land and seabirds. There are porta-potties at the parking area and other restrooms in the campground adjacent to the state beach.
To access the trail, park in the lot at the end of Poplar Street. There's a $2 per hour or $10 per day fee here. The path is next to the road. Head north toward Kelly Avenue. Continue past the campgrounds as you walk parallel with Half Moon State Beach. This route is a multi-use pathway, so expect to see some other hikers and cyclists on the road with you. There are dirt paths down to the beach along the way. Fido can join you on a lead on Poplar Beach, but not on the state beach. On your hike, you'll be able to see hawks, flycatchers, kingfishers, cormorants, and more. At the end of this stretch, you can reverse course or continue to the next section of the Coastline Trail.
Your four-footed friend can hike with you on the trail if they're on a cord or lead. Keep the area pristine by collecting and packing out any waste. There are benches by the route where you and your special pal can take a break and watch the surf together.
Get some fresh ocean air and exercise when you hike the Coastside Trail near Poplar Beach. This pawtastic pathway sees moderate use by locals and visitors alike. Out here, you'll be able to unwind as you wander by the sea with your canine companion. The hours of operation vary by season.