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You can find large quantities of sea glass at only a handful of beaches in the world, and Glass Beach is one of them. Until 1967, the beach was used as the city's landfill and was covered by all kinds of waste, including colored glass. A major cleanup effort, combined with the effect of the tides, removed all the litter smoothed the glass. Today, the shore is awash with millions of glass pebbles. You also can view a vibrant ecosystem in the tide pools, which are home to a variety of aquatic species. Note that it's illegal to remove glass from the north part of the beach, which is a part of a state park. Plan to visit Glass Beach and other customer-reviewed, writer-recommended Fort Bragg attractions using our Fort Bragg driving holiday planner.
Glass Beach reviews
It is a really interesting place. Read about the history before going. Please leave the glass pieces for others to enjoy.
It is a really interesting place. Read about the history before going. Please leave the glass pieces for others to enjoy. more »
We visited here on a Friday in late November 2022. Take Elm Street off of Main Street to reach the parking area, which has two bathrooms and holds about 50 cars. There was plenty of sea glass for us..... more
We visited here on a Friday in late November 2022. Take Elm Street off of Main Street to reach the parking area, which has two bathrooms and holds about 50 cars. There was plenty of sea glass for us..... more »
Enjoyed a stop at Glass Beach on a drive to Eureka, CA. It was high tide, so there wasn’t too much beach, but we were able to climb down and walk in the sand. Unfortunately there isn’t as much sea glass as there used to be (too many visitors take the glass, we read), but you can still see some and the remnants of old hunks of metal, etc. Very cool and definitely worth the stop!
Amazing views, ample parking, plenty of space to for folks to spread out… however, there was very little to zero glass. Perhaps they should patrol and enforce the “no taking glass law” more often because the little bit that was there, was snatched up by folks hunting it.
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