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Gray Whale Cove State Beach

Park Information

Contact Information

(650) 726-8819

Park Hours

Day-use Area 8:00am to Sunset

Driving Directions to Gray Whale Cove SB

On the San Mateo Coast, north of Montara on Highway One. The only available automobile parking is on the east side of Highway 1. Crossing to the ocean side of the highway can be both difficult and dangerous.

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Camping and Lodging

Online reservations are not available for this park.

Brochures and Campground Maps

No online brochures available for this park.

Upcoming Park Events

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The beach (a.k.a. Devil's Slide) features a sheltered cove surrounded by cliffs that drop abruptly into the Pacific Ocean. A steep trail leads down to the beach. There is a small picnic area on the bluff above.  Gray whales can often be seen close to the shore.

Sunbathing is the most popular activity between mid-April and mid-May.

Location/Directions
On the San Mateo Coast, north of Montara on U.S. Highway 1. The only available automobile parking is on the east side of the highway. Crossing to the ocean side of the highway can be both difficult and dangerous.

Seasons/Climate - Recommended Clothing
The weather can be changeable; layered clothing is recommended.

Facilities/Activities
Dogs are prohibited at all times. 
Where Can I Take My Dog.pdf

Please, NO beach fires are allowed.

Please refrain from removing shells, driftwood, and other natural beach features.  Fireworks are prohibited.