THORNTON BEACH STATE PARK
Thornton Beach State Park is a serene, picturesque coastal park offering stunning views of the Pacific Ocean. It features rugged cliffs and sandy beaches perfect for hiking, picnicking or simply enjoying nature's beauty. The area also boasts diverse wildlife including various bird species making it an ideal spot for birdwatching enthusiasts. Despite its closure due to landslides years ago, visitors can still access parts of this beautiful location through nearby parks like Fort Funston and Daly City's Thornton State Beach.
Located in Daly City, California, this park was once a popular seaside destination. It opened to the public around 1955. The area is named after Stephen Thornton who owned much of the land there.
In 1983, due to unstable cliffs and landslides that made it unsafe for visitors, most parts were closed off by authorities. However some areas remained accessible like hiking trails leading down towards beachfronts.
The site has been managed under different entities over time including San Mateo County Parks Department and State Coastal Conservancy before being taken over by California's state parks system.
Today it remains largely undeveloped but still offers stunning views along its rugged coastline with limited access points available for hikers or nature enthusiasts seeking solitude amidst natural beauty.