Things to See


The Audubon Society maintains the 4th Street Overlook, a covered bird watching platform located at the northeast end of 4th Street in Los Osos township. From this great vantage point on the bay birdwatchers can observe all kinds of local wildlife throughout the year.

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Baywood Park is the name given to the the northwest side of Los Osos township. Here you will find a number of great shopping opportunities and well as some great casual dining. alternately you could chose to hang out on the small pier or launch a kayak from it instead. Baywood Park is home to several small quaint inns that are very popular including the Baywood inn Bed and Breakfast and the Back Bay Inn


The Baywood/Los Osos Farmers Market is held every Monday between 2 and 4pm. Dozens of local farmers showcase and sell the fruits of their labors and the event is always popular with locals and tourists alike.

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The Elfin Forest Recreational Reserve is an eleven mile expanse that offers one of the most popular hiking trails in North County. The name of the forest comes from stems the unique pygmy oak trees that grow all along the boardwalk. These trees which only reach a maximum height of 12 feet are really called Stunted Coastal Live Oaks and they are native to the area/ the Elfin Forest is also home to hundreds of different species of animals and plants and there are designated picnic areas and mountain viewing points at scenic spots throughout the reserve.


The Los Osos Community Park is located in the heart of the town and offers communal barbeque pits,tennis courts and children’s play areas. It also houses the South Bay Community Center,a privately run facility that is available for hire by the local public for weddings and other events.


The Los Osos Oaks State Reserve is home to hundreds of antiquated oak trees, most believed to be 600-800 years old. Over the centuries the oaks have twisted into strange, contorted shapes and a two mile long hiking trail takes visitors past all of them as well as baywood, sycamore and cottonwood trees. The Los Osos Oaks state Reserve is maintained by the National Parks Association and guided hikes along the trail are provided by wardens on most weekends.

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The Sweet Springs Nature Preserve is a 24 acre expanse of wetlands that is home to a variety of nesting and migrating birds. The preserve also has two gorgeous freshwater ponds filled with local fish and a hiking trail that winds through eucalyptus groves and past small ponds filled with basking turtles. The hiking trail is a favorite amongst North County hikers and tourists and the trails are normally quite well populated. The Preserve is managed and maintained by the Morro Coast Audubon Society.


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