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The Fiscalini Ranch Preserve is an inviting, historic oceanfront sanctuary offering visitors a rare expanse of nature and solitude within walking distance of the California Central Coast village of Cambria. The Ranch is far from the largest of coastal ecosystems, but it features more biological diversity in a confined area than many larger preserves. It is bordered on the north by a mile and a half of riparian habitat that encompasses tidal effect zones, seasonal freshwater marshes and wetlands dotted with birds. The Monterey pine forest (one of five remaining native stands in the world) serves as habitat and cover for wildlife moving between the coastal range and the ocean bluffs.
The most outstanding natural feature of the preserve is the dramatic ocean bluff that runs more than a mile along the shoreline. The rocky coast rises to a 200-foot ridge with breath-taking views of migrating whales, birds and playful otters before sloping southeastward to the willow-edged creek. Each spring, the meadows boast beautiful wildflower displays.
The Ranch offers a rare expanse of nature and solitude, almost a back-country experience, but within walking distance of inns, restaurants, shops, and neighborhoods. Featuring several miles of trails and regularly scheduled docent-led walks, the Ranch is free and open to the public every day from dawn until dusk.