Harmony Headlands

State Park

Harmony Headlands

Sitting on one of the most beautiful stretches of the Central Coast of California, Harmony Headlands is made up of 748 acres of undeveloped land. Peaceful and underused, visitors can enjoy coastal scrub, rocky outcrops, wetlands, riparian corridors, ponds, wetlands, and wildlife along the 1.5 mile trail with 360° panoramic views.

Where is it?

South of Cayucos, Harmony Headlands stretches along historic Highway 1, and is named for the tiny town of Harmony – population 18.

History

Human occupation along California’s Central Coast dates back at least 10,000 years. The native people, ancestors to today’s Salinan or Chumash people, lived along the coastal bluffs and further inland. They traveled seasonally up and down stream drainages to take advantage of the various food, shelter and resources needed for survival.

 

The arrival of Europeans forever changed the lives of the native people. Recruited into the mission system, they succumbed to diseases to which they had no immunity. Today the Salinan and Chumash people are working to revive their ancient languages and cultural traditions. Lands along the Central Coast were granted to individuals, then often used for cattle and dairies. On the Harmony Headlands land, owners operated a dairy from the late-1800s until the mid-1960s. Like neighboring Estero Bluffs, the land was planned for development in the late 70s to 80s. However, in 2003, the American Land Conservancy bought the parcel and deeded it to California State Parks.

Recreation

As an undeveloped park, Harmony Headlands has no wheelchair access as of today. There is a portable restroom towards the beginning of the trail; dogs, horses, and bicycles are not permitted. Hours are from 6am – sunset.

Activities at Harmony Headlands