Point Cabrillo Light Station State Historic Park
- Visitor center
- Accessible Restrooms
- Accessible Parking
The waters around the headland were an important food source for Pomo Indians, who harvested their abundant sea life, including abalone and mussels. Today, these waters are part of the Point Cabrillo State Marine Conservation Area, and no plants or animals may be removed.
Trails and Pathways
- Pathway from lower lot to lighthouse
- Trailhead Location:
- Lower parking lot
- Trail Length:
- Less than .5 mile
- Typical Width:
- 30 in. to 4 ft.
- Typical Grade:
- Accessible Parking:
- Yes – designated accessible parking, van accessible, firm, level or slope no greater than 2%;
At upper and lower lot (light station). With a disabled placard you can drive the park access road (only open to authorized vehicles and pedestrians) a half-mile to the light station; otherwise, you can park in the upper lot and walk the half-mile paved access road to the light station.
- Accessible Restroom:
- Yes – State Parks’ website says the restrooms at the visitor center are closed, but they were open during my visit in September. Another restroom is behind the rental property by the lower lot.
- Accessible Picnic Table:
- Yes – firm & stable path to tables, firm & stable surface, 27" or greater knee clearance; A few picnic tables in the mowed grasslands by the lower parking lot require travel across firm grass. One close to an accessible walkway is behind the lighthouse.
- Accessible Visitor Center:
- Yes – The ramped main entry to the lighthouse visitor center has a three-inch threshold that I couldn't navigate in a motorized wheelchair. Behind the center there is level entry, but someone must unlock the door for you. Once inside the restored 1904 lighthouse, knowledgeable volunteers from Point Cabrillo Lightkeepers Association are eager to talk about the history of the light station and the timber industry's evolution in this region. There are displays on the history of the Pomo Indians, including artifacts, and on the sinking of the Frolic, a clipper brig bound for San Francisco during the Gold Rush in 1850. A replica of the ship and a cannon that was rescued by divers are among the exhibits. A small gift shop has books, gifts, and lighthouse and nautical-theme items.
Nearby, the blacksmith and carpentry shop contains an exhibit on marine science; a three-inch threshold at the entry limits wheelchair access. Another visitor center, housed in a historic farmhouse at the upper parking lot, is closed until further notice because of State Parks budget cuts.