Nojoqui Falls After it Rains

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Approximately forty minutes north of Santa Barbara, right off the 101, sits little Nojoqui County Park with a beautiful, short hike to a pretty water fall, Nojoqui Falls. I’ve heard the falls are seasonal and can be dry most of the year except after decent rainfall. We just happened to be driving the coast back from Cambria and decided to stop on the way home hoping there would be water falling at Nojoqui Falls.

The weekend was a wet one, the wettest we’ve had in a while and I thought it would be a perfect place for a pit stop to stretch our aching legs and let out some steam.

The park is easy to find with only a few turns off the highway and a short drive on quaint country roads. Once in the park we drove straight to the trail head where there was plenty of parking that day.

Eight of us traveled as a group for the weekend away and we took two cars. The wonderful thing about pit stops like this is we can gather our thoughts and re-connect as a group.

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re-uniting on the trail

Nojoqui Falls Trail

The trail is beautiful and lush. I’m partial to tree covered trails and I found this one to be lovely and greener than I expected. The trail is very short, 2/3 of a mile round trip, with light elevation gain to the falls including stone and wooden stairs. The trail is¬†shaded by trees most of the way and is wide and well-marked. Just follow the trail to the end of the canyon and you will reach the falls.

Nojoqui Falls is 80 feet high and a lovely sight. At the falls there is a stone viewing platform (I’m curious about the history of the platform) to the left and a small cave on the right embankment my kids climbed up to.

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a peek of the falls

The little kids seemed to enjoy this short hike.

I’m pretty sure the “big” kids did too!

Additional Information:

  • The park entry is free.
  • There are bathrooms near the trail head, but were closed the day we visited. There are more bathrooms located throughout the park.
  • Michele at Nature Play Trips has a nice write-up about Nojoqui Falls and the park
  • Hikespeak also has a detailed write-up here.
  • Nojoqui Falls County Park website.
  • Please note: there may not always be water at the falls, especially during a dry year and warmer months.


  1. says

    What an awesome waterfall! I’ll have to tuck this away for future reference. I don’t travel up that way often, but this is a gem and would make a perfect rest stop.


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