The Dana Point Headlands Conservation Area contains over 150 species of plants and animals that are native to coastal Southern California. Several rare and indigenous plant communities are found on the site, including; southern coastal bluff scrub, native grasslands, maritime succulent scrub, mixed chaparral, and coastal sage scrub. The unique setting and mix of habitats on the Headlands also provides a home for rare and threatened plants and animals. The Headlands are home to the Federally listed Pacific Pocket Mouse and Coastal California Gnatcatcher.
The four conservation parks that comprise the nearly 60 acres of the Headlands are; Harbor Point Conservation Park, CNLM Dana Point Preserve, Hilltop Conservation Park and South Strands Conservation Park. A public trail system, approximately three miles in length, links all the conservation parks and public open space areas of the Headlands. The system includes pedestrian trails, coastal and beach access, scenic overlooks, and the Nature Interpretive Center. The trails maximize public coastal access and ocean view opportunities, while conserving the extremely rare resources on the Headlands. These trails provide a comprehensive system that reinforces the relationship between the Headlands, the beaches, the Dana Point Harbor and the Pacific Ocean.
The parks and trails can be reached either off of Green Lantern or at Dana Strand Rd. (end of Selva Rd.), with limited parking available along these streets or at the Nature Interpretive Center parking lot.
The trails are open from 7 a.m. to SUNSET daily