Elings Park - Santa Barbara

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Mileage: 1-3 • Path: Dirt Path • Region: Santa Barbara
User Types: Walks, Dog Walks, Family Friendly, Biking, Running, Kid Safe
Features: Viewpoints, Sunset

The 236-acre park has baseball and soccer fields for the kids and plenty of places for a wonderful picnic at one of the many sites overlooking the city. From the developed part of the park you can hike up onto the top of the hills where you'll have views in all directions. The Memorial Walk and Terrace of Remembrance honoring the county residents who have died in hostilities is very special. There is more rustic hiking on the south side of the park. From Cliff Drive you can hike up and watch the paragliders take off.

Walk Details

  • Length: 1-3 miles
  • Path Type: Dirt single track trails.
  • Use Fees: None
  • Canine: OK for dogs on leash.
  • Hours: Open from sunrise to sunset.

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User Types: Hiker , Dog Walkers , Kids , Bicyclists , Trail Runners , Families
Features: ViewpointsSunset
Region: Santa Barbara

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Access / Getting There

From Highway 101 in Santa Barbara exit on Las Positas. Drive 1.2 miles south towards the ocean to the entrance to Elings Park. Turn left and take the park road .4 miles to the parking area near the soccer fields. The rustic trail leads up from the ocean side of the road. To reach the paragliding area, continue on Las Positas to Cliff Drive. Turn left and then left again in .2 miles on a dirt turnoff which leads up to an open field where you can park your car.


Things to Know

Elings Park is named after Dr. Virgil Elings and his family, who contributed $1.5 million in February, 1999 to help support the long-term financial stability of the park. Formerly the area was known as the Las Positas Friendship Park. 


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Last Updated: Monday, November 10, 2014