Visit the Wetlands of Watsonville

The City of Watsonville’s nature trails provide easy public access to this 800 acre freshwater wetland. More than six miles of paved trails and 29 trail entrances in Watsonville neighborhoods offer new opportunities to enjoy the natural beauty of our special wetlands for recreation and relaxation.

Over 200 species of waterfowl, raptors and songbirds live in and migrate through the wetlands, making it an ideal place to watch for feathered creatures, or enjoy one of the many trails winding through the area. Nearby, the Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Reserve is one of California’s last undisturbed coastal wetlands. The annual Monterey Bay Birding Festival each September is a captivating way to take in the sights.


Top 5 Reasons to Visit the Wetlands of Watsonville

  1. Great spot for birding with over 200 species of birds.
  2. One of the LARGEST remaining freshwater wetlands in the Central Coast of California.
  3. Over six miles of walking, biking, and jogging trails for the whole family with 29 easily accessible trail entrances.
  4. Diverse wildlife to discover. Including muskrats, bobcats and tree frogs.
  5. Free Guided Nature Walks offered through the City Nature Center located in the back of Ramsay Park at 30 Harkins Slough Rd.

Wetlands of Watsonville trail map brochures available at the City Nature Center, City Hall and the Watsonville Library. You can download the trail map below.

Wetland Trail map (9.4 MiB)

struve slough trail

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