Sweet Springs Nature Preserve

Welcome to the Sweet Springs Nature Preserve!

The Sweet Springs Nature Preserve is located on Ramona Avenue in the town of Los Osos. It offers hiking trails and excellent views of Morro Bay and Morro Rock. Sweet Springs is a 24 acre preserve with a trail system approximately 1 mile long. Dogs are allowed on the trail as long as they are on a leash. There is no beach access. Get printable directions (PDF) to the preserve and a viewable map.

History of the Sweet Springs Site - from ~500 AD to 1989
Archeological artifacts indicate the area where Sweet Springs is located was originally settled by the Chumash as early as 500 AD and lived there through the late 1700s. The area was subsequently “discovered” by the Spaniard Captain Gaspar de Portola on the ‘Sacred Expedition,’ from Mexico through San Diego to Upper California, from 1769 to 1770.
Read more about the history of Sweet Springs...

East Sweet Springs Expansion Project
The Morro Coast Audubon Society has applied to the County of San Luis Obispo for a minor use permit (MUP) allowing for native plant restoration and public access project at East Sweet Springs. East Sweet Springs is an 8.3-acre parcel that together with West Sweet Springs and Central Sweet Springs forms the Sweet Springs Nature Preserve. The Morro Coast Audubon Society has managed the Preserve since 1988, and acquired the East parcel in 2008.
Read more about the East Sweet Springs Expansion Project.

Get Involved! Read about volunteer opportunities at Sweet Springs Preserve.