Huntington State Beach is two miles of broad beach extending from the Santa Ana River north to Beach Boulevard in Huntington Beach. City Beach then continues past Huntington Pier for another 3.5 miles to the western city limits. Parallel to the beach is the Huntington Beach Multiuse Trail, which travels the entire length of both beaches. In several places concrete paths extend onto the beach at about high-tide level. Amenities include food concessions, parking, restrooms, cold-water showers, beach volleyball courts, and fire rings.
The beach is a sanctuary for the threatened snowy plover, and a fenced-off preserve protecting the California least tern, a rare and endangered species, is at its southernmost end. Just south of the preserve you can cross under Pacific Coast Highway to connect to the Santa Ana River Trail, which travels inland 30 miles along a flood channel to the Orange/Riverside county line.
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