Imagine A Beach Made From Glass Not Sand!
From Trash To Treasure
Glass Beach is a beach in MacKerricher State Park near Fort Bragg, California. The cove is literally covered with millions of rounded pieces of glass.
From 1906 to 1967, everything from cars to batteries to bottles, cans and appliances were thrown over the cliffs into the ocean — a common practice of seaside cities for many centuries. Mother Nature kindly responded with a wonderful surprise in the form of smooth, coloured sea glass treasure in a rainbow of colours.
Fort Bragg’s has 3 Glass Beach Dump Sites. Most of the glass can be found at sites one and two; site 3 has the least amount of glass on the beach. Site one is not possible to reach by land because the cliffs surrounding the site are owned by the city and have “No Trespassing” signs. You can paddle board, kayak, or swim to Site One from Site Two when the conditions allow it.
Time and the pounding surf have corrected one of man’s mistakes turning the trash into treasure. It’s hard to believe today that back then people would throw any kind of rubbish straight into the ocean; but luckily in 1967 the North Coast Water Quality Board realized that this behaviour could not continue and a new dump was created away from the ocean.
Mother Nature Vs. Man.
Mother Nature has now taken control and cleansed and reclaimed the beach after years of abuse by man. Years of pounding waves and tidal action has crushed rounded and polished tons of glass and piled it onto the beach.