Greenwood State Beach
Greenwood State Beach and islands
Map showing the location of Greenwood State Beach
Map showing the location of Greenwood State Beach
LocationMendocino County, California, United States
Nearest cityElk, California
Coordinates39°7′50″N 123°43′10″W / 39.13056°N 123.71944°W / 39.13056; -123.71944Coordinates: 39°7′50″N 123°43′10″W / 39.13056°N 123.71944°W / 39.13056; -123.71944
Area47 acres (19 ha)
Governing bodyCalifornia Department of Parks and Recreation

Greenwood State Beach, also known as Elk Beach, is a state-protected beach of California, United States. It is located in the unincorporated village of Elk in Mendocino County. It is located about 15 miles (24 km) north of Point Arena on Highway 1. The 47-acre (19 ha) park was established in 1978.[1]


The beach is located in Elk, a lumber town through the 19th century and early twentieth century. It was originally used by the L.E. White Lumber Company, which operated from 1884–1916. The Goodyear Redwood Lumber Company then purchased the land from 1916–1930. The old mill office of the lumber company is now a visitor center for the state beach.

The beach is named after Britton Bailey Greenwood, son of famed mountain man Caleb Greenwood.[2]

In 1995 the beach was renamed from Greenwood Creek State Beach to Greenwood State Beach.[3]

Proposed for closure

Greenwood State Beach is one of 70 California state parks proposed for closure by July 2012 as part of a deficit reduction program.[4]

See also


  1. ^ "California State Park System Statistical Report: Fiscal Year 2009/10" (PDF). California State Parks: 22. Retrieved 2012-01-24. Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  2. ^ Johnson, Kristin (2006-01-31). "Rescuers and Others". New Light on the Donner Party. Archived from the original on 2012-01-14. Retrieved 2012-01-24.
  3. ^ "Greenwood State Beach". City Profile. Retrieved 2012-01-24.
  4. ^ "State Parks Announces Closures" (PDF) (Press release). California State Parks. 2011-05-13. Retrieved 2011-09-24.