Burleigh H. Murray Ranch State Park is a 1,325-acre park located in the foothills just southeast of Half Moon Bay. The park is named after Burleigh H. Murray, who owned the ranch from 1924 until his death in 1975. The park was established in 1979 and is managed by the California Department of Parks and Recreation.
It is a great destination for outdoor enthusiasts and history buffs alike. It offers visitors the opportunity to explore the area’s natural beauty and rich history. The trail is multiuse: bikers, hikers and equestrians are all welcome.
The park is home to a variety of habitats, including oak woodland, chaparral, and riparian areas. It also contains several historic structures, including the Mills barn, a blacksmith shop, and a cabin built by Burleigh H. Murray.
The primary trail follows the old ranch roach that winds its way alongside Mills Creek for about one mile up to Mills barn and surrounding outbuildings. For the most part, the trail is fairly level. It does have some moderate climbs and, depending on the weather, can have some major erosion.
The park has porta potties, trash cans and picknick tables. No drinkable water.
It is one of the few State Parks that allow dogs on a six-foot leash.
For more information, https://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=535.