The Douglas Family Preserve, formerly “The Wilcox Property,” is a spectacular 70+ acres of open space on beachside bluffs with breathtaking ocean views. It is one of Santa Barbara’s most treasured outdoor spaces. Mostly undeveloped, The Douglas Family Preserve has over three miles of trails with beautiful foliage and wildlife. Biking is allowed throughout the Preserve and experienced hang gliders are able to use one area of the park.
It is a popular destination for four-legged friends and their owners. While dogs must be on leash entering the Preserve, there is a designated off-leash area marked by signs.
The Douglas Family Preserve is on the Mesa, a family-friendly neighborhood, and can be accessed via Borton Drive, Mesa School Lane, Medcliff Drive, and at the Oak Grove Trail at the intersection of Las Positas Road and the southern side of Cliff Drive.
The Douglas Family Preserve is near Elings Park and sits above Arroyo Burro Beach.