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Nojoqui Falls Park, Solvang

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Nojoqui Falls is a seasonal waterfall in the Santa Barbara County, California park of the same name.
The falls drop nearly 100 feet over a sandstone wall of the Jalama Formation.
From the sign posted near the falls: "Unlike most waterfalls, which gradually erode upstream, the Nojoqui Falls have built outward from the cliff over time. Calcium and magnesium carbonate from rocks above the falls continually dissolve in the stream water, then are deposited as this water evaporates from the rock around the falls. Stalactites in a cave grow in the same slow manner, and are made of the same type of rock, called travertine. Grooves in the main travertine deposit and a gently curved notch at the base of the falls have formed where the rock has dissolved once again into the stream."
The falls are located one and a half miles east of Highway 101 approximately five miles south of Buellton and about 7 miles southwest of the city of Solvang via Alisal Road. The falls are at the end of a short trail south of the parking lot. Access to the falls themselves has been blocked since 2014 due to landslides Add Nojoqui Falls Park to your Solvang travel itinerary, and discover new vacation ideas by using our Solvang trip itinerary planning tool.
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  • We were on our way up to Solvang and we were looking for something to see or do on the way up. About 15 minutes outside of Solvang is this quaint little hike to a very tiny waterfall. The hike up is.....  more
    We were on our way up to Solvang and we were looking for something to see or do on the way up. About 15 minutes outside of Solvang is this quaint little hike to a very tiny waterfall. The hike up is.....  more »
  • We saw this in the map and decided to try it out. We were pleasantly surprised. As the previous two days had heavy rain, there was decent water in the falls. Plenty of parking available . And the... 
    We saw this in the map and decided to try it out. We were pleasantly surprised. As the previous two days had heavy rain, there was decent water in the falls. Plenty of parking available . And the...  more »
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  • Beautiful park and waterfall that’s easy to access and get to within a short amount of time. This was the shortest hike I’ve been on in order to reach a waterfall! I came about 45 minutes before sunset, since the park closes at sunset. Parking was free and there was a restroom located in the parking lot. The whole “hike” to the water fall took about 20 minutes and there were a lot of cute bridges along the way and benches that you could sit at to just enjoy nature. Would definitely highly recommend stopping by this park.
  • We were visiting Santa Barbara and ventured out. This is our first time in this park. It’s a short hike to the falls and there was only a trickle of water. The drive to the park was beautiful with a winery close by & horse ranch. It is a beautiful park with a playground. The fall colors of the leaves were beautiful. Glad that we dropped by to get a little exercise before heading to Solvang.

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