Runners, walkers and naturalists will find a haven in the Batiquitos Lagoon located in Carlsbad. Bordered on the northern side by the Batiquitos Trail system, the 561 acre lagoon is protected by municipal ordinances as a game sanctuary and bird estuary.
The lagoon is home to many different wildlife species, including plants, fish and birds. Endangered birds such as the Snowy Plover, California Least Tern and Clapper Rail have been spotted there.
The public walking and hiking trail along the lagoon’s north shore is currently 1.3 miles long, and additional trail segments are planned. The Batiquitos Lagoon Foundation offers many different docent-led walks along the trail from its nature center.
The foundation also provides informational pamphlets for self-guided nature walks. There are several access points to the north shore trail, primarily along Batiquitos Drive.
Dogs are allowed on the trail, but must be leashed at all times. (760) 931-0800 www.batiquitosfoundation.org