WORLD FAMOUS GLASS BEACH
Glass Beach is located on the northwest corner of Fort Bragg. There is a large parking lot and pet friendly
hiking trails leading down to the shoreline. Be sure to lock your car, use leashes and good dog etiquete
and never turn your back on the ocean; as large sleeper waves can come in at any time and take you or your
loved ones out to sea where deep ice cold waters and sharks await. This area of the coastline was a dumping
ground for trash and glass bottles. Over the years the ocean waves and tides have moved pieces of broken
glass over the rocky shoreline, breaking and polishing them into pieces of broken glass of various colors
and sizes; some very rare and valuable.
THE WORLD FAMOUS GLASS BEACH is at the end of Elm Street in Fort Bragg. There is no admission and
folks travel here from all over the world looking for treasure. For years it was a dump or “trash beach”.
First horse and buggy; then residents would back their pick-up trucks to the edge of the cliff and unload
their trash. Fire would burn away anything that wasn’t enduring. The ocean would flush, rush and crush the
contents; each tide and storm would reduce the rubble. What remains today are little pieces of broken glass
of various colors and sizes; some very rare and valuable. This is Glass Beach.
The Sea Glass Museum, in the historic Union Lumber Company Store, is a great place to explore the
history of Glass Beach and purchase a souvenir of rare treasure collected by sea glass and Glass Beach
expert Captain Cass Forrington. His museum is a must see in Fort Bragg. The symbology of Glass Beach is
expressed by local minister Greg Esher of Grace Church, a place of worship and “hubs and routes” emergency
shelter for the less fortunate. Greg states “God can take the trash of your life and His refining turbulent
love can wash the filth away, deposit it in the deepest part of the ocean never to be seen again. He can carry
away the pain as far as the “east is from the west” and your life will be changed from trash to treasure,
your mess into a message, your test into testimony, your stumbling block into a stepping stone, and your
brokenness into blessings.”