More rock than sand, the beach along Jade Cove has become popular with rockhounds - serious and amateur - who come to search for the elusive stone after which the cove was named. As the base of a dramatic cliff, the beach is pounded by the waves even on calm days, and the area is even more popular for hang gliding. Still, if you want to spend a day looking for the elusive semi-precious stones, bring a hand trowel and bucket and try your luck.
The head of the trail leading to the cove can be difficult to find. Drive just a half mile south of the Plaskett Creek Campground and look for the National Forest sign. No overnight camping is allowed on the beach.
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