|Thornton State Beach|
|Location||San Mateo County, California, USA|
|Nearest city||Daly City, California|
|Area||58 acres (23 ha)|
|Governing body||California Department of Parks and Recreation|
Thornton State Beach is a protected beach in the state park system of California, USA, but is officially closed to the public. It is located on the Pacific coast of Daly City in the San Francisco Bay Area. The park was closed due to damage and continued danger from landslides, though locals still access the site for hiking, horseback riding, and beach activities. 58-acre (23 ha) park was established in 1955.The
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