The 12,000-acre Diablo Canyon Lands are located in coastal San Luis Obispo County, California between Avila Beach and Morro Bay. The lands are comprised of three key properties targeted for conservation and sustainable public access: North Ranch, South Ranch, and Wild Cherry Canyon.
North Ranch (outlined in orange, in the map above) is the most northern section of the Diablo Canyon Lands and is about 4600 acres. It is located directly south of Montana de Oro State Park and north of Parcel P, where the Diablo Canyon Power Plant and support structures are located.
The property is owned by PG&E and current, managed public access is permitted (only) via the Point Buchon Trail, which was created as a condition for PG&E to obtain a Coastal Development Permit to construct a dry-cask storage facility for spent nuclear fuel generated on site.
South Ranch (in pink, in the map above) is the largest section of the Diablo Canyon Lands and about 5000 acres. It is located directly south of Parcel P, where the power plant and support structures are located.
The property is owned by Eureka Energy and managed public access is permitted in the southern section (only), via the Pecho Coast Trail, which was created as a condition for PG&E to obtain a Coastal Development Permit to construct a training facility.
1200 acres of South Ranch has been deed restricted to prevent future development there, as a condition for PG&E to obtain a Coastal Development Permit to replace its steam generator.
Wild Cherry Canyon (in yellow, in the map above) is about 2400 acres and is the most southern/eastern portion of the Diablo Canyon Lands. The property is owned by Eureka Energy, with long-term leases held by HomeFed (the property is under litigation to determine the validity of those leases.) Wild Cherry Canyon has been the subject of multiple (and as of yet unsuccessful) conservation attempts since 2000 by The Nature Conservancy and American Land Conservancy.
There is currently no public access to Wild Cherry Canyon.