Alum Rock Park

Alum Rock Park is a large 720-acre natural park set in the rolling hills of the Diablo Range. The park is a fantastic destination for nature-friendly outdoor activities like hiking, bicycling, horseback riding, picnicking and of course, just soaking in the beauty of nature.

The oldest park in California

Alum Rock Park was founded in 1872 and is the oldest municipal park in the state of California. In the early 1900s, this park was a famous health spa with several mineral springs, a swimming pool and restaurant. However, overcrowding mandated that the park be restored to its natural heritage and many of the man-made structures were pulled down.

Rugged terrain and natural beauty

Today, the park has about 13 miles of trails, a children’s playground, lawns and several designated picnic spots. The Youth Science Center is an educational place for children with its own natural museum which includes mounted birds as well as a few live rescued birds including owls and hawks. The Penitencia Creek gurgles through the park most months of the year and boasts quaint stone bridges, some over a century old.

The Alum Rock Park is a superb place where nature is the star of the show and that makes the visit all the more worthwhile.