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108 La Casa Via, Ste 102, Walnut Creek, CA 94598

Castle rock regional recreational park

1700 Castle Rock Rd, Walnut Creek, CA 94598

A regional park of the East Bay Regional Park District, it sweeps over a staggering 18,000 acres. It is located at the threshold of the Diablo Foothills, in an enthralling scenic sandstone canyon along Pine Creek. While the Diablo foothills recreation park forms its western borders, the Shell Ridge open space is located to its north.

Although the trails here give access to amazing rock formations and stunning natural creations, some of them can be quite strenuous. They offer a wide range of activities and are accessible all year round. 

Featuring parts of the American Discovery trail and the Coast to Crest trail, this region offers a plethora of wildlife and views to its visitors. Prominent oak woodlands are a dominant feature of this park, as are the sandstone formations.

In essence, this is one of those hidden gems that inspires you truly appreciate the efforts of the East Bay Regional Park District to preserve open space. Although geographically located right on the edge of Walnut Creek’s suburban boundaries, rejuvenating countrysides take over, once you hit the trail emerging up on the small canyon toward Mt Diablo. 

There are various picnic facilities and venues in the park, a majority of which is wheelchair accessible. Close to the park’s entrance, there is also a swimming pool which remains open during the summers.

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Eventually (beyond the first half mile) the trail becomes more picturesque as it winds up the canyon, while giving way to open rangeland after you’ve hiked for at least a mile. Moreover, if you will, you can access the much-visited mountain bike trail traversing this region. 

The trails lead to open spaces and longer trails, making it a quite ludicrous spot for adventure seekers. Also, as boarding stables line the road, this recreational park is immensely popular with equestrians. 

Besides picnic sites, the park offers spaces like horseshoes pits, volleyball court, basketball court, which are accessible to the public. Caves pocket the whole chain of towering sandstone structures that adequately serve as nesting sites for raptors. 

Last, but not least, if you are up for a steep walk uphill, the Buckeye Ravine Trail is a feasible shortcut route for returning to the Borges Ranch

 

This amazing hiking trail is located near the following trails in Walnut Creek, California:

  •         Mount Diablo State Park
  •         Diablo Foothills Regional Park
  •         Shell Ridge Open Space
  •         Briones Regional Park
  •         Sycamore Valley Open Space Preserve
  •         Las Trampas Regional Wilderness
  •         Howe Homestead Park

 

This amazing hiking trail is located near the following trails in Walnut Creek, California:

  •         Mount Diablo State Park
  •         Castle Rock Regional Recreation Area
  •         Shell Ridge Open Space
  •         Briones Regional Park
  •         Sycamore Valley Open Space Preserve
  •         Las Trampas Regional Wilderness
  •         Howe Homestead Park

 

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