Howe Homestead Park

2950 Walnut Blvd, Walnut Creek, CA 94596

Howe Homestead Park is just a brief walk from downtown and the western entrance to Shell Ridge. You get an idea of the region as it emerged in the early 1930s by crossing the ancient stone bridge from Howe Homestead's parking lot. Hikers can walk 10 miles to Mount Diablo crest from the Kovar Trail. A tiny picnic area is accessible on a first come, first serve basis and a toilet is situated in the main portion of the park. The park is the former home of James Howe, a correspondent for the Associated Press at the beginning of the 20th century. He was born in Kansas and traveled the world and reported on events such as the earthquake in San Francisco in 1906 and the First World War, interviewing many people who influenced the world, including Stalin, King George V and Gandhi. After he retired to Walnut Creek in 1935, he had the house renovated and set up his property. He was a winemaker, breeder of pigeons, grower of nut, gourmet, and collector. This 6.5-acre park was originally home to James and Mia Howe, who bought the property in 1910. Howe was a legendary correspondent from the Associated Press globe back when Mainstream Media was not a derogatory word. Named "Gopher Gulch," because of the big amount of gopher holes that stay on the estate, it is now home to a park and a series of community gardens. For five years, there is a waiting list to get one of the garden locations. A tiny collection of ancient farming instruments, including a walnut huller, is also on display, adequately enough. The Kovar Trail runs from the park to the Shell Ridge Open Space for those who are so inclined, and finally to the top of Mt. Diablo. But despite just searching for a brief break from the insanity of the day, Howe Homestead Park is a wonderful place to visit.

This amazing foundation is located near the following places of interest in Walnut Creek, California:


  • Castle Rock Park
  • Lesher Center for the Arts
  • Bedford Art Gallery
  • Walnut Creek BART Station
  • Howe Homestead Park
  • Boundary Oak Golf Course
  • Heather Farm Park, including Gardens at Heather Farm and all-abilities playground
  • Civic Park, including seasonal outdoor skating rink
  • Walnut Creek City Hall
  • Broadway Plaza Shopping Center
  • Lindsay Wildlife Museum