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Best Parks and Recreational Areas near Palo Alto CA 

Silicon Valley is one of the most densely packed areas in America, but there are still plenty of areas around us for you to get out and explore the outdoors – whether you’re looking to hike, fish or bike, the mountains and valleys south of us are yours for the taking. Check out the best parks and recreational areas near Palo Alto CA and start your adventures today! 

Castle Rock State Park   

There’s no shortage of fun at Castle Rock, located in Los Gatos. Here, you’ll find one of the most celebrated hiking spots in the state, with breathtaking and picturesque views to take in. Rock climbing, mountain biking, and even ziplining are available as well!  

Cornelis Bol Park 

Located right here in Palo Alto is Cornelis Bol Park, a 13.8-acre strip of land that offers a bike path, as well as room for you to go hiking, walking or jogging. The kids can enjoy themselves on the park playground as well, and there’s always space to have a picnic! 

Big Basin Redwoods State Park 

Big Basin Park is nestled deep in the Santa Cruz Mountains, and it’s there where you’ll find some incredible landscapes that are unique to the area. Beautiful mountain peak views and incredible waterfalls are in high supply here, and there are plenty of viewing platforms to take a load off and have a snack while you enjoy nature.  

Portola Redwoods State Park 

The Redwoods Forest is a place of wonder for many Californians, and Portola Redwoods State Park is here to help you get closer to the sights and sounds. It features beautiful creeks, gigantic waterfalls, and an awesome campsite that you and your friends can set up shop at. We can’t think of anything better than a couple days away from it all.  

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