We all love the summer, but there is something special about autumn, when the weather cools a bit and the long sleeves come out.
It’s a great time to get outdoors and discover what our region has to offer – and if you love escaping to Mother Nature, the area around Pleasanton has a LOT to offer.
Here are our five suggestions for places near Pleasanton where you can get a great taste of the outdoors:
1) Cull Canyon Regional Park
If you like to escape to the outdoors now and then, it’s hard to beat Cull Canyon Regional Park. Located in Castro Valley, this park has great trails and a fantastic swim lagoon that your kids will love – and it is staffed with lifeguards for their safety!
Many locals consider this an overlooked gem, so keep this secret between us, okay?
2) Pleasanton Ridge Regional Park
You can’t escape to the outdoors in Pleasanton without keeping the Pleasanton Ridge Regional Park in mind! You’ll find it off Foothill Road, and you’ll be quickly taken in by the massive 5,000-plus acres of gorgeous natural land in this sprawling park.
There is lots of room to roam thanks to the extensive hiking trails, and if you’re really want to go on an adventure, the park links to 150 miles of interconnected trails in the Interpark Regional Trails system that winds through the region.
3) Shadow Cliffs Regional Recreation Area
Think you have to take a long journey to experience some lovely Mother Nature? Think again. You won’t have to travel far to enjoy this outdoor experience.
Found at 2500 Stanley Boulevard, if you love fishing, boating, trails, or just relaxing on a beach, you’ll enjoy Shadow Cliffs Regional Recreation Area. It’s most popular during the summer months, but is just as fun to visit in the autumn.
4) Sunol Regional Wilderness
There are parks and then there is Sunol. This place is BIG. If you like to get completely immersed in Mother Nature when you go for a hike, look no further than this massive, expansive park. Located off Geary Road, this park is close to 7,000 acres of pastoral hills, herds of grazing cattle, and stunning vistas. It’s enough to take your breath away.
5) Del Valle Regional Park
Del Valle Regional Park is great because it packs a lot into its 4,400 acres, so no matter what you’re into when it comes to the outdoors, you’ll find it here.
This park features a five-mile long lake and many miles worth of hiking paths, plus a resort area, swimming lakes, picnic grounds, horseback riding, and lots more. It’s easy to spend a whole day here (and then some).