Parks in San Mateo County & Silicon Valley
UPDATE: As we move forward through the reopening phases, many of our parks have reopened throughout San Mateo County and Palo Alto. However, we encourage visitors to check the park's websites in advance for the latest information and to follow these guidelines:
- Make sure you and members of your household maintain 6 feet of distance between you and others.
- Carry a face covering and wear it when you can’t achieve physical distance.
- Fast walkers, joggers, and cyclists should advise when passing and slowing down and/or move to the other side of the trail to create distance.
- Visitors with multiple strollers should walk single file to allow space for others to pass.
- Parking may be limited.
- Pack out what you pack in.
- Playgrounds, picnic areas, and visitor centers remain closed.
For more information on parks, visit the San Mateo County Parks Department website. For more information on parks in Palo Alto, please visit the City of Palo Alto's parks department website.
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The outdoors are one of the many things that make San Mateo County and Silicon Valley so unique. The blend of high-tech companies with nature and beautiful San Mateo County parks truly makes our destination one of a kind. Hikers, runners, cycling enthusiasts, equestrians, and garden fans will all find a park to suit their interests.
Looking to challenge yourself? Hike the San Bruno Mountain State Park and enjoy gorgeous views of San Francisco Bay. Looking to immerse yourself in a redwood forest? Plan to visit either Butano State Park or Memorial Park and walk among giant redwood trees. Or perhaps you need a breath of fresh air after multiple meetings in Silicon Valley? We recommend visiting Arastradero Preserve or Edgewood Park, both featuring great hiking trails to clear your mind.
Northern Region Parks
For northern bay folks, Oyster Point Park & Marina in South San Francisco offers 33 acres of paved trails, picnic areas, and even sandy beaches. On nice days you can even kick back and watch boat launches and fishermen!
Meanwhile, the famous Junipero Serra County Park in San Bruno is a 103-acre space of meadows and hills, providing areas for hiking and picnicking. This San Mateo County Park is also a great spot to glimpse at beautiful views of the San Francisco Bay.
Another park offering gorgeous views is the San Bruno Mountain State & County Park. The summit is an iconic part of the peninsula’s horizon and it's 1,314’-high peak provides visitors with sweeping 360° panoramic views of the entire Bay Area.
Central Region Parks
Located in San Mateo, Central Park’s Japanese Tea Garden is one of the finest gardens in California. Designed by landscape architect Nagao Sakurai of the Imperial Palace of Tokyo, the park features beauty such as a tea house, koi pond, granite pagoda, and a bamboo grove. Be sure to visit in the early spring when the cherry blossoms are in bloom!
Another great park in San Mateo is Seal Point Park, which offers a beautiful Bayfront view with multiple recreation activities. The park features pathways for walking, cycling, birdwatching, and even a 3-acre dog park! You and your furry friend will love walking the boardwalk along the bay marshes.
Coastal Region Parks
McNee Ranch State Park in Pacifica is a beautiful and scenic park and a favorite for Bay Area mountain bikers! Steep, tough fire roads wind through an assortment of Bay Area plants, leading to a nearly 1,900-foot peak with gorgeous views!
Butano State Park in Pescadero was created in 1957 to protect California’s coast redwood trees. Today, visitors can discover a quiet canyon filled with towering redwood trees, California’s finest! Featuring 40 miles of hiking trails winding through 4,000 acres of land, you won’t want to miss this magical spot!
SOUTHERN REGION PARKS
Also, right off of interstate 280 in Edgewood Park in Redwood City. This 467-acre park of woodlands and grasslands provides wonderful sightseeing opportunities. Springtime is the best time to go, as all of the wildflowers are in perfect bloom!