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Helen Putnam Park

Chileno Valley Rd., Petaluma, CA
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Ranked #4 of 12 attractions in Petaluma
Type: Parks
Activities: Hiking
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Petaluma, California
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187 reviews 187 reviews
53 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2014

Living in Petaluma, this park is perfect for getting out and doing some trail running. It does not have an extensive array of trails, but for a good 2-3 mile aerobic workout, it can't be beat. I have the Sonoma Parks pass so I get up there 3-4 times a week - otherwise, the parking fee is $8. Popular on... More

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San Francisco, CA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2014

Helen Putnam Park, once you get to know the trails, is easily my favorite park in all of Sonoma County. I've probably hiked here forty times over twenty years. It's never crowded, for one thing, and the trails, particularly on the high hill area (if you climb up the hill from the parking lot toward the tree at the top)... More

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California
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35 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2014

Very nice park with rolling trails and lots of shade. Close to the city as well. Like the little pond nestled in the site as well. Used by equestrians as well. There is a bathroom near the parking lot. But my main message is be aware that there is a $7 parking charge for day use. Not a huge amount... More

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Marin County CA
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4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013

I moved to Petaluma a few years ago from Marin and missed the great hiking trails. I adopted a dog soon after moving to Petaluma and started looking for good places to take him, this is one of my favorites. It's not large, but you can do a few loops and take more time. There are a couple of good... More

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Petaluma, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2013

Helen Putnam Park is open space on the rolling hills just west of Petaluma. This is a lovely, safe place to enjoy easy hiking. It is hard to believe it is so close to a city.

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Petaluma, CA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

Great trail system and great views! You can hike short, or long - not too bike friendly - it would be very technical. Just be wary of poison oak - its everywhere.

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Petaluma, California
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11 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

This place gives plenty of space for hikers with many views from the top of the hill. Several places for a nice picnic.

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Petaluma, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2013

Great regional park for dog-walking , running or strolling. Beautiful views of green rolling hills (or golden...depending on the time of year you are there), for as far as you can see. Lots of trail choices as well as a paved trail which leads to a pond (doggie swimming hole.)

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Placerville, California
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34 attraction reviews
116 helpful votes 116 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2013

If you're a country girl stuck in the city (like me) you might need a Dixie Chick moment — Wide Open Spaces, that is. Helen Putnam Park is the perfect respite from the real world that is full of noise, traffic and just plain weirdos. The park offers a trail system that loops up offering a view of Petaluma below... More

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Petaluma, CA
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14 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2013

Helen Putnam Park has something for everyone. Near the entrance is a great play area for little ones as well as restrooms. From there you can take several trails in the park, all of which are well marked and some are paved at least some of the way. Take the obvious uphill ones for a wonderful view of Petaluma towards... More

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