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Helen Putnam Park

Address: Chileno Valley Rd., Petaluma, CA
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Ranked #2 of 18 Attractions in Petaluma
Activities: Hiking
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Petaluma, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2015

A bit off the beaten path which means that there is always parking and not too many people. I assume kids would like it but we don't have kids so that is just a guess. There are several hiking trails, low to medium difficulty, many of which offer nice views.

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petaluma
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2014

Best local park one could ask for. Great for running or biking or riding horseback. Nice views and well maintained trails.

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Petaluma, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2014

I love how this park has so many different trails. I really like how you can find shaded trails and there are different hiking levels. It is also very beautiful!

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Petaluma, California
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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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41 attraction reviews
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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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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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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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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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