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Address: 16240 Alum Rock Ave, San Jose, CA 95121
Phone Number: 408 259 5477
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Mon - Fri 8:00 am - 4:30 pm
Description: Alum Rock Park is 718 acres, has restrooms, 149 picnic tables, 85 BBQs...
Alum Rock Park is 718 acres, has restrooms, 149 picnic tables, 85 BBQs, and 2 playgrounds.
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A day in the sun

I love this park off the beaten path. Lots of wildlife, water in the creek, lots of kids on the playground. The YSI nature center has some cool animals. I wish they would... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 20, 2015
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San Jose, California
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San Jose, California
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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2015

I love this park off the beaten path. Lots of wildlife, water in the creek, lots of kids on the playground. The YSI nature center has some cool animals. I wish they would feature natives and not animals from other areas.

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New York City, New York
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20 reviews 20 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015

Enjoyed an hour and a half hike on one of the trails. I don't recall the exact one but we are beginner hikers and this was perfect. I suggest you go before it gets very warm as you can work up quite a sweat.

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San Jose, California
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43 reviews 43 reviews
9 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2015

This is a beautiful park with many hiking trails full of wildlife (I saw multiple turkey vultures and deer on my hike). Some of the trails take you through shaded areas, while others have you out in the open climbing on steep hills. You can follow one trail uphill for a fantastic view of San Jose. One downside is that... More 

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San Jose, CA
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16 reviews 16 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

Weekday mornings are the best. If you go often enough, you realize there are a lot of regular walkers, hikers, and mountain bikers. The park has good, healing energy. It's hard to describe. I always feel better after going for a walk, hike, or just taking the kids. Weekends, however, suck. Too many people!

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San Jose, CA
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12 reviews 12 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

We love this place for a hike without having to go too far. You can do the main trails by the creek for a very rustic yet not overly challenging (i.e. no hills) but still gets your blood pumping. I consistently get in over 10,000 steps on any given hike. If you want more challenge head to one of the... More 

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Findlay, Ohio
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11 reviews 11 reviews
5 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2015

When I arrived the park was closed to traffic. In circling the side streets I so a man and woman dressed for hiking. I inquired about the parking and they encouraged me to park on the side street and join them. I had a great time with Steven and his sister Louise. The were happy to point out the local... More 

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San Diego
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27 reviews 27 reviews
7 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2015

Just make sure you go into the main entrance (pay for parking at the booth and go up the hill). We are so thankful to see a place like this preserved in the urban sprawl. Unfortunately one great walking path was closed due to mud/rock slides, but we were still glad we stopped by.

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San Jose, California
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34 reviews 34 reviews
7 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2015

Awesome park that is both very outdoorsy for the serious hiker in you or the kick-back sort like me which likes a nice brisk walk with a picnic basket awaiting me in the car to enjoy in the picnic areas which are very both in social and secluded areas. Reservations for some picnic areas are recommended esp. during the summer.... More 

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Santa Clara, California
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56 reviews 56 reviews
25 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2014

Visitor center..open on sunday..correcting info first. Parking..free lot at entrance but is about 1.6 miles from visitor center. Inside parking $6. Take ur pick. No cell service inside. Pl note. We came with a group and couldnt coordinate..no service at all except once you hike up in open.we did 2 miles in north rim..easy hike n great with kids. My... More 

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Carlsbad, California
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014

Fee for parking. Can walk in but it's an addition to your hike! Beautiful paved walking trails & great hiking trails, too. Lots to observe so don't just watch your step! Fun bird watching, too.

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