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Alum Rock Park

16240 Alum Rock Ave, San Jose, CA 95121
408 259 5477
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Ranked #12 of 77 attractions in San Jose
Type: Parks
Description: Alum Rock Park is 718 acres, has restrooms, 149 picnic tables, 85 BBQs, and 2 playgrounds.
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Greenville, North Carolina, United States
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13 reviews 13 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2013

This is a great park. it has beautiful natural trails and scenic views from the mountains. It is very close to San Jose downtown and you can hike there the whole day. Not crowded at all, quiet and very well maintained. Highly recommended for hiking!

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San Jose, California
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56 reviews 56 reviews
10 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2013

Remains of a 1920s resort in a gorge above San Jose. Been going there for nearly 40 years. Easy walks to tough hikes when you throw in the adjoining open space. Go there after a hard rain sometime and you'll see the creek in flood. Spectacular!

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San Jose, California
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2013

I love this timeless park for the beauty of nature and remants of past histories (handmade stone bridges and quaint "altars" around the natural springs. Although one reviewer wrote about a :"pool" when he was a child, the "natatorium" was removed by 1975. Read a fascinating history of the park here: http://www.nnvesj.org/Archives/ARPHistory.htm. Parking $6 in summer and on weekends.

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San Francisco
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39 reviews 39 reviews
4 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2013

My son did baseball camp at the park and when he was finished everyday he excitedly wanted to spend time in the park as well. After 6 hours of baseball one would think that you'd run out of energy!

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TEXAS
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100 reviews 100 reviews
29 attraction reviews
60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2013

A great place to go. I grew up in San Jose and this was the place to go, The pool was a must, the grounds are great and wide open, The water was not great, But don't miss it if you are in the area. BUD CARTER

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Fremont, California
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38 reviews 38 reviews
14 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2013

We used to spend many Saturday mornings taking the kids for a "dumb walk". But I think the variety of plants, trees, birds, and other animals made a pleasant day every time. We always see deer, and a hike to the top of eagle rock is good for the circulation. We've brought visitors from all over the world here just... More

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Milpitas, California
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148 reviews 148 reviews
46 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2013

I grew up near this park, and used to go everyday when I was a kid. I volunteered at the YSI one Summer, and really think this is a special place. I remember some summers it would actually close down due to fire danger. It has a great park and picnic area, and think they charge to park on the... More

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California
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27 reviews 27 reviews
8 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2013

The hiking trails were well maintained, adequate parking, reasonable entrance fee, clean restrooms, picnic areas, plenty of shade trees. Disliked: Unfriendly park staff, vistor center permanently closed, unique natural spring sites not protected.

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Sunnyvale, California
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47 reviews 47 reviews
20 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2013

You have serious hikes and nice walks both. The area along the creek is really beautiful. Lots of birds, too.

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Fremont, California
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22 reviews 22 reviews
6 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2013

It's just a short hike to a panoramic view of the Bay Area! There is a lot of nature to see here. Alum Rock is a really beautiful place; I like it a lot. Easy hiking or mountain biking for families. It is free to visit, but there is a $6 fee to park your vehicle. Many people park outside... More

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