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Wilder Ranch State Park

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Address: Highway One, Santa Cruz, CA
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Activities: Hiking, Biking

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Scenic old dairy by the sea

This is such a special property. The buildings have been preserved and the tours and activities are great for families. There are many trails throughout the property; a nice loop... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 19, 2015
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Santa Cruz, CA
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Santa Cruz, CA
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19 reviews 19 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

This is such a special property. The buildings have been preserved and the tours and activities are great for families. There are many trails throughout the property; a nice loop that borders the cliffside, as well as several inland trails that reward you with hawk sightings as well as lovely coastal views. Many places off the trails to picnic depending... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015

Lots of seals!!! Beautiful ocean and cliff views. Some of the hikes are locked off. It looks like they are now private property. BOOOOO! i went right a ways. A lovely surprise.

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California
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29 reviews 29 reviews
4 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015

Came with my kids field trip to tour the buildings, which were fun for kids and adults alike. Have now come back several times to walk and hike the various trails. Stunning views and well marked paths. We will come back for the Specialty Days they do a few times a year to check out the buildings again.

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Seattle, Washington
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23 attraction reviews
71 helpful votes 71 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2015

A short hike brought us to a lookout where we saw peregrine falcons and ravens in the wetlands, with dolphins frolicking in the ocean. Awesome! We walked a ways along the cliff, with a brief foray down to a small sandy beach. Enjoyed that there were few others so it was peaceful. The ranch buildings unfortunately were closed on the... More 

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Ben Lomond
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6 reviews 6 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2015

If a beautiful State park rich in History. The park sits right on the Ocean. There are animals and historical buildings. Makes a great Sunday get away.

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Santa Cruz, California
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35 reviews 35 reviews
15 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015

We would have missed really seeing what was there if we hadn't taken the guided tour. It was really interesting to my engineer husband to see what looked like an old house, but actually had some really interesting features, since the owner was an engineer and not just a farmer!!

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Santa Cruz, California
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15 reviews 15 reviews
12 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015

Wilder Ranch State Park has something for everyone: hikers, bicyclists, runners, photographers, artists, birders, whale watchers, and those interested in the history of the Central California Coast. On the ocean side are trails that wind around cliffs as well as a visitor center and farm. On the other side of Highway 1 are trails that start in Coastal grassland and... More 

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9 reviews 9 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2015

It's up and down hills, bucolic, filled with barns and other buildings, passing a horse boarding place, just a lovely place and the bike trail is off the road but not a mountain biking kind of path.

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Capitola, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015

Wilder Ranch is a treasure. You can easily ride your bike to Wilder from the West Cliff Drive area - follow the bike trail that parallels the freeway, it ends at Wilder. Lots of mountain bike trails from really hard to easy, hiking is great and there is a cool display of old farm machinery. Take a picnic, there are... More 

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Santa Cruz, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015

Don't miss this jewel of a state park. There are historical interpreters who volunteer to share their areas of interest with you. Wild flower walks and birding walks. The coast trail is a good place to ride a bicycle with young ones. If you are into big mountains and lots of challenging single track there is more than enough to... More 

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