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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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Beautiful trail along the coastal bluffs with birds, harbor seals

This park is located a few miles to the north of Santa Cruz on Highway 1. Originally an old rancho, and then a dairy ranch, there are a few old historical buildings and stables... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 2, 2015
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El Cerrito, California
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El Cerrito, California
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103 reviews 103 reviews
45 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015 NEW

This park is located a few miles to the north of Santa Cruz on Highway 1. Originally an old rancho, and then a dairy ranch, there are a few old historical buildings and stables, but the main attractions are the hiking and biking trails (34 miles in all). Parking is $10 for the day, and there are restrooms at the... More 

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Twain Harte
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13 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

Nice walk down to the old homestead. Looks pretty run down. nothing open. Cob webs every where, swallow nests taking over almost all the eves. Lost or people bike riding on trails for the visitors parking lot. Suppose to be a 4th of July celebration there. better get cleaning is all I got to say. It was sad to see... More 

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Sidney, Montana
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

We were expecting a little more out of the preserved buildings and animals. The buildings and grounds are run down and poorly maintained, the animals looked miserable. We felt like we were trespassing as there was no state park people out although a lady was inside the visitor center. I would have liked to explore the houses and outbuildings but... More 

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Santa Cruz, California
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46 reviews 46 reviews
32 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2015

Wilder Ranch is just on the Outskirts of Santa Cruz. it is an Historic Family Ranch, and the old farm and out buildings have been preserved for visitors to enjoy. The Victorian style Farmhouse with it's quaint garden are very charming and there are a couple of picnic tables where you can enjoy a quiet rest and play for the... More 

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Seattle, Washington
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108 reviews 108 reviews
6 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2015

Great place for hiking, especially if you don't want to spend much time in the car getting to the trailhead. Nice mix of forest and open meadows with sweeping ocean views!

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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6 reviews 6 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015

We took the bluff trail for several miles. It is gorgeous! An easy trail follows the bluffs with views of sea birds, sea lions, rocks and waves. The flora is diverse and also lovely.

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Santa Cruz, CA
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6 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015

Wilder Ranch is a great park. It offers different experiences based on your interests. You can hike, bike or run up through the many miles of trails and be rewarded by an ocean view or spot a bobcat or coyote. You can stroll along the beautiful beach cliffs and enjoy the sea birds. It also has the original ranch buildings... More 

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Santa Cruz, CA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

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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5 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 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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Address: Address: Highway One, Santa Cruz, CA
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Santa Cruz

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