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Wilder Ranch State Park

Address: Highway One, Santa Cruz, CA
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Ranked #7 of 74 things to do in Santa Cruz
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: State Parks, Nature & Parks
Activities: Hiking, Biking
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Type: State Parks, Nature & Parks
Activities: Hiking, Biking

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Santa Cruz, California
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37 reviews 37 reviews
17 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015

We never fail to return from a visit to Wilder Ranch without feeling more peaceful and connected. Walking out to the cliffs or exploring the barns, small museum and gift shop transports us to a different world and time. Be sure to support your local parks and drive in to the park (not on the highway). It's a small price... More 

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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58 reviews 58 reviews
7 attraction reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015

This is a nice little green patch that used to be a family ranch. Luckily, some very generous people have donated this site to be used for the public's enjoyment! Thank you whomever you are! We did find the trail signs a bit confusing/lacking but to be honest we had parked out on the road and walked in so we... More 

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San Francisco, California
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185 reviews 185 reviews
48 attraction reviews
82 helpful votes 82 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2014

This is a must do ! Whether you're a novice hiker or an extreme one - this place is to fall in love with ! We have always come towards the end of the day - around 3pm to avoid the major crowds or the parking dilemma. If you go early pay park inside the grounds but its limited. If... More 

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Santa Cruz, California
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61 reviews 61 reviews
8 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

Hi, I absoultely love this place!! This is an amazing place to go for a hike!! One of my favorites!! Bring some water, and a camera cool pics of the view from the top!! It's like being on top of the world!! I promise you'll love it!!

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West Lafayette, Indiana
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68 reviews 68 reviews
41 attraction reviews
83 helpful votes 83 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2014

Completely unknown to us before we arrived in Santa Cruz, Wilder Ranch turned out toe be a wonderful surprise. Directly off of Hwy 1, 15 minutes from downtown Santa Cruz, this is a fantastic way to spend 1 ½ - 2 hrs, or an entire afternoon. The centerpiece of this park is a 2-mile level walk along jaw-dropping cliffs overlooking... More 

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Santa Cruz, California
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

Love the Ranch, lots to do and see any time of year, but fabulous in October when they have a Harvest Fair that include an apple tasting and sooo many heritage apples, most of which I'd never heard of, and from which I know which I want to plant in my own yard. Give me "Liberty" or give me.. well,... More 

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Daytona Beach, Florida
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93 reviews 93 reviews
14 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2014

Loved this place. We visited for the Fall Festival and walked the trails all over. Beautiful views and very nice trails with cleared pathways. We saw lots of birds, which is why we went. Good photo opportunities, too.

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Burlingame, California
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77 reviews 77 reviews
7 attraction reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014 via mobile

We stop here from time to time to walk the round trip trail through crop fields out to the coast. There are a few stopping points along the way where you can get down to the sweet little beaches. Lots of bikers seem to like it too though, and no pets are allowed. Can be very cold and windy. There... More 

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Turlock, California
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28 reviews 28 reviews
7 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014

If you mountain bike or hike this place along the coast line, you will want to keep coming back over and over again. I never get tired of this place and try to come here as often as I can. The views are spectacular and the path is well defined. Great place to spend your day.

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San Jose, California
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77 reviews 77 reviews
29 attraction reviews
110 helpful votes 110 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2014

The Wilder Ranch State Park has many trails, ranging from less than 1 mile to 4 miles. We hiked a total of 11 miles around the park. This park was unique because it offered so many points of interests. They included the old ranch buildings (some hosting alien-looking birds' nests [likely swallows]), seasonal pumpkin patches, railroad tracks, fields of artichokes... More 

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