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Wilder Ranch State Park

Highway One, Santa Cruz, CA
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Ranked #8 of 36 Attractions in Santa Cruz
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: State Parks
Activities: Hiking, Biking
Traveler Description: Website: http://www.parks.... more »
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Watsonville, California
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27 reviews 27 reviews
19 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014

This is a fantastic way to experience life in old historical Santa Cruz at Wilder Ranch 's open houses that bring the past alive. Great hiking paths and biking paths for the whole family

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12 reviews 12 reviews
5 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014 via mobile

This place has lots of cool things. A historical farm with restored buildings (the first to have electricity thanks to the pelton water wheel), an old adobe hut, farm animals, many times with living history demonstrations where you can learn about the past, as well as beautiful grounds that are great for picnics (an ancient cypress tree you need to... More

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El Cerrito, California
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75 reviews 75 reviews
34 attraction reviews
73 helpful votes 73 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

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 attraction 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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Fremont, California
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1,299 reviews 1,299 reviews
820 attraction reviews
862 helpful votes 862 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

Wilder Ranch State Park is a fun one to go with a family. First there is the historic farm area. There are homes, barns, farm animals, old tractors and wagons. There are over 34 miles of hiking and bike riding trails. The day we were there there were about 25 pre-teens (and their chaperones) heading out for a nice bike... More

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Long Island, NY
2 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

A friend suggested this as a nice place to stop and stretch our legs between Palo Alto and Monterey. We found the parking lot easily and began following the trickle of families down the road from there, not knowing what we'd find. Happily, we struck up a conversation with some bicyclists outside the rest room before walking too far. They... More

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Houston, Texas
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101 reviews 101 reviews
17 attraction reviews
130 helpful votes 130 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

We hiked several miles here right along the shoreline. You pay a fee at the entrance. Seems to be a safe parking lot. Clean restroom facilities. Not a lot of info (maps or trail head details) provided by park. However, we really enjoyed our hike. Good birding and seal watching. Headed up the coast from here to lunch in Davenport.

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Sacramento, California
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14 reviews 14 reviews
5 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

The biking was not very technical. Mainly fire roads. I did get good elevation gain ~2100 feet. If you are looking for technical riding then try another location. This was convenient for me since I was staying in Santa Cruz and could ride to the park. There are great views from up there.

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Santa Cruz, California
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24 reviews 24 reviews
5 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2014

Went with family for a stroll, great paths, close to the ocean . Bad thing is you cannot take your dog

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Santa Cruz, California, United States
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15 reviews 15 reviews
11 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2014

Wilder is a great spot to bring your family for a hike, picnic or little bike ride. The kids will love visiting the ranch and museum. Bring some food and have a picnic near the ranch which often has hens and some farm animals for the kids to check out. There are hikes that take one towards the ocean and... More

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Santa Cruz, California
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4 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2014

We took the 6 mile loop on New Year's Day and had a beautiful hike, but the best part was that we saw a puma on the trail ahead of us. That was a first for us! A great surprise for the new year!

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