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Wilder Ranch State Park

Highway One, Santa Cruz, CA
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Ranked #8 of 34 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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El Cerrito, California
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72 reviews 72 reviews
34 attraction reviews
68 helpful votes 68 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014 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 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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630 attraction reviews
747 helpful votes 747 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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Raleigh, North Carolina
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84 reviews 84 reviews
82 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014

I spent a few hours hiking in the park with my young son and we had a lot of fun. To help keep my son engaged and entertained during our hike, I found an interesting iPhone app called "Git Your Goat." It lets you create a lot of goats along the trail and when you reach the spot with a... More

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Houston, Texas
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17 attraction reviews
128 helpful votes 128 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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13 reviews 13 reviews
4 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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17 reviews 17 reviews
37 helpful votes 37 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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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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15 reviews 15 reviews
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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Los Angeles, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2014

Great views of the ocean with lots of seals, if you can make your way down to one of the beaches, it's pretty amazing!! Saw a bobcat walking down our path. Lot of birds and wildlife

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