Bidwell Park is a city park that is not really a city park. It is a beautiful example of a riparian forest typical of the Sacramento valley, with record size valley oaks, and montrous western plane Sycamores, with white bark and gigantic leaves. Wild grape vines climb gracefully into the trees along Big Chico Creek, which runs all year long, a major accomplisment in California. There is great hsitory in the Big Chcio Creek water flow, also, of mining, of sawmills, of recreation. In lower Bidwell Park are many trails , and a road which ou can drive through in the daylight hours. Picknic spots, running trails, biking and horse trails. In the spring various trees and flowers bllom. The deer roam freely here, often in the daytime, mostly ignoring humans. Upper Bidwell Park follows up the stream into amazing canyons of black basalt rock, with unusual patterns and formations. Iron Canyon is something worth seeing even if you must hike to get there. There are famous swimming holes up there, but they are dangerous for overly confident youth who choose to drink, dive and then be rescued by local resources. parts of old flumes meander back and forth along the course of the stream for many miles, up into the Sierra mountians. Some of the most impressive moutian biking trials go for miles up into this park and beyond. Mountian lions, and many other wildlife also share this area. There is a gold course, an equestrian center, many picnic areas, much for children to enjoy without paying a dime. Please respect our beautiful park though. No alcohol or glass in the park. Large groups must resgister with the City of Chico.
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