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Bidwell Park

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Address: 965 Fir St, Chico, CA 95928-6301
Phone Number: 530-896-7800

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one mile seimming area

Bidwell park is a jewel for Northern California. Swimming, hiking, photographing, picnicking, horse-back riding, and many other activities can be done the park.

5 of 5 starsReviewed 6 days ago
Roy H
Chico, California
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Chico, California
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6 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Bidwell park is a jewel for Northern California. Swimming, hiking, photographing, picnicking, horse-back riding, and many other activities can be done the park.

Thank Roy H
Chico, California
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5 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Bidwell Park is a must see for visitors & locals! It's a city treasure! Beauty, history and who doesn't like magnificent trees and a bubbling stream!

Thank CarolTchico
Chico, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Bidwell Park in Chico CA is the second largest municipal park in the US behind Central Park, and is also a California State Park which means it's protected and clean. Bidwell Park is rich in history going back to the early 1900's. The park consist of lower Park which starts at what's called One mile in the downtown Chico area.... More 

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Montclair, California
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10 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Spent half a day here while our grandson was attending orientation at Chico State. There is a great cement pond on one side and on the other there is a beautiful playground area for the younger kids. It is a beautiful place, to walk, run or cycle too.

Thank marymilla7
Red Bluff, California, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Love this pool built in the middle of the creek! Lots of nice trees for sitting in the shade. Concessions available. Some people don't like the "slime" on the bottom, but it's part of the natural environment. I love that lifeguards are generally provided and there is no entrance fee! Goes from a shallow end to a deep end, but... More 

Thank Brenna L
Athens, Greece
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Bidwell Park is an amazing place to visit. Lower park offers a great place to run, bike or simply relax. Sycamore pool is one of a kind and offers a respite from the scorching summer heat. Upper park is a great place to exercise as well and is also good for wildlife exploration. It's beautiful all year round but is... More 

Thank Heather R
Clovis, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2016

Grab a friend, a book, a bike, a dog, your running shoes, a bathing suit, a cooler full of cold beer, a yoga mat, or just your thoughts. One of the most beautiful places to get lost in, relax, or be active. Something for everyone. Everytime of the year is gorgeous in it's own way in this park.

Thank K I
Davis, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2016

Went for a 10 mile run in the morning and found the trails and paths to be very open and easy to follow. The scenery was gorgeous and it gets wilder the further you get from town.

Thank Angie H
Magalia, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2016

Bidwell Park was the site where the mivie Robin Hood was filmed back in the 1930's. Hooker Oak is now gone, a freeway disects part of the park but One Mile provides a favorite place for the kids to swim. The park's many paths provide biking a running opportunities. A beloved part of the Chico experience, Bidwell Park comes highly... More 

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Pahrump, Nevada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2016 via mobile

What a great legacy for the Bidwell Family to leave for all to enjoy! From all the wonderful vegetation to the awesome swimming pool in the dames up creek to the trout in the streams, it was great!

Thank Selway M

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