Welcome to the City of Walnut Creek Open Space. In 1974, a $6.75 million bond was approved by the citizens of this community to purchase and preserve the undeveloped ridgelines that surround the city and contribute so much to its quality and character. With over 3,000 acres of oak woodlands, grassland savannah, and chaparral, this is one of the largest city operated open spaces in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Maps are also available at the Ranger Stations: Howe Homestead Park (925-943-5899 ext. 3521); Shell Ridge (925-943-5899 ext. 2162); and Sugarloaf (925-943-5899 ext. 2665).
Dogs are not permitted at Ranger led interpretive programs. Unless otherwise stated, most programs are 1 to 1½ hours in length. Unless otherwise stated, children must be accompanied and supervised by an adult. Unless otherwise stated, reservations are not required for most programs. We do required reservations if you are bringing a group of five or more. Join the Walnut Creek Open Space Foundation Click here to learn more.
Watch our video on how Public Services manages Walnut Creek's urban forest to keep our city healthy and green.