Walnut Creek Open Space is open during COVID-19
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The City of Walnut Creek Open Space division manages over 3000 acres of Open Space in four unique areas and over seven miles of neighborhood trails. These areas have been set aside to preserve natural resources, protect wildlife habitat and corridors, and provide recreation opportunities.
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- 1420 Acres
- 31 Miles of trails
- Borges Ranch & Howe Homestead park
- Equestrian trails
- Multiple trailheads with parking
- Open Space
31 miles of trails
Multiple trailheads with parking
Borges Ranch and Howe Homestead park
Shell Ridge is located in the heart of Walnut Creek beginning just a short distance from downtown and continuing all the way to Mount Diablo. It is the city’s largest open space area and is made up a series of parallel ridges and valleys. Shell Ridge gets it name from the marine fossils left behind when the ocean waters that once covered it receded. There are plenty of hiking, biking, and horseback riding opportunities along ridge tops, creek ways, and hillsides.
Shell Ridge is also home to the Borges Ranch, a historic cattle ranch; and Howe Homestead Park, the former home and orchard of James P Howe of the Associated Press