Open Space

Walnut Creek Open Space is open during COVID-19 

Walnut Creek Open Space remains open for hiking, walking, running, bicycling, dog walking, and equestrian use while practicing proper social distancing. 

All picnic areas are closed, gatherings and all other activities not listed above are prohibited.

For more information on the Stay Home Order see the Stay Home FAQ or call the Contra Costa Health Services Call center at (844) 729-8410 between 8:00 am - 5:00 pm. Please visit Conta Costa Health Services for the latest updates.  Additional City of Walnut Creek updates are available here.


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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  • acalanes_openspace
      1. 202 Acres
      2. 4 Miles of trails
      3. Limited parking
      4. No developed facilities
    1. borges_ranch_sm
        1. 15 Arces
        2. Hiking
        3. Historic Cattle Ranch
        4. Picnicking
        5. Seasonal Pond
      1. Howe Homestead Park
          1. .5 Acres
          2. Community, Pollinating & Rose Gardens
          3. Hiking
          4. Picnicking
        1. 2007_Dec Paradise Valley Brittain
            1. 1226 Acres
            2. 25 Miles of trails
            3. Biking
            4. Trailheads with parking in Walnut Creek and Concord
          1. shell_ridge
              1. 1420 Acres
              2. 31 Miles of trails
              3. Biking
              4. Borges Ranch & Howe Homestead park
              5. Equestrian trails
              6. Multiple trailheads with parking
            1. 2006 Sugarloaf 31
                1. 177 Acres
                2. 3 Miles of trails
                3. Group camping by reservation
                4. Picnicking
                5. Ranger Station