10 Huge Parks Near Kensington to Hike in This Fall

Kensington may be tucked away in the midst of one of the country’s most populated areas, but that doesn’t mean we can’t get away to Mother Nature with a surprisingly short drive.

There are some amazing spots located not far from our dental offices. Here are 10 we recommend you visit if you love outdoor adventures:

Mount Diablo

Looming almost 4,000 feet over San Francisco Bay, from its summit you can see past the Golden Gate. Explore Rock City, Castle Rock, Fossil Ridge, Macedo Ranch and more, ride some horses, and take advantage of the over 50 campsites here.

East Bay Regional Park District 

This system of parks and trails stretches through Alameda and Contra Costa counties, with close to 120,000 acres in 65 different parks, and over 1,200 miles of trails to hike. Plus there is swimming, fishing, golf, and more.

Shadow Cliffs Regional Recreational Area

From fishing to boating, trails, even relaxing on a beach, Shadow Cliffs Regional Recreational Area is popular during the summer months, but is also fun to visit in the fall.

Sunol Regional Wilderness

Close to 7,000 acres of rolling hills, lovely views, grazing cattle and more make this a hiker’s paradise.

Contra Loma Regional Park

This 780-acre park is perfect for joggers, bikers and hikers. There is an 80-acre reservoir for swimming, paved trails and hiking trails, and the reservoir is stocked with catfish, bass, trout, and other fish. The swim beach is lifeguard protected.

Cull Canyon Regional Park

Located in Castro Valley, enjoy excellent trails and a swim lagoon that is staffed with lifeguards. The lagoon has won awards for its design.

Black Diamond Mines

Local history meets hiking. There are over 6,000 acres of land to explore, plus the mines themselves. There are over 65 miles of trails where you can see coyotes, bobcats, foxes, and even the occasional mountain lion.

Niles Canyon Railway

A museum on rails offering scenic trail rides through Niles Canyon, all taking place on historic trains. Special rides include beer and wine tastings, educational trips, and more.

Pleasanton Ridge Regional Park

A huge 5,000 acres of natural land, extensive hiking trails, and more. Plus the park links to 150 miles of interconnected trails of the Interpark Regional Trails system, so it’s ready for people looking for a lot of adventure.

Del Valle Regional Park

With 4,400 acres, this park boasts a five-mile long lake, miles of trails, a resort, swimming lakes, picnic areas, horseback riding, and loads more to see and do.