Though the paved trail, traffic noise and high-tension power lines don't scream “wilderness,” rolling hills ripe with springtime wildflowers make up for it. With 12 trails within the 2.5-mile long park, there's plenty to explore in this suburban gem.
Your best bet is to avoid the Arroyo Del Valle Regional Trail and hike a combination of the other 11 trails in the park. Winery Loop Trail leads past the park residence, gorgeous ruins of the old Olivina Winery (founded in the 1880s as one of the Livermore Valley’s first commercial wineries), a couple ponds and creeks, and the park’s almond orchard. In the spring, the trees are full of fragrant almond blossoms, surrounded by lush green grass and wildflowers. When you park, stay as far to the right as possible to hop on the Winery Loop Trail. If you have time and energy, take the Wagon Road and Valley View to the right to get breathtaking views of the rolling hills.
With its creeks and wildlife, the park is great for kids and dogs. It’s best to keep your dogs on leash and kids under a watchful eye though, as various birds and squirrels may catch their attention.
Getting there: From Interstate 680, take 84 east, turn right on Vallecitos Road, then right on Wetmore Road. From I-580, take 84 west, turn left on East Vineyard Avenue, left on Vallecitos Road, then right on Wetmore Road. Parking: $5 (at payment machine, $1 and $5 bills only.