5 Parks, Summer Activities to Enjoy in the Castro Valley This Summer

CASTRO VALLEY, CA – The East Bay area is full of places to get a breath of fresh air and reap the benefits of nature with its expanses of green parks, beaches, trails, lagoons, farms and lakes.

Whether you enjoy swimming, hiking, horseback riding, or hosting a picnic, there’s a place for it in this eco-friendly corner of Northern California. In and around Castro Valley, there are a handful of dog and family parks that are a short drive away. Some offer areas for boating, camping, and even archery.

The East Bay Regional Park District helps maintain dozens of historic and storied parks in the area.

Visit this page find resources to get to these parks by public transit.

According to a study by the University of Tokyo published this monththe connection between human well-being and nature is much stronger than the academic community previously thought.

“Besides drinking water, food, and useful raw materials, nature provides many other benefits that we might overlook or find difficult to grasp and quantify,” according to a university press release.

The research, published on Friday, shows that spending time in nature can be vital for a person’s mental and physical health.

Here are 5 parks and beaches to soak up all that nature has to offer in and around the Castro Valley this summer.

1. Don Castro Regional Recreation Area

This kid-friendly 101-acre urban oasis sits on the border between Hayward and Castro Valley. It offers fishing, hiking, horseback riding, picnic tables and a swimming lagoon.

2. Five Canyons Open Space

This park offers over 300 acres of open spaces and five miles of trails. There is also a nine-county Ridgeline Trail that loops around the San Francisco Bay Area. It is open to bicycles, families and hikers.

3. Cull Canyon Regional Recreation Area

This popular swimming destination is a short drive north of I-580 on Cull Canyon Road in the Castro Valley. It is family and dog friendly and offers hiking trails, picnic tables and of course, a swimming hole.

4. Garin/Dry Creek Pioneer State Parks

These two parks are former 19th century ranches. The Park District has worked to preserve the historic value of these parks, which have been opened to the public to enjoy historically significant ridges, trials and open spaces.

The parks span over 5,800 acres with 35 miles of trails that offer scenic views of the Bay Area.

5. Lake Chabot Regional Park

The Lac Chabot reservoir was built in 1874 as the main source of water for the region. It was previously closed to swimmers and recreation for 91 years, but a law passed in the 1960s opened the area to the public.

The lake is currently used as an emergency water supply, but there are open areas for boating, fishing, golfing, hiking, horseback riding, biking, and picnicking.

Find more parks to visit with the East Bay Park District search here.

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