Round Valley Regional Preserve, Brentwood

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#241 of 470 in Wildlife in California
Must see · Park · Wildlife Area
Round Valley Regional Preserve is a regional park just outside Antioch, CA and Brentwood, CA that is part of the East Bay Regional Parks (EBRPD) system. It is on Marsh Creek Road, approximately 5.2 miles (8.4 km) west of the intersection with Vasco Road. The park was begun in 1988, when Jim Murphy sold 700 acres (280 ha) of land to EBRPD. The land originally belonged to Mr. Davis' grandfather Thomas Murphy, an Irish immigrant, who had purchased the land in 1878 for a farming and ranching operation. The preserve has since expanded to encompass 1,911 acres (773 ha).
The Round Valley parking area is one of the two staging areas and points of departure for tour buses that carry passengers into Vasco Caves Regional Preserve. Morgan Territory Regional Preserve adjoins Round Valley Regional Preserve on the Southwest. The park is near the edge of the Diablo range, and its wooded hills are a sharp contrast with the almost treeless flat land of the Central Valley, which begins a few miles farther east.
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  • We went for a nice hike in the hills at Round Valley Regional Preserve. Its located in Brentwood, California We saw some wild animals. We had a great time. Others were there too on a nice sunny...  more »
  • We have gone out here many times. Of course, morning is best while it is still cool enough to hike quickly. Beautiful oak trees, grazing cattle and amazing views. I know of a few people who have.....  more »
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  • It's our go to place to take a 5 mile hike up and around hills that are mostly covered with trees! I would say it's a 5 out of 5 for fitness levels, 5 being hard. I see all ages go up. But it mainly kicks my butt and tests my agility.
  • Sunny spots, shady spots, challenging trail. Cows were on the trail a couple times, so that was kind of funny. We just kept walking and they got out of the way. Pretty flowers, really can't catch the beauty on a camera. Toilets are at the entrance. A place by the creek near the entrance that would be good for a picnic. Tons of tadpoles in the pools, but that's probably only there during spring. Signage was helpful. Maps are at the entrance to the park to help with navigation. There are mountain lions, and we saw a 90% eaten deer, so bring an emergency whistle to scare any animals (just in case).

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