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Santa Teresa County Park, San Jose

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Park · Hidden Gem · Nature / Park
Santa Teresa County Park is an 1,674-acre (6.77 km2) park located in the hills of South Santa Clara County in San Jose, California, United States. It is operated by the Santa Clara County Parks and Recreation Department. Most of the park consists of non-native grassland and mixed oak woodland. Native wildflowers displays are common in late winter and early spring in the serpentine soil in the northwest and southern sections of the park. Elevations range from 64 m (210 ft) in the northeast section to 352 m (1155 ft) at Coyote Peak in the eastern section. The park offers over 17 miles of unpaved trails for equestrian, hiking and bicycle use. Some of the trails are steep around Coyote Peak. Picnicking by groups and families is a popular activity in Santa Teresa County Park, namely in the Pueblo Day Use area.
The park also contains a picnic area in the Pueblo Day Use Area, an 18 hole golf course operated by a concessionaire, and an archery range.

The main entrance to the park is a large parking lot by the Pueblo Day Use Area and is accessible via Bernal Road from the east. Other entrances with limited or no parking include the Bernal-Joice-Gulnac Ranch in the northwest, an entrance from Avenida Espana on the northeast, and the Stile Ranch entrance from Almaden Valley.

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  • We enjoyed our time at Santa Teresa County Park. This is in the San Jose Hills and has many great places to do hiking as well as mountain biking. There is also in one area of the park a historic...  more »
  • Easy to find. Bathrooms and park info at trailhead. Free parking, but limited. Wide trails, well marked. Some sections are steep so bring a hiking stick. It was dry but this trail could be messy...  more »
  • Absolutely amazing county park in the heart of Silicon Valley with a diverse network of trails overseeing the valley and adjoining Santa Teresa Golf Course. This park is incredibly accessible for most San Jose residents via Bernal Road and is a great way to get back to nature and escape the everyday hustle and bustle of city life. The trail up to Coyote Peak is quite challenging but offers those who make it to the top a majestic view all the way to San Francisco on a clear day. One of my favorite Bay Area parks by far.
  • Great day for hike. Took the Coyote Peak & Rocky Ridge trail loop 3.8 miles. Great views of the Valley. Weather worked out, lots of sun but a good breeze for the majority of the trail. Good experience 👍.

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