Experience Five: Outdoor Hikes in Yolo County

Experience Five: Outdoor Hikes in Yolo County

Ready to get outdoors and explore? We’ve rounded up five of the best outdoor nature experiences in Yolo County. So grab your hiking boots and your camera and lets get to it! 

Grasslands Regional Park 

Grasslands Park, in Davis, is a 320-acre park that contains significant natural resources with conservation of vernal pools, Burrowing owls, hawks and other rare and endangered species. Also on site is an archery range, model airplane flying area and a dog park. Make sure to bring your binoculars because the winter season brings an abundance of raptors and in the spring this an excellent spot to birdwatch. 

Interesting Fact: Grasslands Regional Park, deeded to Yolo County in 1972, was originally part of McClellan Air Force Base and was used for air force radio communication operations for the Pacific Region. 

UC Davis Arboretum and Public Garden

This living outdoor museum, along the banks of the old north channel of Putah Creek, has more than 22,000 types of trees, plants, and shrubs. It is free to visit and the gardens are open 24 hours a day every day of the year; visitor parking is free Saturdays and Sundays and $10 per car every other day. Check out their list of places to visit including the California rock garden, desert collection, redwood grove and more.

Interesting Fact: The Carolee Shields White Flower Garden and Gazebo is a theme garden based on medieval moon-viewing gardens of India and Japan.

Cache Creek Nature Preserve/Cache Creek Conservancy 

This is a splendid 130-acre property on lower Cache Creek offering hiking trails, wildlife viewing, and bird watching. Keep an eye on their website for special activities throughout the year. Make sure to download their trail map before you go. 

Interesting Fact: The Tending & Gathering Garden is a collaborative effort with the local Native American community to demonstrate native plant uses in Patwin culture.  

Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area

Located in the heart of the Pacific Flyway, Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area’s approximately 16,600 acres is a haven for fish, waterfowl, shorebirds and wading birds, neotropical migratory birds, raptors, invertebrates, snakes, turtles, toads, and bats. Can’t make it out? The Yolo Basin Foundation offers virtual experiences to enjoy from home. Check out the famous Bat Talk & Walk experience! 

Interesting Fact: Did you know that colonies of migratory bats live under the Yolo Causeway during the summer? Post up around dusk to watch as the largest colony of Mexican Free-Tailed bats in California emerge to hunt for insects at night. 

Cache Creek Regional Park 

The regional park is located in the beautiful Cache Creek Canyon area, with peaks higher than 2200 feet in elevation and Cache Creek at approximately 500 feet in elevation. Activities range from white water rafting, rural hiking, camping, kayaking, fishing, and nature walks.

Interesting Fact: Cache Creek was named by early French-Canadian trappers and the water in the creek originates from Clear Lake in adjacent Lake County.

Yolo County puts the “u” in fun! From miles of bike paths to outdoor recreation like horseback riding and fishing, there’s plenty of good times to be had for all ages. Check out our full line up of outdoor activities and take a peek at Yolo Hiker

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