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The San Mateo Department of Recreation and Parks offers 16 parks and three regional trails for recreational activities. There are other trails besides the regional trails that encompass 15,600 acres. Each park has a unique natural setting ranging from a marine reserve to the woodland areas. Many of the parks include sites for biking, hiking, camping, horseback riding, and, youth group camping. Below are some of the most popular parks in the San Mateo County.

Coyote Point provides you a variety of activities which include picnicking, swimming, windsurfing, bicycling, jogging, fishing, boating, and sailing. You may also stroll along the beach promenade, marina, and, visit the saltwater marsh. Or enjoy a day looking at the shorebirds, colorful boats, and, the planes from the San Francisco International Airport.

Contact Information:
Coyote Point,
1900 Coyote Point Drive,
San Mateo, 94401.
Phone: (650) 573-2594.
E-mail: marina@co.sanmateo.ca.us.

San Bruno Mountain Park has slopes and elevations ranging from 250 feet to 1,314 feet. The 2,326 acres park is great for hiking and for catching the wonderful sceneries of San Francisco and the Central Bay Area. The park is well known for its unique open-space island in the midst of the peninsula's urbanization at the northern end of the Santa Cruz Mountain Range.

Contact Information:
San Bruno Mountain Park,
555 Guadelupe Canyon Parkway, Brisbane 94005.
Phone: (650) 992-6770

Huddart Park contains 900 acres of coastal mountains. The park contains barbecue pits, a playground, grassy meadows, and hiking and riding trails. If you are an animal lover you will enjoy watching the Black-tailed deer, raccoons, black squirrels and, bobcats, coyotes and grey foxes may be seen. Common birds include acorn woodpeckers, chickadees, towhees, and stellar jays. The park is only 3.5 miles west of Highway 84.

Contact Information:
Huddart Park,
1100 Kings Mountain Road, Woodside 94062.
Phone: (650) 851-1210.

Memorial Park offers 499 acres with outstanding views of the old-growth redwoods. This park is popular for its camping areas and the Tan Oak and Mt. Ellen Nature Trails. It also contains a visitor center, a camp store, a creek swimming area, and campfire programs.

Contact Information:
Memorial Park,
9500 Pescadero Creek Road, Loma Mar 94021.
Phone: (650) 879-0238


 

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