Grove Regional Park, Livermore, CA
Sycamore Grove Regional Park provides the ideal
place to relax and enjoy nature. With 364 acres of parkland,
Sycamore Grove is a great place to hike or bike along Arroyo
Del Valle, or have a picnic. Sycamore Grove Park is an open
space, preserved for nature study and passive recreation.
The park is open year round. Nature programs are offered on
weekdays (year round) and weekday evenings (summer only).
Environmental education programs are available for a
Every inch of this park is alive with life - in the air, in
the grass, even in puddles. Begin your search for signs of
wildlife at the Wetmore Road entrance. Follow the paved path
until you come to the first sign designating the Nature
Area. Turn left onto the broad trail that crosses the
usually dry Arroyo. Follow this nature trail through the
sycamore grove until you reach the park boundary. While you
are here, be sure to pause often and listen for the sounds
of reptiles and rodents in the grass. If you are lucky and
very patient you might even see an animal. Near the wet
areas be sure to look for great blue herons. Don't forget to
Cross the bridge and return to the park entrance via the
paved path. Insects are very visible as they cross the road.
Be sure to take your time and appreciate beetles,
grasshoppers and ants up close. Don't forget: no
Wheelchair users can stay on the paved area.
A shorter hike starts at the park entrance and hugs the
park boundary. Make a left at the first footpath which loops
back to the parking lot.
If your group includes wheelchair users, the paved path
would make a fine alternative route. Just stay on the
pavement until you come to the bridge at the far end of the
park, and then return the same way.
Historical and Natural
With many different habitats providing food and shelter,
Sycamore Grove is home to many kinds of animals. Wandering
among the Park's sycamores, you may be fortunate enough to
see a fox, a bobcat, or perhaps a Red-tailed Hawk soaring
overhead. Magpies and Bushtits chatter as you stroll along
quiet trails. A quiet hiker can sometimes find deer, rabbits
and hares, ground squirrels, mice, lizards, snakes, turtles,
frogs, and a variety of birds and insects in the park.
Sycamore Grove Park is administered by:
Livermore Area Park and Recreation District
71 Trevarno Rd.
(510) 447-2754 FAX
Distance: main trail 4.8 miles, Nature Loop 1 mile
Time: allow 3-4 hours
Elevation gain: Flat
Suggested age: Tigers to Webelos
Suggested season: Year round
AAA "Alameda-Contra Costa Counties," "Livermore and
Sycamore Grove Park, LARPD
By Car: From Fremont area drive north on Highway 680 to
Livermore exit / Highway 84. Travel on Highway 84 and turn
right on Wetmore Road. This is not well marked, so be
prepared to turn shortly after crossing the Arroyo Del Valle
(the road crosses on a narrow cement bridge). The park
entrance is on the right.
From Oakland area, drive east on Highway 580 and take the
First Street Exit. Turn right and follow First Street until
it turns into Holmes Ave. Continue on Holmes until you reach
Wetmore Road. Turn left on Wetmore Road. The park entrance
is on the right.
Parking, picnic tables, ranger on duty, bike path, hiking,
equestrian trail, rest rooms. Sycamore Grove Park is open
365 days a year. Nature programs are offered on weekends
(year round) and on weekday evening (summer only - get
schedule). Environmental programs are available to schools
and community groups on a fee basis.
Visitor Rules and
- The Park is open from 8:00 am to sunset.
- For your safety, NO: Open fires or smoking, Alcoholic
beverages, Weapons of any kind, Swimming in the Arroyo,
- Do not harm, collect, or remove any plant or animal
from the Park.
- Keep all motor vehicles, horses, and bicycles in
- Pets must be leashed at all times.
- Stay within the Park boundaries, enter and exit at
the Wetmore Road entrance only.
- Place all refuse in designated receptacles.
No handicapped facilities.
Discover Nature and Energy
Achievements: 7a, 8e, 10b, and Electives 13a, 13d, 18a, 18b,
Achievements: 5d, 10a, 12b, 12c, 12e, and Electrives 11a,
11b, 12a, 12c, 12f, 23e
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