Edgewood County Park


What? :

Edgewood County Park and Natural Preserve is a 467-acre protected area located in the west side of Redwood, just off 280 highways. The park is best known for its spring wildflower blooming that cover the open hills, but it provides excellent local destination for spending time in nature any other season.



Where? :

The park has several trailheads entrances but the most popular is near the Education center on Edgewood Rd. and Old Stagecoach Rd. Redwood City, within easy access to Interstate 280. At the park entrance you can find 2 small parking lots.

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When? :

Year round, the best time is during spring when the flowers blooming cover the high hills open grasslands.


Nearby Parks:

Due note 1: I visit here during early winter but the preferred time to visit this park is at spring where the while flowers are covering the open lends.


Due note 2: This is excellent destination for nice spring weekend, but it can be crowded. There are only 2 small parking lots near the park main entrance and if they are full, you can look for additional parking nearby or on other park entrances (see park map link below).


Due note 3: Restrooms and water can be found near the park main entrance.


Due note 4: Maybe I missed it, but I did not saw signs or pay-station for parking fees.


Due note 5: The park opens every day at 8:00 am and closes at sunset. Dogs and bikes are not allowed within the park, most trails are open for equestrian use.


Due note 6: On the west side of the park you will here the car nose coming out of the nearby highway 280.


My thoughts:

I visit this park only once, at a winter day late afternoon but I’m sure I will visit here again. The park has a good combination of typical local Oak woodland forest, open grasslands and high hills with vista. This is a local county park but big enough for nature experience and I do recommend visiting here if you live withing a short driving distance.



The visit:


There are many trails in the park and most of them are heading in the direction of the main top hill that is located in the center of the park.

You can head directly to the hill, about 700 feet in elevation, or chose to circle it using the peripheral loop trail that circle the park area.


I found that this park trails are well maintained and ready for the winter month as well as I saw signs of the “weed warrior” program which removes invasive plants that threaten native plants. When walking you can see their empty circles in the open grasslands.


My recommended hike:

Overall, this hike is 4.8 mile with some climbing but not over difficult. You should plan for 1.5-2 hours hike.


When I came here it was already late at the afternoon and I decided to start with a trail that circle the hill and climb up and check how much I can hike until it gets dark.

I started from the small picnic area near the education center, from here I took Sylvan Trail south. The trail heading into the hill and gradually climbing slopes until you will reach a trail junction.

Here I turned left into Serpentine Trail that keep climbing up until it level and reach the junction with Sunset Trail.

I start heading north using Clarkia Trail section that connect back into Sunset Trail. 

Here, at the base of Edgewood's main ridge on its southern side you will pass through large sections of grassland at a even grade.

I assume that this section is covered with flowers at springtime, took myself a mental note to visit here again.

After walking 0.5 miles north on Sunset Trail and passing a large forest grove I turned right into Ridgeview Trail that easily climb the sunny southern side of Edgewood ridge.

After walking up for 0.6 mile I took the short trail to my right and reach the nice viewing point at the top of the hill.

From the viewing point at the end of the trail I turn around and hiked the Live Oak Trail. This 0.6-mile trail along the wooded northern side of Edgewood Park's 875-foot crowning ridge. The trail is passing through a dense oak forest, so you do get to see a lot of views.

From here I already started to get dark, and I headed to the parking lot. I took the Old Stage Road, this 0.9-mile trail start by crossing the open grassland and then getting into oak forest where the trail stat descending sharply down the north sides of the park border. Eventually you will reach a road and soon you will find yourself in the education center and the parking lots.

You can do other variations and use other trails, but I do recommend reaching the higher park sections where you can enjoy the open grasslands and vistas.








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