There are twenty-two San Mateo County Parks and two of them are historic sites, Sanchez Adobe and the Woodside Store. Sanchez Adobe is the second oldest building in San Mateo County with three major periods of California history represented on site. The Woodside Store was at one time the only store on the Peninsula between San Francisco and Santa Clara. It became the thriving heart of business and cultural activities for the logging community during the 1850s. But what about the rest of the parks? It turns out they are rich in history too. Here are our top six hikes for history buffs.
Guest authored by Doug Silverstein You bet they are! Unfortunately. Inconveniently. And sadly. Coyote Point Recreation Area sits at sea level. Crystal Springs Regional Trail parallels an active reservoir. And dozens of other SMC Parks — like Huddart, Wunderlich and San Pedro Valley — dot the expanse of our mature local forests. Now 12 weeks and 6 hikes into the 2019 SMC Hike-a-Palooza, 40+ community leaders have collectively hiked 250+ miles of amazing San Mateo County Park trails. We’re lucky to have these 22 wonderful open spaces that cross 16,000 acres, and the dozens of County Parks staff members committed to excellent stewardship. But will these parks be here for us in our lifetime – 10, 20 or 50 years? How about for our kids and their kids? Hopefully.