Conveniently located just two minutes off the 280 freeway, Edgewood Park is a great place to enjoy nature with family and friends any day of the week. The park covers 467 acres of woodlands and grasslands and features over 550 different types of plants, including 10 that are rare or endangered. Visitors who come to the park in the spring (March–June) will be treated to a fabulous wildflower display and will have the option to join docent led tours courtesy of the Friends of Edgewood.
For interactive park habitat displays, visit the Bill and Jean Lane Education Center, which opened in 2011 after a decade of Foundation fundraising. Also, there is an inviting grassy area and tables perfect for an afternoon or evening picnic. The park has 10 miles of trails and is a popular spot with hikers, runners and equestrians.
Fortunately for wildflower enthusiasts, Edgewood contains large exposed formations of serpentine rock in the grasslands. Serpentine is the state rock of California and is blue-green in color with a waxy sheen. It was formed over 35 million years ago by the convergence of the Farallon and North American tectonic plates. Serpentine soil and rocks create a habitat poor in nutrients yet rich in heavy metals. The plants and flowers at Edgewood are uniquely suited to this harsh soil environment and they flourish in the spring.
Other sections of the park include oak woodlands with shaded trails covered in ferns, mosses and herbaceous plants. Early morning hikers might have the opportunity to see deer, rabbits, squirrels, raccoons, and skunks, as well as the more elusive bobcat or coyote. Snakes and lizards can also be found in the park. In addition, Edgewood park is one of the few remaining places where visitors can see the endangered Bay Checkerspot Butterfly. In caterpillar form, it likes to eat the California plantain and owl’s clover, both of which are present in the park.
Several spots in Edgewood Park offer panoramic views of the peninsula. On a clear day, it’s possible to see all the way to the East Bay in addition to more familiar sites nearby.
The property that now makes up Edgewood County Park and Natural Preserve was first acquired from the State of California in 1979. However, it did not officially become a natural preserve until 1993, when it was finally protected from future development.
Hunters first came to the region 6,000 years ago and about 500 AD the Ohlone people arrived in the area. Nearby archeological sites at Filoli Estates and Phleger Estates have both been identified as Ohlone. Gaspar de Portola explored the area in 1769, the first recorded Ohlone-Spanish encounter.