Sycamore Grove Park
Running on empty?
It seems that we get busier and busier every year, packing our calendars until all we see is ink. We end up restless, rundown, and it can feel like we don’t have any quick, low cost ways to remedy our mental fatigue. However, according to a 2015 Standford Study, it may be much simpler to recharge than you thought! Catching your breath in nature may make all the difference for your spirit, and Livermore Sycamore Grove Park is just the setting you need!
Recharge in nature
The 847-acre park is so conveniently located right within our own city limits. Throughout the park, there are stunning vineyard views, views of our gorgeous rolling hills, and trees as far as you can see. The serene setting is more than ideal for family photos, and permits to shoot are available through LARPD. Regardless of what is on your agenda there, be sure to stop off for a picnic lunch near the creek where you can relax, mesmerized by the movement of wildlife around you. Soak up the sounds and sensations at nature’s relaxed pace.
So much to do there
My two favorite activities at Sycamore grove park would have to be jogging on the trails and exploring with my sons in tow. I was initially concerned about jogging in the park alone; would I be safe in such a potentially isolated place? As it turns out, the park is very good about having its rangers on duty! They are constantly seen patrolling the area: tending to the habitat of the wildlife population and, of course, keeping an eye out for its human visitors too. My sons wander the park with wide-eyed amazement every single time. There is never a lack of excitement for them, never a boring repeat.
If jogging isn’t what you (or your knees) love most, the park has endless opportunity to connect with nature. We always see trails of bicycling families who share a kind hello with a smile. If mobility is a concern and walking is more your speed, there is plenty of flat ground to stomp on as well.
Sometimes we see these adventurers with an adorable dog or two in tow. If you are a “fur-parent,” there are a lot of fun sights and smells to track (but staying on leash for everyone’s safety is a park rule). Sycamore Grove park has got you covered on horse trails and trailer parking too. Now that is something that is certainly on my to do list… if I ever find a horse to borrow!
So here are the details you need to start taking back your energy and peace immediately:
- There is a bathroom available on-site. (YAY!)
- Parking permit is $7.00 per vehicle (payable on site) or save an incredible bundle on an Annual parking pass with LARPD. You can also call (925) 373-5700 for more information.
- The park is open from 7 am until sunset, 365 days a year – so get your rest on daily if you want.
- Check out Map of Trails.