Bidwell Park: An Outdoor Recreation Experience with Breathtaking Scenery

If you’ve never been to Bidwell Park, a municipal park in Chico on 2,500 acres of land, it’s a must-see visit on a nice weekend. In fact, it’s the third largest municipal park in the state and is in the top 25 largest city parks in the US.

There’s plenty of room for the munchkins to run, commune with nature, swim in a distinctive pool, score a hole-in-one at the beautiful golf course, and many other attractions that is worth the trip.

If you looking for someplace to “get your health on”, it’s a favorite with the locals for the walking/jogging trails to stay in shape and to take your pup along for great company.

Here’s some of the highlights you’ll find at Bidwell Park:

Big Chico Creek. Enjoy communing with nature when as you discover Big Chico Creek. Located in Upper Bidwell Park, the Big Chico Creek originates near Colby Mountain and flows to meet the Sacramento River. Its riparian habitat is home to many species of plants and animals, including a threatened Chinook Salmon species.

Sycamore Pool. Enjoy fun in the sun in the Sycamore Pool, a unique concrete pool surrounding Big Chico Creek. The pool both contains the creek and controls its flow, and a dam and fish ladder are located at the end. The dam is closed during the swimming season from Memorial Day through Labor Day, and lifeguards are on staff to keep your family safe.

Caper Acres. If you have little ones, this is “the” place to spend an afternoon. It’s a fairytale-themed playground for kids with elaborate play structures of all your favorite fairy tales. It has a castle, the crooked house, Humpty Dumpty, and even a treehouse. Some of the structures are geared towards 2-5 years of age but there’s also fun for ages 5-12. It’s a great all-around place to let the kids blow off steam. Bring a picnic lunch and enjoy the surroundings.

Caper Acres Playground Video

Bidwell Park Golf Course. This gorgeous 18-hole course meanders through the beauty of Upper Bidwell Park. Stop by the Pro Shop before testing your skills on the course, then relax and enjoy some refreshments at the Bidwell Bar & Grill.

Big Chico Creek Canyon. The terrain of Upper Bidwell Park has a unique, steep terrain with beautiful rock formations, like the unusual Chico Formation sandstone and Lovejoy Basalt rocks. The cliffs over Big Chico Creek create breathtaking canyon views. This is the perfect place for the more experienced hikers.

Recreation. With its diverse 2,500 acres, Bidwell Park has plenty of outdoor activities for you and your family. Hike its many gorgeous pedestrian trails, go horseback riding on its designated trails, get active with mountain biking on a challenging mountain trail, or get daring and try a paragliding experience from the park’s amazing natural cliffs.

When you visit, be sure to check out the Chico Creek Nature Center for information about the park, its history, and its unique natural habitats.

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