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Enter the world of Narnia at the state’s very first municipal park: Alum Rock. There are many secrets to be found at this park, including mineral springs, caves and the infamous “Eagle rock.” Wildlife is plentiful in this area so don’t be surprised if you run into the occasional hawk or deer.
By Kristine Bautista (May 13, 2010)
A natural, rugged getaway lies just minutes from downtown San Jose in 720-acre Alum Rock Park, San Jose's first and largest park. Visitors can enjoy many leisure activities, including bicycling, horseback riding, picnicking or taking a scenic hike. The park, named for a giant boulder once thought to be aluminum, is nestled within the Alum Rock Canyon in the foothills of the Diablo Range. Dedicated in 1872, Alum Rock Park is California's oldest city park. A visitor center located in the mid-canyon provides maps, information and educational displays. Kids love playing in the stream which runs through the park or on the playground equipment, as well as visiting the Youth Science Institute, which houses a variety of live animals.
There are numerous picnic areas throughout the park. For group picnic reservations call 408.277.2757.
Park Hours: Daily from 8am until one-half hour after sunset.
Parking is $6 per vehicle.
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