Whether you want some invigorating outdoor hike or just craving for some eye candy, these beautiful parks in Monterey are gems you need to see.
JACKS PEAK COUNTY PARK
Comfortably nestled in Monterey, Jacks Peak County Park is a perfect spot for a day hike and sight seeing. This almost 8.5 miles of hiking trails has much to offer for outdoor enthusiasts – horse back riding, hiking trails that wind up through cathedral-like forests, spectacular fossils from the Miocene epoch, stunning vistas of Monterey Bay and Carmel Valley, and hundreds bird species for birders!
This place is also perfect for a family picnic. There are picnic tables located close to restrooms, some with grills. The huge picnic area is suitable for groups of up to 50 people.
MONTEREY BAY COASTAL RECREATION TRAIL
Monterey Bay Coastal Recreation Trail is one of the most unique features of Monterey. The paved path extends 29 miles from Castroville in the north to Pacific Grove in the south.
As the name suggests, this trail has a lot of recreational activities you can enjoy. Along the trail you can rent bikes and surreys, and in-line skates and kayaks from local businesses. If you get hungry, you can stop by some of the food stands along the trail to grab a bite, or pack your own food and enjoy a picnic in one of the trail’s many grassy areas.
There are Rules and Regulations to follow when you’re in the vicinity. Please take time to read them here.
ROYAL OAKS PARK
The first and oldest park in the Monterey County Parks system, the Royal Oaks Park is the perfect place for a family gathering, a softball game, or a relaxing day hike.
Kids and kids at heart will surely enjoy this park. It has a playground equipment, a softball field, horseshoe facilities and basketball, volleyball and tennis courts. There are a lot of benches and picnic tables available all over the place and even grill equipment!
EL ESTERO PARK
Located at the heart of Lake El Estero, El Estero Park is a popular destination for both locals and tourists. This citywide park is popular for its El Estero Exercise Course, which wends around the lake, is a great way to get exercise while enjoying the area’s natural beauty, and the Dennis the Menace Playground, which is full of activities or small children to play and burn off excess energy.
There is also a Monterey Skate Park which was designed by local skateboarders. This family-friendly facility is open to all ages, although children under 8 must be accompanied by an adult 18 years old or older.
The El Estero Park offers a lot more activities for people of all ages and interests. You can choose from fishing, birding, outdoor exercise, boating and more. Check out this site for more information.
VETERANS MEMORIAL PARK
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This quiet and beautiful beautiful 50-acre park is located one mile uphill from Old Monterey and the Fisherman’s Wharf area. The Veterans Memorial Park is s a popular camping destination for many who want to be one with nature and spend less when staying overnight in the Monterey Peninsula.
Aside from the park’s popular campground facilities which has approximately 40 campsites, you can also find a hiking trails under towering Monterey Pine forest, BBQ picnic areas, play equipment, turf and lawn playfield and a basketball court in the area.