Concord has some great places to get out and explore, even during the winter months – the perfect antidote for cabin fever!
Here are 4 fun winter outdoor adventures in Concord to put on your to do list:
1. HIKE MOUNT DIABLO
The park has numerous hiking trails throughout the area that twist through creeks, waterfalls, luscious valleys and wildflower fields. Day hikers can take it easy exploring the natural area on the 0.7mile Mary Bowerman Trail or ramp it up on the 6 mile Mount Diablo State Park Waterfall Loop Trail, which winds through numerous waterfalls, grasslands, oak forests and, on many days, lots of sunshine. Also check out this Hikers Guide to Plants on Mount Diablo!
2. BIKE LIME RIDGE OPEN SPACE
Hit the trails while they are slick and take your mountain bike on a new adventure. Shred through miles and of marked trails as you twist, turn and jump your way around the back country. Don’t forget to stop and enjoy the view when you get to the top!
3. WALK AROUND MARKHAM ARBORETUM
For those looking for a calmer more serene adventure, Markham Arboretum Nature Center is the perfect spot for you. Enjoy a brisk walk around nature and exotic and unique plants. Begin your tour in the Shade Garden on the south end of the parking lot at the end of La Vista Avenue. Use this map as a guide to help you identity over 600 different tree and 90 different species that grow in the park.
4. HIT THE TRAILS AND ENJOY THE VIEW AT NEWHALL COMMUNITY PARK
Newhall Community Park has over 126 acres along Galindo Creek east of Treat Boulevard in Concord. The Galindo Creek meanders through the park where ducks and other wild life reside at all times of the year. Approximately 30 acres of park is improved with ponds along the creek, a play structure, picnic areas, bocce courts, and turfed athletic fields. They also have Paw Patch, which is a secure, fenced area where your furry friend can exercise off-leash.