Coal Creek Open Space Preserve is situated in Portola Valley, California. One of Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District's locations, this beautiful naturally landscaped area affords visitors stunning views of the San Francisco Bay. This preserve is home to many hiking trails which travel over varied terrain for families to explore.
A particular family favorite is the Waterfall Trail, a pathway of moderate difficulty but aptly named since it leads directly to a small but lovely waterfall just over a quaint bridge. Dogs may join their families on the trails at Coal Creek Open Space Preserve; however, California dog by-laws do stipulate that all dogs must remain leashed unless they are in an officially designated zone for off-leash play.
At this time, there is no such play space at Coal Creek Open Space Preserve. A bare-bones facility there are no bathrooms housed on the grounds nor is there any access to drinking water. Owners must assume responsibility for bringing bottled water from home to address the hydration needs of their dogs. Poop bags are not supplied.
California law also mandates that all owners provide canine waste removal services. It is important to note that it is strictly forbidden to dispose of canine waste anywhere on the grounds other than the on-site trash receptacles. Coal Creek Open Space Preserve is a public park, and there is no charge for families to enjoy its premises.
The area's main activities include biking, horseback riding, picnicking, and hiking. Coal Creek Open Space Preserve has many interesting geographical features including wooded and grass areas, streams, and wildflowers when in season. Dogs, horses, and bikes are not permitted access to certain trail areas, so owners must take care to ensure they are traveling only on dog-friendly roads when hiking with pets.
Care must be taken to avoid raccoons and skunks. Wild blackberries also blanket the area, and families are free to enjoy them on their travels. Dogs visiting Coal Creek Open Space Preserve must be up to date on vaccinations. A city dog license tag should also be borne on each dog's collar. For a great time at a beautiful natural space, why not visit Coal Creek Open Space Preserve?