Open year-round, Hellyer County Park in San Jose includes 178 acres of outdoor activities, from the off-leash dog area to trails, picnic areas, group areas, fishing, disc golf, volleyball, walking trails, and lake and river access.
Cottonwood Lake and Coyote Creek are the water areas inside the park. The creek runs through the center of the park, and is home to a diverse array of species of flora and fauna. Cottonwood Lake is open to fishing year-round, and fishing is permitted in the creek during fishing season only.
Alongside the beautiful creek flanked by undergrowth and tall trees runs a multi-use paved path, which is open to bicyclists, runners, skaters, and dog walkers alike.
You can feel free to let your dog run and play in the off-leash dog park area, or take your dog on a leashed walk through any other area of the park. The dog area includes fenced grass and dirt areas, and plenty of seating for pet owners. There is no distinction for large and small dogs in either area.
The grassy area in the dog park is closed Wednesdays for maintenance. Dog park guests are provided with waste bags, scoopers, and a water station. The park is free to walk in, but a $6.00 parking fee goes toward maintenance for the park.
The group picnic areas are also available to reserve in advance. They are first come, first serve, and include fees for reservations. Information and fees for group area reservations is available at the entrance station. Hellyer County Park is a beautiful facility well maintained year-round.
The park is open year-round from 8:00 AM until sunset. As always, pick up after your pet in all areas of the park to keep the park clean and nice for other guests and be respectful of other pets and owners. With so many amazing activity options, Hellyer County Park has something for everyone.