The Windy Hill Open Space Preserve sits in Portola Valley, California. This San Mateo County state park rests on 1,335 acres and bears many distinctive geographical features. The area is home to the not for profit Peninsula Open Space Trust and is also fertile ground for its verdant grassy ridges and abundant forests comprised of redwood, fir, and oak trees.
The preserve takes its name from the distinctive wind-affected hill which can be viewed from many different vantage points on the grounds. Furry family members are welcome to join their owners on all trails with the exception of the Lost and Razorback Trails. The trails are of varying difficulty levels with something sure to meet the fitness requirements of every family member.
All visiting canines must remain on a lead at all times, and owners must take care that they do not disturb any wildlife they may come in contact with. Water is provided via a fountain in the parking lot. Here, owners can fill up a drinking vessel to ensure access to water when needed.
The parking lot is also home to a Port-a-Potty. Visitors do note that there is typically a waiting line to use the one on-premise bathroom. Poop bags are not provided, and thus, owners should bring some from home as all pet waste removal is their responsibility as mandated by California law.
Windy Hill Open Space Preserve is a public facility. There is no cost for people and their pooches to enjoy the area. Among the most popular outdoor activities at this stunning preserve are kite flying, hang gliding and paragliding (by permit only), hiking, and picnicking.
The preserve asks all visiting families to obey California state legislation by ensuring their dogs are current on all vaccinations. A city dog license is also recommended. For a great day in a beautiful natural space, bring Fido and the family to Windy Hill Open Space Preserve!