Wildflower meadows, ponds, and over 25 trails to choose from -- if you and your pooch are looking for exercise options in the Fairfield, CA area, Rockville Hills Regional Park is a real mutts-visit! There’s a parking lot on Rockville Road, but spaces are limited, so it’s best to get there early. While parking is free, there is an entrance fee for the park -- $1 for a pup and $3 for their person. You can also pay by debit or credit card! Rockville Hills Regional Park draws a moderate crowd at most times -- while those seeking solitude might want to search elsewhere, you and your buddy won’t be dealing with hordes of hikers.
Rockville Regional Park might not seem like much to look at first -- the preserve is a series of rolling hills, studded with oaks and the occasional grazing cow. Look closer, though, and the park’s true beauty will reveal itself -- the grassland is full of gorgeous wildflowers, small blooms during most of the year but a carpet of color in spring. You don’t need to think that geology rocks to appreciate the interesting outcrops of volcanic rock, and the view of Fairfield from the top of the hill is simply spectacular.
While Rockville Regional Park has something to offer laid-back lapdogs and furry fitness freaks alike, the main challenge is finding a trail to suit you. The majority of the trails aren’t named, and trail markers are sparse to non-existent. Be sure to look up a map before you go, and bring a compass if you don’t have a great sense of direction. Athletic animals might want to try their luck on Cave Trail, which features a cavern and some sharp, punishing inclines. Less fit furry friends should look out for the easygoing May-December Trail.
Accessibility in Rockville Regional Park varies, but a certain level of fitness is required, as most of the trails feature at least a gradual incline. However, most are fairly short. The terrain can be uneven, so watch your step! In terms of facilities, there aren’t any restrooms, but there are some picnic tables around the two ponds. Remember to bring bags and water, and have a furrific time at Rockville Regional Park!