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Upper Bidwell Park

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Upper Bidwell Park offers amazing views and a beautiful canyon with Big Chico Creek flowing through it. Many people park at Horseshoe Lake and then take one of the trails going into the park so they can enjoy the unique flora, fauna, and geology. The Yahi trail is only open to those on foot but the rest of the trails are open to bicyclists, equestrians, and pedestrians. The park is a great place to get a workout, fresh air, and amazing views. Upper Park is located in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains. There are several swimming holes located along the creek, a disc-golf course, and places to go paragliding. At the southern end of Upper Park, in an area sometimes referred to as Middle Park, you will find Hooker Oak Park, Five Mile Recreation Area, Horseshoe Lake, The Chico Community Observatory for star gazing, and the Bidwell Park Municipal Golf Course.

John and Annie Bidwell generously donated the land for Bidwell Park in 1905 to the City of Chico. They wanted this land to be available for public use. Since then the City of Chico has purchased additional land making the current size of Bidwell Park 3,670 acres. Bidwell Park is the second largest municipal park in the United States and is known as the Jewel of Chico.

If you would like to support Bidwell Park and the Chico Parks Division you can donate here: http://nvcf.org/fund/bidwell-park-chico-parks-division-2/
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