National Parks / Natural World
Sycamore Canyon Wilderness Park Riverside
Where is it at?
Sycamore Canyon Wilderness Park
400 Central Ave
Where are we going today?
Did you know that the Sycamore Canyon Wilderness Park is one of 8 protected reserves as designated by the Riverside County Habitat Conservation Agency? That means it's pretty special!
This 1,500 acre park is the perfect wilderness for active and outdoor loving families to explore. You can spend the day hiking, biking, or even just taking a stroll through the amazing trail system. These trails will take you through the amazing natural environment, all within Riverside.
Who knew a city could have such an amazing patch of paradise!
The Sycamore Canyon Wilderness Park is a great way to learn about the ecology and biology of the area, with over 100 plant and animal species alone that have been classified as rare, sensitive, or endangered. That's not to mention the rest of them!
It's the perfect way to learn about the environment, how sensitive it is, and how we need to look after it.
A great place to start your outdoor adventure is the Ameal Moore Nature Center, which sites at the main trailhead entrance. This center is the perfect place to join one of the schedule naturalist-led nature walks, as well as exhibits, and hands-on learning.
So just grab your hat, camera, walking shoes and sense of adventure, and head to this amazing piece of wilderness in Riverside. Who knew such a place was right on your doorstep!?
How much does it cost?
When can we go?
Nature Center 9am - 5pm Wed to Sun. Trails open sunrise to sunset.
All year round
Why not bring the students along for some time out in nature, and to really learn about the environment? See what they can do by calling ahead!.
There are plenty of places in Riverside to grab something to eat after your adventure! .
It's always recommended to pack healthy snacks and bottled water with you to stay hydrated and energized!.
Any Top Tips?
Make sure you bring hats and sunscreen to protect yourself in that California sun! .
Doing our bit
The area is protected due to the large number of rare species, so they look after this area and make sure all who call it home are happy and healthy. Help them out by not leaving any trash!.
Need a little extra help?
The center is wheelchair accessible, but the trails can be uneven. If you have special needs just speak to them at the center or give them a call .
Can I get one of those?
Can you have an amazing time in nature? Yes you certainly can! .
What people are saying?
by Mario Palomarez
Great for Mountain Biking. Its amazing during raining season cause it transforms. Great for hiking just watch out for rattle snakes during summer.
by Junior Muniz
Excellent place to go for peace and quite. I love going right before sunset and find a good spot to watch the sun go down, also the view of the city is beautiful.
by Angel Sanchez
beautiful valley to look at. it's amazing what is here so close to home. A wonderful place to reconnect with nature and the world. summer is daunting but I love the heat. I take extra shirts because I sweat so much. As the seasons change, so does the landscape, so gorgeous. beware of rattlesnakes, ditches, and holes. Every new path gives you a different experience. Beginners or people not looking for overexertion can take less steep routes, while people looking for a challenge can tackle the high points. throw in some trail running, you have a recipe...Read More
by an g
Good nature park. Good for hiking. Good for running. Good for mountain biking. Good for dog walks
by Philipp Beckers
Great place with great views. Hiking there is demanding in summer and I wasn't used to the heat but it was super rewarding. You had great views over the surrounding valleys, and it's another place I would recommend for landscape photographers to give a shot. I made some quite nice photos out there, so it was a total win despite me being pumped out afterwards. :)
by Angel Sanchez
beautiful valley to look at. it's amazing what is here so close to home. A wonderful place to reconnect with nature and the world. summer is daunting but I love the heat. I take extra shirts because I sweat so much. As the seasons change, so does the landscape, so gorgeous. beware of rattlesnakes, ditches, and holes. Every new path gives you a different experience. Beginners or people not looking for overexertion can take less steep routes, while people looking for a challenge can tackle the high points. throw in some trail running, you have a recipe for health.