Taylor Mountain Regional Park opens to public
February 21, 2013
1,100-acre Taylor Mountain Regional Park and Open Space Preserve in southeast
Santa Rosa opens to the public starting Saturday, Feb. 23. Visitors will no longer need
permits to use the property, and the entrance on Kawana Terrace will be open
daily from 8 a.m. to sunset.
prominent Sonoma County landmark, Taylor Mountain offers sweeping views of
Santa Rosa. From the park and preserve’s highest point of approximately 1,300
feet, visitors can see the Santa Rosa Plain, the Coast Range, Rincon and
Bennett valleys, and the Mayacamas Mountains. The park also features oak forests,
grasslands and wetlands and is home to grazing cattle and a variety of
Mountain consists of five contiguous parcels acquired by the Open Space
District between 1995 and 2011 with funding from a voter-approved sales tax.
Since 2010, the public has had limited use of Taylor Mountain through an
interim-access program provided by the District and coordinated by the
nonprofit conservation group LandPaths. Those who attended a free orientation
received a permit to use the property for hiking, biking and horseback riding.
The Sonoma County Board of Supervisors, acting concurrently as directors of the
Open Space District, transferred the title of the land to Regional Parks earlier
this month, and with this weekend’s opening, permits are no longer needed.
park’s interim entrance is on Kawana Terrace, off of Kawana Springs Road just
east of Petaluma Hill Road. Sonoma County Regional Park rangers will be at the
park throughout the opening weekend to acquaint visitors with the property.
Parking will be free for Regional Park members and $7 for non-members.
Well-behaved dogs on leash will be allowed on trails.
trails are limited to pedestrians only during the winter, and one or both
routes can temporarily close because of wet conditions. Cattle grazing will
continue at the park after it opens, in keeping with the property’s
agricultural history and resource management goals.
now has 4 miles of dirt trails along two routes, one of which leads up the
mountain. A recently completed park master plan suggests the eventual
development of 17 miles of primarily multi-use trails along with picnic areas,
a visitor center and cafe, walk-in camp sites, an outdoor classroom,
demonstration gardens, and a small inn closer to its urban boundaries.
Parks will begin construction of the park’s first phase along Petaluma Hill
Road this summer. Work will include trails, a natural play course, picnic
sites, restrooms and equestrian facilities, which will be accessed from a
parking lot to be constructed south of Yolanda Avenue. The work is funded by a
$750,000 state grant and completion is expected by summer of 2014. Additional
trails and features will be added to the park as funding becomes available.
information, visit sonomacountyparks.org or call 707-565-2041.
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