Beautiful trails, historical stables
HIGHLIGHTS: Wunderlich Park is about 900 mountainous acres of redwood forest, oak and madrone woodlands, and hillside meadows and savannas. Managed by the San Mateo County Department of Parks, it supports a well-maintained system of trails for hikers and equestrians. The park is the former site of the historical Folger Family Ranch, and the estate’s stables and adjacent buildings have been restored.
ACTIVITIES: Wunderlich remains largely undeveloped, a natural treasure of immense value in the heavily urbanized Bay Area. Some trails are used by hikers and equestrians, while some are reserved for hiking. Picnicking is a favorite activity. Horseback trail rides may be arranged at Folger Stables. The varied landscape includes stately redwood groves and mixed forest, and is rich in wildlife.
VISITOR CENTER: The park has a museum and several restored historical buildings.
CAMPGROUNDS: None. RV access for horse trailers only.
TRAILS: The park has 17 miles of trails, accommodating hikers and equestrians.
MUST-SEE UNIQUE FEATURE OR SEASONAL HIGHLIGHT: The park’s Carriage Room Museum contains exhibits of the region’s logging and agricultural history, and showcases the era of the great Peninsula estates. The restored Folger Stable and adjacent buildings draw visitors for both their historical value and their ongoing active role in local equestrian activities.
HIDDEN GEM: The 5-mile-long Alambique Trail traverses a variety of mixed forests, providing an excellent overview of park ecosystems. Wunderlich’s largest redwood is on this route.
FEATURES ACCESSIBLE TO PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES: The museum, restrooms and parking lot are all accessible.
DOGS: Dogs are not allowed in the park.
ENTRANCE FEE: $6 per vehicle.
SPECIAL EVENTS: Numerous activities are hosted at the park, including docent-led tours of the Carriage House Museum and Folger Stables, and guided nature walks. Visit the park’s website for information and updates.
INFORMATION: Visit the park’s website for information or call (650) 851-1210.
Trip Ideas from Our Staff and Friends
EAT: In nearby Woodside, Roberts Market (external link) has a good deli. Buck’s (external link) is a sit-down restaurant often called the Cheers of Silicon Valley: venture capitalists and tech entrepreneurs come to dine, unwind and close deals.
Kelsey Lamberto, Public Relations Specialist, recommends picking up sandwiches for a picnic at Lorenzo’s (external link) in Belmont (their special garlic sauce is amazing).
STOP: Kelsey suggests grabbing breakfast or lunch at Café Borrone (external link) in Menlo Park (great for rustic, European-style fare like baked goods, salads and sandwiches).
STAY: San Francisco, San Mateo and Palo Alto offer extensive options for lodging and dining.
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