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Henry W. Coe State Park

Coe_photo-rb03_smCoe Park, located in the hills east of Morgan Hill, is the largest state park in Northern California, with over 80,000 acres of wild open spaces. The terrain of the park is rugged, varied, and beautiful, with lofty ridges and steep canyons. Once the home of Ohlone Indians, the park is now home to a fascinating variety of plants and animals, including the elusive mountain lion. The park is open year-round for hikers, mountain bikers, backpackers, equestrians, car campers, picnickers, photographers, and people who simply like to visit parks.

To reach the headquarters entrance, which goes to the visitor facilities and drive-in campground, take East Dunne Avenue east from Highway 101. You will climb into the hills through residential areas for the first three miles. At the top of the first ridge of hills, when you come to a Y in the road, look for a sign that says “Henry W. Coe State Park, 10 miles.” You’ll bear right at the Y. The road crosses a bridge and follows alongside Anderson Reservoir for a ways. Then it turns into a narrow, winding, scenic mountain road.

See the park’s website for directions to the south entrance, which is popular with hikers and equestrians.