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13 San Mateo County Parks Reopen Today

Starting May 4, trails in 13 of 23 San Mateo County Parks re-open, but social distancing is required.
By - posted 5/4/2020 No Comment

Thank you KRON4 for informing us that San Mateo County will reopen 13 parks today, May 4.

After being closed since March 27, the San Mateo County Parks Department will reopen trails in 13 of its 23 parks today Monday, May 4.

Visitors will be required to:

  • Hike single file on narrow trails
  • Keep six feet apart from others,
  • Not congregate with people who aren’t from their household
  • Carry face coverings.

Playgrounds, picnic areas, campgrounds, fields, visitor centers, and some restrooms and parking lots will remain closed.

To prevent the congestion on trails and in parking areas that occurred last month prior to park closures, the department will convert some single-track trails to one-direction routes, open a limited number of parking lots, prohibit road parking, and keep some trails closed to bikes. Dogs must be on a leash in parks and trails where dog walking is allowed.

Among the parks that will reopen is Crystal Springs Regional Trail, but only to foot traffic for now. Bicycles won’t be allowed on the 15-mile trail. The department will work towards opening additional parks in phases and based on factors that include visitor compliance with rules, the department’s ability to secure adequate cleaning and protective supplies for staff, and orders issued by the county’s health officer.

During each phase, the department will monitor trail use through data collected on trail counters, staff observations, and visitor reports.

The 13 parks will open at 8 am and close at 7 pm. daily. They include some of the peninsula’s most popular parks and are located throughout the county and near heavily populated areas where walk-in access is possible. 

San Mateo County Park Updates

To Reopen May 4

To Remain Closed

Playgrounds, picnic areas, campgrounds, fields, visitor centers, and some restrooms and parking lots will remain closed.

“We are eager to welcome visitors back to San Mateo County Parks and for them to experience the physical and mental health benefits of being outdoors and on the trails,” said Parks Director Nicholas Calderon. Watch his special message below.


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