Description - Welcome to Coyote Hellyer County Park and the Coyote Creek Parkway. This 223-acre urban park is located in the heart of Santa Clara County's regional park system. The Coyote Creek, which meanders through the center of the park, is the focus of the park's natural environment. A thick undergrowth and tall trees characterize the well defined creek channel which is home to many different species of wildlife. Visitors to the park can escape from the nearby hustle of city life and enjoy the quiet solitude of Coyote Hellyer County Park and the Coyote Creek Parkway.
Copyright: - Santa Clara County Parks and Recreation Dept.
Visitors can escape from the nearby rush of city life and enjoy the solitude of the county park and parkway
- Hikers, runners, bicyclists and skaters can enjoy the multiple use paved trail that follows the Coyote Creek south for 15 miles to Anderson Lake County Park. This asphalt path is relatively flat and meanders along the creek underneath oak, cottonwood and sycamore trees. This is a popular trail, frequented by visitors of all ages. Rest areas and emergency call boxes are provided, but water is not available.
A 1-mile self-guided nature trail is also located along the Coyote Creek and provides insight on the local flora, fauna and wildlife. A visitor center with natural history displays is located near the entrance to the park.
First-come, first-served family picnic areas are available year-round. Group picnic areas are available by reservation. Also located within the park is an Olympic size velodrome. This open air, banked, concrete bicycle racing track is used to stage professional and amateur bicycle events.
Fishing is permitted all year at Cottonwood Lake and during fishing season in the Coyote Creek. Cottonwood Lake is stocked with rainbow trout from November through late April.
The majority of the park's facilities meet those standards established by the Americans with Disabilities Act. There are two fishing platforms on Cottonwood Lake to accommodate visitors with mobility impairments. For other specific information or special accommodations, contact the park office.
The park is open year-round from 8 AM until sunset. Vehicle entry fees are collected year-round. Fees are required for vehicle entrance, and for use of group picnic areas. Fees are posted at the ranger station.
Recreation - Recreations found with Coyote Hellyer County Park include trail use, fishing, picnicking, nature study, viewing exhibits, and participating in professional and amateur bicycle events.
Climate - Climate in the San Francisco Bay area varies greatly with elevation and the amount of coastal influence. Areas with more coastal influence experience moderate temperatures year round with fog likely from June through mid-August. Plan your coastal visit in the late summer or fall to ensure the best conditions for viewing the scenery. Also, occasional clear days between winter and spring storms are incomparable. Areas further inland experience greater temperature extremes, with relatively cooler winters and hot summers. Inland areas often receive frost on winter nights. As throughout most of California most of the precipitation comes in the winter months, with April through October normally very dry.
Coyote Hellyer County Park is located west of the Hellyer Avenue exit along Highway 101. The Coyote Creek Parkway multiple use trail can be accessed at both the Blossom Hill Road and Bernal Road exits off Highway 101. Both trailheads are approximately one-quarter mile from the highway. The multiple use trail can also be accessed near the intersection of Monterey Highway and Metcalf Road. Public transit is available to Hellyer County Park.