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Park Info

Address
1320 Garin Avenue
Hayward, CA 94544
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Phone Numbers
Toll Free: 888-EBPARKS (888-327-2757), option 3, extension 4530

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Park/Gate Hours
Nov 2 - Mar 8
  8:00am - 6:00pm
Mar 9 - Apr 19
  8:00am - 7:00pm
Apr 20 - May 24
  8:00am - 8:00pm
May 25 - Aug 26
  8:00am - 9:00pm
Aug 27 - Oct 4
  8:00am - 8:00pm
Oct 5 - Nov 1
  8:00am - 7:00pm

Visitor Center:
Open Weekends and
Holidays, Memorial Day
through Labor Day

11:30am - 6:00pm

Dry Creek Garden Hours
Open Thursdays through Saturdays
10:00am - 4:00pm

Park Events
Click HERE for upcoming events

Parking Fee
$5 per vehicle (when kiosk is attended); $4 per trailered vehicle. Buses: $25 per bus.

Dog Fee
$2 per dog. No fee for guide/service dogs

Grazing Information
Grazing in the Parks

Camping Reservations
No reservable campgrounds

Picnic Reservations
1-888-EBPARKS or 1-888-327-2757, press option 2

Emergency Number
911

EBRPD Headquarters
1-888-EBPARKS or 1-888-327-2757

Park Update

Trail Update
Trails are open. One or two days of rain can make all trails very muddy, and single-track trails such as South Fork, Pioneer and portions of the Dry Creek Trail are difficult at best. It takes a good 5 to 6 days of cool, clear weather for most trails to become comfortably navigable again.

For safety, wear good, sturdy boots, a hat, and gloves. Dress in layers and carry a waterproof jacket. Carry a hiking stick. Always take water and be sure to let others know where you are going and when you’ll return. Note that mobile phone reception is not reliable in the hill country.

Grazing Update
Cows, bulls and steers graze in the park. Garin/Dry Creek Pioneer maintains several head throughout the year as a means of weed abatement, fuel control to lessen the risk of wildfire, and to better assist native plants competing against exotic grasses and other plants.

Cows are generally mild-tempered and prefer to be left alone. In the spring and summer when they have one or two calves they will be protective in their demeanor if you come between them and their calf. Stand aside if need be, pass them calmly but with self-assurance, and do not raise your voice or threaten them. Always give them a way out. Bulls are generally placid and often prefer to be off to themselves. There are seldom more than a half dozen bulls throughout the range land.

Steers are the rambunctious teenagers of the cattle world. Curious and full of false bravado they are much more likely to flee from you. Treat them just like the cows and bulls and do not let your dog chase them.

Grazing Information
Grazing in the Parks

Garin/Dry Creek Pioneer Regional Parks

Garin/Dry Creek Pioneer Regional Parks

About the Park

This is Dry Creek and we bid you welcome.

Famed in the early 1880s for the spirit of gaiety that reigned here on festival days, guests poured in from the rural districts of the whole county to greet their friends and make merry.

And so today, we pray you to maintain with us that holiday spirit; leave care and worry behind you; enjoy the beauties of nature here in your midst; and pause for a moment in your rush through life to give thanks to the great artist who painted this ever-changing picture of the hills and fields and streams.

--Edith Meyers, of the Meyers Ranch Family

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Park Features

Garin Barn Visitor Center

The Garin Barn Visitor Center is open weekends between Memorial Day and Labor Day from 11:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. It is designed to aide in interpretive programs and for the enjoyment of the casual visitor. The Visitor Center displays artifacts from the ranching and farming history of the Hayward area. There is a blacksmith shop, a tool shop and several ranching-related displays to explore. An interesting collection of antique farm machinery outside the barn augments the display.

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Dry Creek Garden

Meyers Cottage was a popular summer home of Edith, Mildred, and Jeanette Meyers, three sisters of Alameda who were very involved in local charities and fundraisers during the early and mid 1900s. The sisters also owned the 1,200-acre Dry Creek Ranch, which was donated to the Park District in 1979 and later opened as Dry Creek Regional Park. Upon the passing of the last surviving Meyers sister, the Meyers Cottage and its garden was also donated to the Park District. The Park District plans to eventually open the cottage for receptions, weddings, and similar events, and it will also house a small visitor center.

The beautifully restored two-acre garden is home to nearly 200 native and exotic plants, with something in bloom just about every day of the year. In addition to the restoration of the garden, pathways were rebuilt and footbridges were reconstructed over the creek. The garden is open to the public Thursdays through Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.  The garden and cottage is located at the end of May Road off Mission Boulevard in Union City, and the parking lot is open all week until dusk (see Park/Gate hours at right), providing access to trails at the south end of Dry Creek Regional Park, which is adjacent to Garin Regional Park.

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Park Activities

Nature Study

Look around you and you will find two magnificent parkland areas--Garin and Dry Creek Pioneer regional parks. Independent nature study is encouraged here, so bring binoculars, a magnifying glass, field guides, and camera, and be amazed at what you will discover. Guided interpretive programs for this area are coordinated through the Coyote Hills Regional Park Visitor Center in Fremont. For information, phone (510) 544-3220.

Garin Apple Festival

The spirit of Garin's orchards live on in the antique apple varieties cultivated in remnants of the old apple orchards. The late-summer Garin Apple Festival celebrates the farm's apple-growing tradition. Antique apple varieties grown in the orchards may be tasted in the flesh and as juice. Folk music, song, and old-fashioned games fill out the day. 

School Groups

Teachers or group leaders wishing to use the park with a naturalist guide, or those looking for curriculum guides for using the parklands, should contact the Coyote Hills Regional Park Visitor Center at (510) 544-3220.

Picnicking

Several picnicking areas near the Garin Avenue park entrance are available for use by families and larger groups. Hikers can carry picnic lunches in day packs and enjoy lunch along one of the many park trails.

There are four large group picnic areas at Garin: The Cattlemen's, Buttonwood, and Ranchside areas each accommodate 100 people, and Pioneer serves 50. These areas have picnic tables and barbecue brazier units and may be reserved by phoning EBRPD Reservations at 1-888-EBPARKS or 1-888-327-2757, option 2, at least 14 days in advance of the planned event.

Hiking and Horseback Riding

The more than 20 miles of trails within Garin and Dry Creek Pioneer Regional Parks give you the opportunity to explore the 4,794 acres that comprise these parklands. While the trails are not paved, many are suitable for bicycles. Motorcycles and  all other types of motor vehicles are not allowed on the trails.

Kite Flying

All kite flying is restricted to the kite field at Garin.
No remote controlled aircraft, vehicles or boats allowed.

Trail Etiquette

Carry out what you carry in. No littering allowed. No alcohol in the back country. Any type of gun–-air rifle or greater--and paintball guns are NOT allowed.

Equestrians have the right away on trails; hikers and bicyclists should yield to people on horseback (bicyclists should dismount). Heel or leash your dogs. Bicyclists should call out when passing hikers, and remember that not everyone on the trail can hear you, especially if they are wearing headphones or earbuds. Try not to take up the whole trail when riding in groups. Hikers should walk or stand to the right so bicyclists can pass safety; try not to take up the whole trail when hiking.

Equestrians are not to bring their horses into the picnic sites at Garin. Stay to the south edge of the meadow area instead. No trick riding or demonstrations please, as children and others may be injured.

No gathering of natural materials is allowed, plant material (dead or alive); wildlife of any kind, be it insect, mammal, reptile, or bird; rocks or cultural artifacts.

Dog Walking

Dogs must be on leash (six-foot maximum) in all parking lots, picnic areas, lawns, and play fields. Dogs must be under voice control at all times, and please have a leash in-hand and ready for use when necessary.

Please keep your dog(s) under control to prevent conflicts with cattle and confrontations with coyotes. Do not allow your dog(s) to chase the cattle, it may result in injuries and deaths to cattle.  If you see cattle ahead, please heel or leash your dog(s) until you are past the cattle.

Fishing

The Jordan Pond pier was constructed in 1987 by Park District crews using materials provided through the generosity of the Hayward, South Hayward, and Mt. Eden Lions Clubs. Jordan Pond has naturally reproducing populations of largemouth bass, bluegill, and sunfish. The Park District also plants channel catfish in the pond once or twice a year. See the Anglers Edge Webpage for fish planting information. Anglers aged 16 or older must have a state fishing license.

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    ADA accessibility iconPark Accessibility

    Wheelchair-accessible restrooms are located in the restroom building by the Garin Barn. A wheelchair-accessible chemical toilet is located near Jordan Pond. Accessible drinking fountains are located throughout the picnic area. The service roads around the meadows and picnic areas at Garin are wheelchair accessible and total between 0.25 and a 0.5 miles in length. Disabled-accessible parking is available at the Garin parking lot at the end of Garin Avenue in Hayward, and at the Dry Creek Garden parking lot at the end of May Road in Union City.

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    To Reach the Park

    From I-880, exit at Whipple Road in Hayward/Union City and head east toward the hills. When you reach Mission Blvd., continue straight onto May Road.

    From I-580 eastbound (Oakland, Berkeley, etc.), take the I-238 exit and keep left for downtown Hayward. Continue onto Foothill Blvd for about 2 miles. Take a slight left onto Mission Blvd. Follow Mission Blvd for about 5.5 miles and then turn left onto May Road in Union City.

    From I-580 westbound (Tri-Valley Area), take the Strobridge Avenue exit. At the end of the ramp turn right onto Strobridge Avenue. At the first stop light turn left onto Castro Valley Blvd. Follow Castro Valley Blvd under the freeway and then turn left onto Foothill Blvd. Continue on Foothill Blvd. for about 2 miles. Take a slight left onto Mission Blvd. Follow Mission Blvd for about 5.5 miles and then turn left onto May Road.

    Public Transit

    Traveling by BART, come to the South Hayward or Union City BART stations and connect with AC Transit bus #99. Take #99 to its stop at the foot of Garin Avenue on Mission Boulevard. From there, the park entrance is slightly less than one mile uphill (steep). You may also deboard the #99 bus at the Whipple Ave./May Road stop on Mission Blvd. From there it is a 0.2-mile walk to the trailhead at the end of May Road.

    Riders should confirm transit information.
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    Trail Map

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    Garin/Dry Creek Pioneer Regional Parks Trail Map

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    When the enlarged version of the map opens click on the 'Full Expand' icon in the lower right hand corner of the map to see the 'Actual Size' map.

    'Full Expand' icon > Full Expand

    When the 'Actual Size' map is viewable, you can 'Click-Hold and Drag' the mouse button (left on a PC) to reposition the map, as desired.

    'Single-Click' on the 'Enlarged' or 'Actual Size' map to return to the park page.

    Interpretive Panels

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