1700 Castle Rock Road
Walnut Creek, CA 94598
Parking Fee: No fee
Open between 5am - 10pm, unless otherwise posted or permitted
> Castle Rock Main Entrance
> Orchard Staging Area
> Equestrian Parking
> Borges Ranch Trailhead
Toll Free: 888-EBPARKS (888-327-2757), option 3, extension 4515
> PDF Map
> Trail map
Beach Access Fee
Swim Facilities page
Within Diablo Foothills Regional Park is the Castle Rock Recreation Area which is located in a scenic canyon along Pine Creek. The area is dominated by oak woodlands and prominent sandstone formations.
Castle Rock has historically specialized in preparing picnic events for large groups of 300 or more people, but in 2007 the East Bay Regional Park District began renovating the park for drop-in as well as reservable picnic use. Catering service may also be available. Reservations may be made by calling 888-327-2757, press option 2. Note that there is no shuttle service into the park from the front gate. Bring a wagon to transport your heavy or bulky items. The distance from the front gate to the pool area is one-quarter mile, an average six-minute walk. The distance from the Orchard Staging Area to the pool area is one-half mile.
Diablo Foothills Regional Park and Castle Rock Park are bordered by Mt. Diablo State Park and Walnut Creek Open Space, providing access to more than 18,000 acres of public lands.
The annual closure area for the protection of the peregrine falcons is in effect from February 1 through July 31. This covers the entire rock formation area that is east of Stage Road trail. All the trails leading up to that area are unofficial trails and are not on the park map. Watch for signs showing which areas are closed. All officially named trails throughout the park are open and not affected by this protected area. For more information, contact park staff at (510) 544-3085.
Basketball courts, horseshoes pits, a volleyball court, softball field, and picnic sites are now open to the public daily. There are 4 sites with a capacity of 100 and 3 with a capacity of 50 that are reservable and they can only be reserved by calling the 888 number. Other picnic sites are available on a first-come, first-serve basis.
The pool complex features a 30 feet by 70 feet swimming pool and deck areas. In addition, the complex is fully accessible to individuals with disabilities, including the bathhouse and an accessible lift into the pool. (Pool access fee to enter swim area.) Swimming is allowed only when lifeguards are on duty. For current hours of operation and lifeguard service schedule, visit the Swim Facilities page.
The pathways within the park are wheelchair accessible. Other wheelchair accessible facilities in the park include restrooms, changing rooms and drinking fountains. Disabled persons: please contact the park staff for transportation assistance from the park entrance gate.
Exit I-680 on Ygnacio Valley Road in Walnut Creek and drive east. After about three miles turn right on Walnut Avenue. After about two miles turn right on Oak Grove Road, then bear right onto Castle Rock Road and follow it to the Orchard Staging Area on the right (This lot closed during winter and wet weather). There is informal parking near the park entrance at the end of Castle Rock Road.
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