• Loraine Nicole Meek

Huckleberry Botanic Regional Preserve - A Fern-lover's Paradise!

Updated: Aug 9, 2019

"Huckleberry Botanic Regional Preserve is an ecological jewel," reads the first line of an informational page by ebparks.com. I was looking for a new trail to explore on Alltrails.com and came across this amazing location. We packed a lunch, hopped in the car, and took off!

We hadn't realized that this preserve is home to plants found nowhere else in the East Bay, and we definitely hadn't realized that we would be transported to a scene straight out of Jurassic Park!

Sword ferns are abundant here! So gorgeous.

The first thing I want to mention is that there are both picnic tables and bathrooms at the start of this trail, right by the parking lot! If you're a mom of littles ones like me, you know that this is nature-trip gold! Once everyone was good to go, we began our journey along this beautiful trail.

One of Austin's favorite parts was identifying ferns. There are educational posts along the way that held valuable and interesting information. It really turned our adventure into even more of an educational activity as well.

It's easy to make a game out of identifying ferns. By the end of the trail, you'll be pros!

This is a great place for nature photographers to explore, as well as anyone who enjoys striking a decent nature pose! It was really hard to pass up so many amazing photo ops.

Lana has the hippy chic look down. ;)

Nate was happy about the plethora of shade along the trail. The damp smell made us feel like we were lost in a rainforest. We took some time to listen to nature sounds along the way. Completely silent while we trekked along, we could hear birds, water, and small critters scurrying around.

The trail loop is 1.7 miles long. Plants blossom year-round here and there are gorgeous views from the top as well!

Aviah made a little collection of cool leaves she found along the way!

Mama tip: For short nature walks like this, I totally rock a fanny pack that allows me to stay hands-free without the heavy load of a backpack. You can check out some great ones on Amazon here!

Additional information including how to reach the park as well as maps, accessibility, and features can be found at www.ebparks.org

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