4000 Acre Park to open to the public south of SF
(The soon-to-open park is in the upper left corner of the map)
Soon there will be a new southern gateway to the Golden Gate National Parks: Rancho Corral de Tierra. In early 2011, the National Park Service assumes management of 3,858 acres of this beautiful coastal parcel in San Mateo County. Learn about some features of Rancho, and find out how to get a sneak preview of our new national parkland.
One of the largest swaths of undeveloped land on the San Mateo peninsula, Rancho Corral de Tierra had been fated to become a patchwork of private subdivisions, “ranchettes,” and golf links. But thanks to the vision of the Peninsula Open Space Trust (POST), this remarkable parcel—and its breathtaking coastal views, ecologically vital watersheds, and miles of public trails—were protected and preserved for all.
In early 2011, POST will formally transfer 3,858 acres of the Rancho property to the Golden Gate National Parks. In the coming months, the National Park Service and Parks Conservancy will work with other public land agencies to establish trailheads (with maps, signage, and restrooms) from which visitors can set off on the existing network of trails. The NPS will also engage the community in developing a long-term plan for our new national park site.
If you want a head-start on exploring Rancho, join a guided walk on (1/8 or 1/29) or bike ride (1/16/2011).