Royal Oaks County Park Trails

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Royal Oaks County Park Trails is a 2.8 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Watsonville, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from January until January. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
2.8 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
682 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

camping

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

wild flowers

wildlife

Royal Oaks County Park is a quaint, never-too-crowded park in north Monterey County, nestled in the rolling oak hills between Prunedale and Aromas. In addition to give-or-take 3 miles of hiking trails, the site offers camping sites for very large groups of people; a playground; a softball field; and basketball, volleyball, and tennis courts. There is an $8 dollar day use parking fee. The trails themselves are quite beautiful year round, but definitely more rewarding when there has been rain. They are wide and graded over soft dirt, with a very easy-to-moderate elevation gain. On the Pine Meadow Trail, the trail opens up completely, and you can just wander through the meadow. Great place for a picnic! There is plenty of wildlife, and lots of great fungus. Dogs are allowed on leash. Trails are well-marked, but discrepancies with the map can be a little confusing. Great for families, beginner hikers, and kids. Keep an eye out for ticks, as my dog picks up a lot of them here.

hiking
6 months ago

This is a great park for families who also go to Manzanita County Park. It is very accessible from towns like Aromas and Prunedale, and has good beginner hiking trails with lots of wildlife to see.