Howe Homestead Park  

2950 Walnut Blvd, Walnut Creek, CA 9459


The Howe Homestead Park is a small park on Walnut Avenue, but it’s a nice jumping off point for those who want to enjoy the outdoors. The Kovar Trail leads from the park into Shell Ridge Open Space, and there are endless hiking loops. There is a small parking lot and water fountains and bathroom facilities. The park itself features old farming equipment, benches to sit on, and a large lawn for dogs or kids to run around on.



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There is a small lot and water fountains and restroom facilities (fountains and bathroom currently closed due to COVID precautions.) The park itself is rather small but features a few pieces of old farming equipment, some benches to sit and relax on and a nice large lawn for dogs and kids to run around on. Adjoining it is also a community garden which was fun to walk around and see what neighbors are planting.

It’s a cute little neighborhood park perfect for coming to relax and read a book or to find an easy parking spot for hikes in to Shell Ridge. You’ll to walk here and spend some time enjoying this small, local green space.



Howe Homestead Park is small city park with lovely grounds for walking, growing vegetables,A hidden discovery that  will now bask in until darkest days… or at least until it becomes unbearably overcrowded.

Howe Homestead Park is a small recreational park tucked right behind the streets of downtown Walnut Creek.Coming down Ygnacio Valley Rd from Concord, you can reach this park by simply turning left on Walnut Blvd and keeping straight until you reach a small parking lot on the left hand side.

Parking is free and there is a little path that will lead you to the park. The park itself is small with many preserved antiques set along its’ path like an old farming wagon and beekeeper boxes..



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Once you pass the garden, you will see a signage  “Kovar Trail”. You can follow this trail all the way up until you reach the top of a hill with a three-way trail intersection. You veered to the right and ended up going up some mini steep inclines. There’s a beautiful viewpoint where you can see all of Walnut Creek, the beautiful rolling hills, and the highway 24 and 680 freeway.

Howe Homestead Park is a peak where you can see all of the various trails centered on Shell Ridge open space. At this point you’ll begin to descend downward, however it can be quite dangerous.Because of slippery rock. It’s a great workout but you need to  go early or bring enough water to keep hydrated.

This trail is one that is less traveled, making it more enjoyable for you to really soak up the views.



Walnut Creek, California is home to a variety of hiking areas and trails that are excellent for all skills and levels.  Here’s a short list of our favorites:

  • Acalanes Ridge
  • Diablo Foothills Regional Park
  • Shell Ridge Open Space
  • Franco Ranch Loop Trail
  • Fossil Hill Trail
  • Iron horse regional trail access
  • Castle Rock Trail Entrance
  • Rockspring Place trail entrance – Shell Ridge
  • Howe Homestead Park

All of these wonderful hiking areas are located just a short distance from our location at 1777 Botelho Drive, Suite 110 in Walnut Creek! Stop by for a visit anytime!




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