Did you hear the big news?? U.S. News & World Report has recently announced Fresno, California as the #1 Most Fun Place to Live if You Love the Outdoors. Sure, Utah has natural hot springs, Hawaii has majestic waterfalls, and Colorado has the Rocky Mountains, but Fresno has a vast variety, all nearby.
Among the 42 Parks and Recreation Sites here in the Central San Joaquin Valley, here are some of our top picks!
1. Shaver Lake & Huntington Lake
Plan a day trip or weekend getaway to enjoy the beautiful lakes and mountains that are just driving distance away from the San Joaquin Valley! Whether it’s renting jet skis in July, building a snowman in December or simply enjoying the breathtaking views, these destinations will never disappoint. Some of the De Young communities offer easy access to Highway 168 for a nice trip with the family.
2. Millerton Lake
Millerton Lake is less than a short drive from Fresno and offers everything from fishing and boating to relaxed hikes and trails with striking views. Nestled in and on-top-of the beautiful Sierra foothills, De Young at Mira Bella, one of our communities offers panoramic views of the lake with master-planned community amenities!
3. Yosemite National Park
Yosemite is among one of the “must-see” destinations to visit all over the world. There are various activities and sights to see in Yosemite including bike rides through the Valley, swimming in Vernal Falls, or reaching the Glacier Point lookout. One of the park’s biggest attractions is Half Dome, a granite rock 8,000 feet above sea level that lure’s in many of the world’s best climbers. Check out their website for more wonders to see and learn more about camping and permits here!
4. Sequoia National Forest
Located in Tulare County, Sequoia National Forest is famous for their Giant Sequoias and Redwoods. Among these trees is the General Sherman, it claims the title for the largest living organism in the entire world. It is estimated to be 2,100 years old with an astonishing 100 foot trunk circumference and stands at almost 300 feet tall! Be sure to check out their website first so you don’t miss out on anything!
5. China Peak
You don’t have to wait for the first winter snowfall to head up to China Peak! The mountain is open during the summer months for tranquil hikes, scenic chair rides, and mountain biking. But if you do want a head start on planning your first ski trip, Winter 2016/2017 season passes are now available here!
6. San Joaquin River
The San Joaquin River is often an overlooked beauty right here in our backyard. There are low-cost nature walks, downstream canoe and kayak tours led by trained river guides, and even River Camp at Scout Island for children from preschool to High School ages. You can also grab a fishing pole and a friend and spend a calming afternoon on the river for no cost at all! The Fairways rests within a short walk to river access. The San Joaquin River Parkway and Conservation Trust, Inc. provides Valley residents with a calendar listing of all upcoming activities!
7. Woodward Park
This 300 acre park gives Fresno residents a quick escape to a peaceful environment surrounded with animals and nature. Whether you are into cycling around the trails, fishing at the ponds, or enjoying a picnic on the grass you will feel like you are hundreds of miles away from the city life. Enjoy an evening stroll from The Fairways, along the bluffs at the park to see the beautiful Valley sunsets or a family bike ride through the miles of biking paths.
8. City of Clovis Parks & Trails
De Young at Loma Vista is a development strategically placed along a 20-mile network of connected scenic trails throughout the city of Clovis. The idea is to promote a healthier way of life and encourage people to spend time outside and go for those morning jogs, evening bike rides, or even just head out to a nearby park with the family. De Young Properties has built a number of communities in this area, with more coming soon. Visit a Welcome Center today!
Whether you want to stay in the city and enjoy the outdoors at local parks or take a drive up to the mountains, the options are truly endless. And the good news is you can tackle any of these activities in just one day! Check out the full article from U.S. News & World Report and don’t be afraid to boast a little either!
Author: Ashley De Young