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The forested slopes and steep, cool canyons of Huddart Park are complemented by picnic areas with barbecue pits and tables, a playground, grassy meadows, as well as hiking and equestrian trails. Huddart Park is a great place to have a picnic or explore a redwood forest. There is ample parking throughout the park which makes it very accessible to visitors of all ages.
The smaller of the two parks, Wunderlich was once the ranch of the Folger family and was donated to the County by Martin Wunderlich as an equestrian preserve and open space. Wunderlich preserves beautiful native habitats of redwood forest, open meadows, and oak and madrone stands, and is kept as a semi-wilderness area with a system of well-maintained trails for hiking, riding, and running. The historic Folger Stable, recently renovated through generous donation, is at the base of the park.
Parking is limited so we encourage you to carpool when visitiing.
Although now part of Wunderlich Park in Woodside, the Folger Stable and the 942 surrounding acres were originally part of a 12,000-acre land grant in the 1840s made to John Copinger, an Irishman and one of the first non-hispanic Europeans to live on the peninsula. Stable History> | Stable Renovation>
Park Courtesy - A Few Simple Guidelines
A diverse community makes use of the parks and we encourage everyone to treat the environment and each other respectfully. We offer here a few simple guidelines that can make the experience more enjoyable for everyone.
As a way of showing consideration for the environment, we encourage visitors, especially large hiking groups, to carpool when visiting the parks. There are Park and Ride lots nearby at Woodside Road, Edgewood Road, and Page Mill Road, all off Highway 280. Especially on sunny weekends, parking can be very competitive so we ask that you take care not to block other cars and horse trailers. The latter are a bit tough to maneuver so we encourage allowing extra space and leaving horse trailer parking open for that specified use.
Those visiting with horse trailers are encouraged to park in designated areas. When riding past people, please always bring your horse to a walk and give as wide a berth as possible as many visitors are unaccustomed to horses and may be easily frightened.
Runners, Hikers, and Saunterers
Please do not run up behind horses or startle them. While they are large animals, they are easily frightened by unexpected motions or by strollers and large backpacks. The hiker or rider could get easily hurt. For those hiking in a group, keep everyone to the same side of the trail so the horses can go by as easily and calmly as possible. For children who would like to pet a horse, please ask first. While some horses are quite fond of attention, others are skittish.
Dogs, even on leashes, are not permitted by County regulation in these parks because of their potential impact on the wildlife. One of the true pleasures of the semi-wilderness nature of these preserves is the abundance of deer, lizards, banana slugs, birds and the occasional bobcat or coyote. Dogs are permitted at other parks in the area such as Windy Hill Preserve.
Cyclists in the community are welcome to ride on the paved roads in Huddart Park. The possibility of biking here also creates an opportunity to cross-train by adding hiking or running to a biking workout. Due to the steepness of the hills, lack of visibility on many blind curves, the potential for land erosion, and the safety of the many families with small children and horses that regularly use the trails, access to the dirt and single-track trails at Huddart and Wunderlich Parks is prohibited by County regulation. For a full list of the thousands of acres in the area that are open to mountain biking, check out the trails.com website. Midpeninsula Open Space maintains a web page that lists the latest conditions and temporary closures.
Wunderlich and Huddart Parks open daily at 8:00 A.M. including all holidays. The closing time varies depending on season.
The Carriage Room Musuem is open every Saturday from 10:00am-4:00pm.
Docents will be on hand to enrich your experience!
From Interstate 280 in San Mateo County exit CA 84/Woodside Road (exit 25). Drive west on Woodside Road about 3 miles to the signed park entrance (it's a small sign) on the right (west) side of the road.
From I-280 in San Mateo County, take the Woodside Road exit (California Highway 84). Go west through town of Woodside for about 1.5 miles, then go right on Kings Mountain Road. Go about 2 miles to the park entrance on the right.