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Lower Bidwell Park, Chico

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Bidwell Park is a municipal park located in Chico, California. The park was established July 10, 1905, through the donation by Annie Bidwell (widow of Chico's founder, John Bidwell) of approximately 2,500 acres (10 km2) of land to the City of Chico. Since that time, the City has purchased additional land, such as Cedar Grove in 1922, and 1,200 acres (5 km2) of land south of Big Chico Creek in upper Bidwell Park in 1995. Today, the total Park size is 3,670 acres (15 km2), nearly 11 miles (18 km) in length, making it the third largest municipal park in California and one of the 25 largest city parks in the United States.Bidwell Park is "divided" by Manzanita Avenue. The area west of Manzanita Avenue is referred to as Lower Park and the area to the east is referred to as Middle and Upper Park. Middle Park extends from Manzanita to a point roughly equal to the upstream edge of the Chico Municipal Golf Course. The noticeable difference between Upper/Middle and Lower Park is the terrain. Upper Park is located in the foothills of the southernmost Cascades. It has steep terrain and shallow soils, and contains many rock formations, including the unique Chico Formation sandstone and Lovejoy Basalt rocks. Lower Park is flat and level with a deep soil structure supporting a thick canopy of trees which provide ample shade for the visitor. Special rules also apply in the Upper Park and the road is unpaved for much of its length.
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  • Bidwell park can be divided into two categories, upper and lower park. The canopy covered paths and trails of Lower park meander along Big Chico Creek and are utilized by runners, dog-walkers, bikers,...  more »
  • The place doesnt look like much from the road, but, get inside, park and walk the 100 feet to the river on the far side. Beautiful foliage, water, PEACE and QUIET. You can easily spend the day thre. A...  more »
  • I had hoped the security issues would have improved since my last visit; sadly, this is not the case. Homeless camps along the creek and under the brush in the park have made this a dangerous place to...  more »
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  • I love the trails thru Bidwell, lots of big trees along the trails and roads so mostly shady, which is great. A year round creek runs through the middle. There are bathrooms as well. Close to downtown.
  • Great for a day outdoors with your family and friends. We had a picnic for my graduation from Chico State and it was the perfect place to say goodbye to Chico!
  • This is my favorite place in the world to run, featuring shady trails, knee-friendly dirt, and the gorgeous creek. Bathrooms are clean and stocked; drinking fountains are clean, too. Volunteer "Park Watch" walk the trails with their dogs, keeping our community safe. A+ park!
  • Nice river and personally I never got to go to the main pool but it's a nice spot to hang out with family or friends :-)
  • I love it. Enjoy it so much, sticking my feet in the water. 😊