Memorial Park by @lakitalki
Memorial Park, a photo by @lakitalki on Flickr.

“Trees go wandering forth in all directions with every wind, going and coming like ourselves, traveling with us around the sun two million miles a day, and through space heaven knows how fast and far,” said John Muir, the naturalist, author and earlier advocate for environmental preservation.

Memorial park, located in San Mateo County (Northern California) consists of nearly 500 acres of beauty. The park holds a special place in my heart as one of the locations for school camping trips in elementary and middle school.

Formerly a location for logging in the late 1800’s and early 1900’s, for redwood lumber and the bark of the tan oak tree. Many of the areas in the park were saved from the saws and acquired by the County in 1924. It is called “memorial park” because it was memorialized for for those from San Mateo County who died in the First World War. During the depression, Memorial Park was established as site for the Work Projects Administration created by President Roosevelt.

The park now boasts over eight miles of hiking trails from Pescadero Creek, through the woods and to the summit of Mt Ellen (elevation 600 feet). The self-guided Mt. Ellen Nature Trail offers a short and easy interpretive loop through the park’s northern area.

For a picnic, a hike or a camping trip, Memorial Park provides beautiful surroundings.



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