The Parks Forward Commission has collaborated with others to create a new app, caliparks.org, that allows you to find parks, trails and other recreation opportunities near you within California.
Caliparks.org screenshot of homepage
When I clicked through to State Parks and typed Walnut Grove, CA into the search bar, 4 nearby parks came up:
- Stone Lakes
- Stone Lakes Wildlife Refuge
- Franks Tract State Recreation Area
- Brannan Island State Recreation Area.
In addition the application allows you to locate camping sites, mountain bike trails, dog walking opportunities, and beaches.
Step into living history: only a mile up the river from Walnut Grove, Locke offers historic interest, quirky shopping and good food and drink. And yes, there is a Chinese food restaurant.
It is easy to pull off the highway and park in the parking lot by the public bathrooms or along the street. A few of the buildings are California State Park museums (http://www.locketown.com/Boarding%20House.htm)
I had a relaxing time at the bar in Al the Wop’s where I met Dessa (who hopefully will be my tour guide for Walnut Grove). I will return and enjoy a meal at Al’s place and post a review. Meanwhile Al’s enjoys a 94% approval rating on the Urban Spoon.
Al the Wop’s (916) 776-1800; 13936 Main Street, Locke, CA 95690; open 7 days a week
Locke Garden Chinese Restaurant (916) 776-2100; Cantonese style; Tues-Sun 11-9