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Daly City: Parks

This area of the country is a great place to visit if you enjoy the outdoors. Parks and the great outdoors with fresh air is a true way of life here.

If you are looking for Daly City county parks, you’ll want to look within the San Mateo County parks system. This area has a good number of parks with many amenities, such as camping facilities, hiking trails, areas for horseback riding and more. In total, the county has 17 parks, including Coyote Park, Sanchez Adobe and Flood Park. The area boasts parks that offer an array of settings for your enjoyment. There are marine reserve areas near the coast, recreational areas just off the bay, woody areas and also urban parks.

One of these parks is the San Bruno Mountain State Park.  This State Park is at the northern reaches of the Santa Cruz range with Daly City sitting at it's feet. The park provides visitors with day-use facilities, excellent hiking trails, and beautiful views of San Francisco and Central Bay Area. The park is also the home for wide variety of birds, animals, endangered plant life and beautiful butterfly species.

Parks in Daly City, California and the surrounding region include trails, biking and other spots for enjoyment by families, groups, couples and even people who are out for a day on their own.

One of the best parks in Daly City is  Thornton Beach State Park.   Slated to become part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, Thornton is a remnant of a once-popular state beach.  Although technically closed, the park  still remains popular with locals and Thorton Beach is a segment of the Bay Area Ridge Trail and the Coastal Trail which follows a 1.2-mile sandy trail up and down the dunes from Thornton Beach up to Fort Funston in San Francisco south.

The landscape at Thornton Beach is largely the result of a massive landslide caused by the infamous 1906 earthquake.  The San Andreas Fault ,  source of that quake, heads from land out to sea beneath Mussel Rock just a quarter mile to the south and the landscape is the beneficiary from years and years tectonic plates moving and shaping this land.  To put it simply.....it's gorgeous. 

There's hiking trails along the way that leads to the beach but there are only a few parking spots available. You can bring your dog but it must be leashed to protect the indigenous plants around. 

Daly City also features Urban parks which are popular with local residents.  Daly City, CA parks include Gallert Park and Lincoln Park:

  • Gallert Park features a dirt track for running or walking, Great soccer fields, Baseball diamonds, Tennis & Basketball courts, Picnic Tables with BBQ Pits and a Playground.  It is also located within walking distance to the Daly City Library.
  • Lincoln Park 's playground forms a park center with the adjacent community center, which serves the Crocker area of Daly City. It has two basketball courts, a grassy general play, and a playground.

Truly the area’s unique and beautiful geography makes the parks here a stand-out for visitors and residents alike. The coastal environment and fact that the area is surrounded by water on three sides - is a great influence when it comes to the unique and outstanding parks in this area.