picnicking

Bean Hollow SB

A 1-mile trail connects the main Bean Hollow beach and Pebble Beach. Molly Lautamo photo.

A miniature bay and bizarre rock formations.

Butano State Park

A creek crossing on Mill Ox Trail. Kelsey Farabee photo.

Redwood camping near the coast.

Alum Rock Park

A 140-plus-year-old stone bridge crosses Penitencia Creek in Alum Rock Park. Photo by Raul A./CC

History and wildlife a few miles from downtown San Jose.

Ed Levin County Park

Winter rains turn the hills of Ed Levin Park brilliant green. Hilltromper photo.

The town and country of parks