If you are visiting Vacaville, CA for the first time, you should make sure to stop by Lagoon Valley Park. Located in the I-80 corridor on the outskirts of Vacaville, the Lagoon Valley Park is one of the most quaint and quiet parks you can visit in California. Let’s learn why you should make the effort to visit Lagoon Valley Park on your next stay in Vacaville.
Lagoon Valley Park consists of 470 miles of parkland that contains a range of attractions such as a mountain and natural spring lakes. The park was founded in the early ’70s by Vacaville city itself, along with Solano county. However, it became the responsibility of the city of Vacaville in 1994. Prior to it becoming a city park, Lagoon Valley was home to Native American tribes up to the mid-19th century. It was settled by the Vaca and Pena families, with the Pena adobe and cemetery being areas of interest that you can visit.
During the spring season, the landscape is a crisp and vibrant green color that lends itself well to picnics at the many outdoor eating facilities that the park has to offer. If you visit during the fall, the park is bathed in beautiful autumn foliage, making it one of the best times to go hiking or camping in any of the mountainside hiking trails.
One of the main attractions of the park is the fact that it is very dog-friendly. Many dog owners tend to enjoy the walking and hiking paths being open to dogs, and bags are provided by the park for owners to collect any droppings. If you are walking the paths, some visitors report that not everyone collects the droppings, and you may want to watch your step.
The park has covered eating areas along with barbecue pits, allowing for you to hold family gatherings and weekend picnics with ease and comfort. Along with eating and picnic facilities, there is a wide range of wildlife to watch, horse riding grounds, spring-fed lakes, horseshoe pits, a free-range area for dog walkers, and bike trails. There are also grounds for outdoors sports like archery and frisbee golf. R/C enthusiasts should take note of the “landing strip” for R/C airplanes. Fishing and boating are also allowed, as long as the boat isn’t motorized. Any sort of outdoorsy activities you can think of are easily accessible at Lagoon Valley Park. The only real downside to Lagoon Valley Park is the fact that overnight camping isn’t permitted. There are also reports that some of the wild geese can be somewhat aggressive.
Admission is free for cyclers and pedestrians, and a $3 fee is charged for car parking. A year-long parking pass is available for $50. The park doesn’t have any closing hours, but the best time to use the park is during the day when the scenery is easier to view.
No matter what time of the year you visit Vacaville, CA, always make it a point to stop by the beautiful Lagoon Valley Park.
Getting to R&S Erection of Vallejo from Lagoon Valley Park, Vacaville
via I-80 W
- Get on I-80 W from Rivera Rd
- Head west toward Peña Adobe Rd
- Turn left at the 1st cross street onto Peña Adobe Rd
- Turn right onto Rivera Rd
- Turn left to merge onto I-80 W toward San Francisco
- Follow I-80 W to Redwood St in Vallejo. Take exit 32 from I80 W
- Merge onto I-80 W
- Take exit 32 for Redwood St
- Continue on Redwood St. Drive to Mississippi St
- Slight right onto Redwood St
- Turn left onto Couch St
- Turn left onto Mississippi St