Near Ventura County, California, in the western Simi Hills and Conejo Valley, you’ll find Wildwood Regional Park. This park is a suburban regional park in Ventura County. In addition to other locations, it may be discovered in the western part of Thousand Oaks, the northern part of Newbury Park, and the southern part of Moorpark.
Over 27 miles of hiking trails may be found in Wildwood. Mesa, Moonridge, Wildwood Canyon, and Santa Rosa Trails are the four main trails. Wildwood is home to around 250 plant species and 37 animal species, 70 bird species, and 22 amphibian and reptile species.
The park covers 1,765 acres (7.14 km2) and is linked to 1,400 open spaces in the surrounding region (5.7 km2). The Conejo Open Space Conservation Agency manages the park (COSCA).
The park’s recreational outdoor activities include hiking, mountain biking, jogging, horseback riding, picnics, educational tours, interpretive programs, camping, and animal watching.
Paradise Falls, with its 70-foot (21-meter) fall and the Arroyo Conejo Creek and creekbed, the enormous wooden teepee, the Nature Center, and Indian Cave, are all famous attractions in the park. In Mount Clef Ridge, the Lizard Rock formation is a serrate volcanic outcropping.
There are panoramic vistas of the Conejo Valley from Lizard Rock, Teepee Overlook, and other higher elevation sites.
There are fourteen nature trails in the park, totaling about 27 kilometers.
The 2.5-mile Mesa Trail Loop, 3-mile Lizard Rock Trail, 3-mile Moonridge Trail, 3-mile Paradise Falls Trail, 3-mile Indian Creek Loop, 4-mile Wildwood Park Loop, 6-mile Lower Butte Trail Loop, 6-mile Lynnmere Trail, 6.3-mile Santa Rosa Trail (leading to the hills by California Lutheran University), 6.5-mile Santa Rosa Loop, and 7-mile Hill Canyon Trail are among the most popular hiking trails.
From the Lynn Road exit on the 101 Freeway (Ventura Freeway), go north on Lynn Road for about 3.5 kilometers until you reach Avenida de Los Arboles. This is the primary entrance to the park. Then turn left and persist for 0.9 miles to Big Sky Drive at the end of the street. Other trailheads include 398 Briar Bluff Court, 2601 San Miguel Circle, 930 Lynnmere Drive, 2629 Velarde Drive in Thousand Oaks, 11121 Rocky High Road in Santa Rosa Valley; 11160 Sumac Lane in Camarillo; and Newbury Park and Moorpark in Box Canyon.
From 7:00 a.m. until sunset, the park is open.
Contact the Conejo Community Center/Outdoor Unit for information on outdoor activities and specialty hikes in the park.
Visit the website or call 805-495-6471 for more information on the park, including trail maps, Park Rangers contacts, and other adjacent open space sites. Also, get involved with initiatives that benefit Wildwood Park or Conejo open space areas.