Garin/Dry Creek Pioneer Regional Parks (2024)

Garin Red Barn Visitor Center

It is designed to aide in interpretive programs and for the enjoyment of the casual visitor. The Visitor Center displays artifacts from the ranching and farming history of the Hayward area. There is a blacksmith shop, a tool shop and several ranching-related displays to explore. An interesting collection of antique farm machinery outside the barn augments the display.

Dry Creek Garden

Meyers Cottage was a popular summer home of Edith, Mildred, and Jeanette Meyers, three sisters of Alameda who were very involved in local charities and fundraisers during the early and mid 1900s. The sisters also owned the 1,626-acre Dry Creek Ranch, which was donated to the Park District in 1979 and later opened as Dry Creek Regional Park. Upon the passing of the last surviving Meyers sister, the Meyers Cottage and its garden was also donated to the Park District. The Park District plans to eventually open the cottage for receptions, weddings, and similar events, and it will also house a small visitor center.

The beautifully restored two-acre garden is home to nearly 200 native and exotic plants, with something in bloom just about every day of the year. In addition to the restoration of the garden, pathways were rebuilt and footbridges were reconstructed over the creek. The garden is open to the public Thursdays through Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The garden and cottage is located at the end of May Road off Mission Boulevard in Union City, and the parking lot is open all week until dusk (see Park/Gate hours at right), providing access to trails at the south end of Dry Creek Regional Park, which is adjacent to Garin Regional Park.

A newer feature of Dry Creek Garden is the Iris Garden, which isusually open for two months during the spring, Thursdays through Sundays from 10am to 4pm.

Nature Study

Look around you and you will find two magnificent parkland areas--Garin and Dry Creek Pioneer regional parks. Independent nature study is encouraged here, so bring binoculars, a magnifying glass, field guides, and camera, and be amazed at what you will discover. Guided interpretive programs for this area are coordinated through the Coyote Hills Regional Park Visitor Center in Fremont. For information, phone 1-510-544-3220.

Garin Apple Festival

The spirit of Garin's orchards live on in the antique apple varieties cultivated in remnants of the old apple orchards. The late-summer Garin Apple Festival celebrates the farm's apple-growing tradition. Antique apple varieties grown in the orchards may be tasted in the flesh and as juice. Folk music, song, and old-fashioned games fill out the day. The Garin Apple Festival Event will be held on Saturday, Sept 7, 2024

School Groups

Teachers or group leaders wishing to use the park with a naturalist guide, or those looking for curriculum guides for using the parklands, should contact the Coyote Hills Regional Park Visitor Center at 1-510-544-3220.


Several picnicking areas near the Garin Avenue park entrance are available for use by families and larger groups. Hikers can carry picnic lunches in day packs and enjoy lunch along one of the many park trails.

For more information about reserving Picnic Areas in the park visit theGarin/Dry Creek Picnic Areaspage.

There are four large group picnic areas at Garin: The Cattlemen's, Buttonwood, and Ranchside areas each accommodating 50 people, and Pioneer serves 50. These areas have picnic tables and barbecue brazier units and may be reserved by phoning EBRPD Reservations at 1-888-EBPARKS or 1-888-327-2757, option 2, at least 14 days in advance of the planned event.

Hiking and Horseback Riding

The more than 20 miles of trails within Garin and Dry Creek Pioneer Regional Parks give you the opportunity to explore the 5,857 acres that comprise these parklands. While the trails are not paved, many are suitable for bicycles. Motorcycles and all other types of motor vehicles are not allowed on the trails.

Kite Flying

All kite flying is restricted to the kite field at Garin.
No remote-controlled aircraft, vehicles or boats allowed.

Trail Etiquette

Carry out what you carry in. No littering allowed. No alcohol in the backcountry. Any type of gun–-air rifle or greater--and paintball guns are NOT allowed.

Equestrians have the right of way on trails; hikers and bicyclists should yield to people on horseback (bicyclists should dismount). Heel or leash your dogs. Bicyclists should call out when passing hikers and remember that not everyone on the trail can hear you, especially if they are wearing headphones or earbuds. Try not to take up the whole trail when riding in groups. Hikers should walk or stand to the right so bicyclists can pass safety; try not to take up the whole trail when hiking.

Equestrians are not to bring their horses into the picnic sites at Garin. Stay to the south edge of the meadow area instead. No trick riding or demonstrations please, as children and others may be injured.

No gathering of natural materials is allowed, plant material (dead or alive); wildlife of any kind, be it insect, mammal, reptile, or bird; rocks or cultural artifacts.

Dog Walking

Dogs must be on a leash (six-foot maximum) in all parking lots, picnic areas, lawns, and playfields. Dogs must be under voice control at all times, and please have a leash in-hand and ready for use when necessary.

Please keep your dog(s) under control to prevent conflicts with cattle and confrontations with coyotes. Do not allow your dog(s) to chase the cattle, it may result in injuries and death to cattle. If you see cattle ahead, please heel or leash your dog(s) until you are past the cattle.


The Jordan Pond pier was constructed in 1987 by Park District crews using materials provided through the generosity of the Hayward, South Hayward, and Mt. Eden Lions Clubs. Jordan Pond has naturally reproducing populations of large-mouth bass, bluegill, and sunfish. The Park District also plants channel catfish in the pond once or twice a year. See theAnglers' Edgeweb page for fish planting information. Anglers aged 16 or older must have a state fishing license.

Garin/Dry Creek Pioneer Regional Parks (2024)
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