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Are you looking for a way to spice up your evening walks? Or maybe you just want to start walking in general to stay in shape. Whether you’re after stress relief or a fun activity for the whole family, Walnut Creek has some great outdoor spaces. Check out our five picks for the best walking trails in Walnut Creek, California.

1. Diablo Foothills Regional Park

Diablo Foothills Regional Park is adjacent to Mt. Diablo State Park and Walnut Creek Open Space, and it’s great for nature lovers of all shapes and sizes. You can walk, hike, mountain bike, or take the trails on horseback, all while getting a unique view of Walnut Creek and the surrounding area. Just make sure to bring binoculars with you, so you can spy on all the wildlife that make this park their home.

2. Heather Farm Park

Heather Farm Park is 102 acres of activities, ranging from fishing, baseball, basketball, equestrian activities, skateboarding, soccer, swimming, and oh so much more. We love that dogs can come to this park and even have areas where they can be off leash, making it the perfect destination for you and your furry companion. If a nice walk was all that you had in mind, there are various trails scattered throughout the park (we recommend stopping at the rose garden along your way, too).

3. Lafayette-Moraga Regional Trail

The Lafayette-Moraga Regional Trail is one long line (approx. 7.65 miles) of walking trail. You can choose to do the whole thing or just part of it, and have the option of joining the trail anywhere along its length. This one is technically not in Walnut Creek, but it’s so close that we just had to include it in this list! Get ready to see lots of runners and dog walkers on this trail, as its regular maintenance and relative safety are both big draws. Do make sure to bring a hat and some water though– the trail is long and has some sunny spots.

4. Lime Ridge Open Space

Lime Ridge Open Space covers a whopping 1226 acres and has over 25 miles of trails. You can reach the trailhead from either Walnut Creek or Concord, but we obviously prefer the Walnut Creek end for this list. This is an open space park, meaning you’ll have a chance to see a variety of native plants and wildlife. You can bring your dogs (Yay!) but they should be kept on leash (or within sight and voice command in certain areas).

5. Iron Horse Regional Trail

Iron Horse Regional Trail spans a total of 32 miles, starting in Dublin and going all the way through Walnut Creek and into Concord. You’ll see many walkers, joggers, and bicyclists as you walk this trail, given that it is so well-maintained and evenly-paved. Iron Horse follows the path that was once apart of the Southern Pacific Railroad, giving this trail a bit of unique history!

What is your favorite walking trail in Walnut Creek? Share in the comments below!