Recreation Opportunities

There are two main opportunities for recreation along lower Walnut Creek.  The Iron Horse Trail and Pacheco Marsh.

Future Iron Horse Trail Extension

Iron Horse Trail

The East Bay Regional Park District operates the Iron Horse Trail along the levee maintenance roads of the Flood Control District's Walnut Creek Channel. The trail is popular with commuters, cyclists, joggers, and walkers.

Currently the trail stops at Marsh Drive, just north of the junction with the Delta-De Anza Trail along the Clayton Valley Drain.   

The Park District and the Flood Control District share a common vision to extend the Iron Horse Trail three additional miles along Lower Walnut Creek to the Park District's existing Waterbird Regional Preserve staging area.

The Lower Walnut Creek Restoration Project has designed levees to accommodate the East Bay Regional Park District's future Iron Horse Trail construction. 

Pacheco Marsh

The District has partnered with John Muir Land Trust (JMLT) to provide significant public access opportunities at Pacheco Marsh.

Future amenities include 2.4 miles of pathways, elevated vistas, bird watching blinds, and interpretive panels.  Also included will be a staging area/parking lot and restroom. 

The Lower Walnut Creek Restoration Project has been carefully designed in close collaboration with JMLT to ensure these amenities can be constructed following the Lower Walnut Creek restoration work. 

The image below shows the latest recreation concept for Pacheco Marsh.

LWC North Reach Public Access Concept Plan