Parks & Outdoor Recreation

A great thing about Elk Grove is that it combines suburban convenience with lots of green space for outdoor activities. In fact, as of 2021, there are 100 parks in Elk Grove, which are scattered throughout the city. They range in size from small to large and feature varying landscapes such as rivers, forests, and lakes along with a multitude of opportunities for outdoor recreation. You can find all of these things and more in Elk Grove parks:

  • Children’s playgrounds and spraygrounds
  • Walking, hiking, and running trails
  • Bike paths
  • In-line skating and skateboarding areas
  • Fishing spots along the shores of lakes and rivers
  • Picnic areas
  • Opportunities for tennis, basketball, volleyball, baseball, softball, disc golf, and more

Many parks also allow dogs, so your furry friends have a space to play too.

We have compiled a sample of some of our favorite Elk Grove parks below.

1. Backer Park

Backer Park is one of the larger parks in Elk Grove. This 10.2-acre park features baseball fields, basketball courts, tennis courts, shaded picnic area, trail access, a fish-themed play structure, and a spray-ground for hot summer days.

2. Bartholomew Park

At Bartholomew Park (not to be confused with the sports park with the same name), you will find a multipurpose field, and shaded picnic areas. There are easy walking paths near a small picturesque lake that are often used by residents of the Laguna West neighborhood.

3. Bartholomew Sports Park

One of the larger parks in Elk Grove, Bartholomew Sports Park is a crown jewel in the Elk Grove park system, boasting an elaborate sports complex with lighted soccer fields, football fields, baseball diamonds, tennis courts, bleachers, restrooms, concession stands, and more. The park also has several playgrounds, grassy areas, and places to walk or run. Parking is ample and free.

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4. Camden Park Greenbelt

From downtown Elk Grove, it’s only an 8-minute drive to the peaceful and scenic Camden Park, a family-friendly area with walking trails along a creek.

Most Popular Hiking Trails

  • Camden Park Loop Trail: This is a 3-mile family-friendly, moderately trafficked loop in a residential area by a lake. Large trees provide generous amounts of shade, and benches offer spots for resting and contemplation. The trail is popular with runners, walkers, and bikers. Dogs are welcome but must be leashed.
  • Elk Grove Creek Trail: This is an 8.6 mile paved, family-friendly hike with lovely views of the creek. Dogs must be on a leash. The trail is suitable for walking, biking, and in-line skating and is also wheelchair accessible.

For more information on hiking and walking in Camden Park, click here.

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5. Del Meyer Park

Del Meyer Park is an easy access point for hiking and biking trails along Laguna Creek. From the park, hikers can access the Elk Grove Laguna Creek Trail, a 5 km out-and-back along the river. This trail is wheelchair accessible and kid friendly. You can bring your dog, too, but all furry friends must be leashed.

6. Derr Okamoto Community Park

Derr-Okamoto Park features a basketball court, playground, picnic area, walking track, soccer fields, a skate park, and a spray-ground where kids can zip around and cool off during hot summer days.

7. Elk Grove Regional Park

Elk Grove Regional Park, with its glorious stands of old oak trees, has served as a gathering place for Elk Grove residents since the 1800s. Today, the park encompasses over 122 acres, with 1.4 miles of a multi-use trail perfect for jogging or walking; picnic areas; softball and baseball fields; horseshoe pits; a dog park; a playground; a volleyball pit; a scenic lake with fishing; and a bike park. This park has a bit of everything and also hosts many events throughout the year.

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8. Horseshoe Park

Horseshoe Park is a place for kids to “horse around.” This horse-themed park features climbable horseshoes and horse statues that will make that little cowboy or cowgirl in your life yell “yee-haw.” The park has two playgrounds, one for children ages 2–5 and another for ages 5–12, picnic tables, and a spacious field where kids can run like the wind.

9. Jan Rau Community Park (also Rau Park)

The Jan Rau Community Park has three baseball fields, a restroom, a snack bar, and two separate “jungle gym” areas, both with padded, “bouncy” floors. There is also a basketball court, grassy areas, and ample parking. If you are in the mood for a picnic, there’s a nice-sized gazebo with picnic tables and barbecue grills.

10. Island Park

Island Park will take you under the sea with its island-themed features. The 2.3-acre park features a playground, a shaded area, picnic tables, and an adult fitness area.

11. Kloss Park

Kloss Park is a lovely park located on Laguna Park Drive right next to Foulks Ranch Elementary School and the fire station. Kids will appreciate seeing the fire trucks coming and going from the station and waving hello to the firefighters. The park’s large playground has fire-engine themed play structures, with swings, slides, climbing areas, and much more. The park also has baseball diamonds and soccer fields, and a covered gazebo can be used for group events, such as birthday parties or picnics. The park connects to a green belt that is perfect for leisurely walks or bike rides.

12. Machado Dairy Park

Machado Dairy Park features 10 acres of fun! Kids can enjoy a barn-shaped playground and barnyard animal teeter-totters. Little animal lovers will surely appreciate this park. It also features an adult fitness area, picnic areas, and a multipurpose field.

13. Miwok Park

Miwok Park is a 6.2-acre community-built park that features a multipurpose field, picnic areas, tennis courts, and two playgrounds for kids aged 2–5 and 5–12, respectively. The playgrounds are Miwok-themed, with features such as a wooden teepee playhouse and canoe.

14. Morse Community Park

Morse Community Park will delight kids of all ages along with outdoor-loving adults, too. Here, you’ll find a full basketball court, a variety of playgrounds including a fabulous water park for summer along with a dog park, restrooms, and plenty of shade and grassy areas. This is a great place to pitch a tent and hang out for the day with your kids or friends. Outdoor concerts are often held here during summer.

15. Oasis Community Park

Oasis Park, the 99th park in Elk Grove, is a 20-acre modern recreational oasis. It boasts state-of-the-art playground equipment, a splash park, grassy areas, soccer fields, tennis and pickleball courts, restrooms, and an outdoor “gym” area with exercise equipment.

16. Singh and Kaur Park

Singh and Kaur Park is Elk Grove’s 100th park! It is the first park in the United States that uniquely celebrates the Sikh community. It features sport courts for basketball, bocce ball, sand volleyball, and more, along with several playgrounds, a shade structure, picnic area, and a walking trail.

Other Outdoor Recreational Opportunities in & Near Elk Grove

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