Sycamore Grove Park
Size: 775 acres
Location: 1051 Wetmore Road or 5211 Arroyo Road Locator Map
Parking fee: $5 per vehicle or by annual permit
Hours: 7a.m. until sunset (see closing hours posted at each entrance)
Days: 365 days a year (unless closed for hazardous conditions)
Amenities/Facilities: picnic tables and restrooms at both entrances; hiking, bicycle and horse trails; barbecues at Arroyo Road entrance.
PHOTOGRAPHERS: Commercial and portrait photographers need to obtain a permit before doing photo shoots in Sycamore Grove and other open space parks within the district. This applies to anyone who will be collecting fees from clients or will be using equipment beyond a camera and tripod. Those who will be filming in the park, whether for a school project or commercial use, also need to obtain a permit. To obtain a permit, call the ranger office at (925) 960 2400 between the hours of 9 am and 4 pm Monday through Friday. Photography permits must be obtained a minimum of 24 hours before the photo shoot. Current price for a photography permit is $25. Permits for projects involving filming vary in price and may take up to 3 weeks to process so please begin the permitting process well in advance. THIS POLICY IS SUBJECT TO CHANGE AT ANY TIME, please call (925) 960 2400 for current information.
2014 Annual Parking Pass Prices
Many park users know about the paved path, but don't venture out on other trails in the park. Check out hiking suggestions from Ranger Amy!
View Sycamore Grove Recovery Program (PDF, 4.85 MB)
View the 2012 Annual Report of the pond restoration project, funded by Coastal Conservancy
Sycamore Grove Park has two public entrances, one on Wetmore Road and one on Arroyo Road.
Parking and restrooms are available at both entrances. A 2.5-mile long paved path connects the two parking lots. A number of other dirt paths branch off along the way allowing you to explore a variety of habitats and choose whether you would like to enjoy a leisurely stroll over relatively flat terrain or climb into the hills for fabulous views across the Livermore Valley.
There is a reservable group picnic area available for rental. Click here for reservable picnic area rental information.
The park is home to a variety of wildlife. Along the Arroyo Del Valle you might see frogs, pond turtles, dragonflies, ducks or even muskrats. In addition to this riparian area there are grassland and oak woodland habitats. Deer, ground squirrels, butterflies, lizards and birds such as red-tail hawks, white-tail kites, scrub jays, magpies and meadowlarks are just few of the animals you might spot in these areas.
Know before you go
Daily Parking Permits -There is a $5 per vehicle daily fee for parking, payable at machines near the park kiosks. The machines accept $1 and $5 bills as well as coins (except pennies). The machines do not make change. It will print out a pass that must be displayed on the dashboard of your vehicle with the date visible.
Annual Parking Permits - Annual Passes allow frequent park visitors to save money and time. If you are a Livermore resident and come once a month or more, it will be worth your while! Out-of-district residents who visit the park twice a month or more will also save money. Seniors (Age 60+) receive a substantial discount. Annual Passes are hang-tags that you can use in multiple vehicles. Passes are prorated monthly so you get the same great value regardless of when you purchase your pass. Annual Passes must be visible on the dash or rear-view mirror. Annual passes can be purchased from rangers in the park, at the Community Center (4444 East Avenue) or you can fill out this form and mail it in.
Equestrian parking – Horse trailers can park at the Sycamore Grove Park entrance on Wetmore Road only. Daily parking fee is $5.
Pets – For the safety of pets, people and wildlife - pets must be leashed at all times while in the park.
Trails - Check the trail signs to see which uses are allowed on each trail. Some accommodate bikes, horses and people. Others allow only one or two uses.
Days and hours of operation – The park is open 365 days a year from 7 a.m. until sunset; however, it may be closed for conditions such as flooding or high fire danger that present a possible danger to the public.
Safety – Check out our park safety page for information about how to stay safe in the great outdoors and our nature notes page to learn more about some of the wildlife (like snakes, spiders, ticks and mountain lions) that some may perceive as "dangerous".
Contact the rangers – If you have questions for the rangers you can call the ranger office at 925-960-2400 or can reach them by email.