A view of the city of Fremont from the new Vargas Plateau Regional Park in Fremont, Calif., on Wednesday, May 4, 2016. (Anda Chu / Bay Area News Group)
FREMONT — The first new East Bay Regional park in six years opens Thursday in the hills between Fremont and Sunol with sweeping views of San Francisco Bay, six new miles of trails, and places for future trail connections to several parks.
The $8 million Vargas Plateau Regional Park has 1,249 acres of rolling hills and wooded canyons on a 1,000-foot-elevation plateau with scenic places to hike, run, and ride mountain bikes and horses.
“Vargas Plateau has spectacular views. You can see San Francisco Bay, the San Jose salt flats in one direction and the ridges in Sunol and Pleasanton to the east,” said Bob Doyle, the regional park district general manager. “It is a great place for whole families to ride mountain bikes because the trails are on gently rolling hills.”
HOW TO GET THERE
Admission is free. Hours are generally 8 a.m. to dark.