DISCOVER DRY CREEK
Dry Creek Preserve
Dry Creek Preserve is located two miles north on Dry Creek Drive from its intersection with Highway 216 (the road to Woodlake). It is a reclaimed gravel quarry that was donated to Sequoia Riverlands Trust in 2004. Since then, SRT and its partner conservation organizations and volunteers have worked to re-establish the natural waterway and restore the vegetation with hundreds of oak and sycamore plantings and native grasses. Today, Dry Creek Preserve once again provides significant habitat for wildlife and birds. The preserve is open to the public daily during daylight hours (it will close during fire season). Admission is free; dogs are welcome on-leash but must be cleaned up after. Parking is available on-site and there are picnic tables, an overlook, information signs, trails, an interpretive nature loop, and restrooms. An added bonus is that wildflowers are nearing peak bloom.
Homer Ranch Preserve
Three miles beyond the Dry Creek Preserve on Dry Creek Drive is the 1,800-acre Homer Ranch Preserve, which provides public access to a working cattle ranch that is also habitat for native wildlife and vegetation while conserving the watershed and open space. The property was purchased by Sequoia Riverlands Trust in 2004 from the great-great-grandchildren of the ranch’s original owners, J.W. and Martha Homer, who homesteaded the property in 1882. The ranch is open to the public on weekends during daylight hours from late fall to early spring (there is no public access during fire season). Dogs on leashes are allowed on the trails; all waste must be packed out. Parking, picnic tables, and interpretive signs are on-site.