Slow down, way down, when strolling around the Pine Creek Unit of the Sacramento River National Wildlife Refuge. Just outside the bustle of Chico, this protected land is home to abundant wildlife and migratory birds, with two easy-to-follow trails—one around 1 mile and the other around 2 miles—to enjoy. There are also two picnic areas to help you enjoy your time. Bring the whole family and the binoculars!
Trail Difficulty: Easy
Trail Length & Type: 1-2 mile loop
Best Used: April-November (prone to flooding December-March)
Dogs: Allowed on leash
Trail Map: U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service
Follow CA-32 W towards Hamilton City. Look for a sign saying Pine Creek Unit. The unmarked road will be on your left soon after you pass River Rd. (Note if you pass Gianella Rd. or the Sacramento River you have gone too far.) Go down the groomed dirt path until you reach the parking lot. (Note during the rainy season this could be very muddy).