Chico Outdoor Adventurer Hiking

Stroll Through the Chico Seed Orchard

Enjoy a relax­ing stroll through a tru­ly inter­na­tion­al wood­land at the Chico Seed Orchard. This facil­i­ty is part of the Men­do­ci­no Nation­al Forest and began in 1904 as the Plant Intro­duc­tion Field Sta­tion. Hun­dreds of plants were col­lect­ed from around the world and were brought back to Butte Coun­ty to be grown and researched by the Unit­ed States Depart­ment of Agriculture.

Many famil­iar plants spent their first years in the Unit­ed States right here, includ­ing the kiwifruit, pis­ta­chio, and jujube fruit. This 209-acre botan­i­cal gem still con­tains many of these orig­i­nal plants, some of which are labeled with inter­pre­tive signs along the one mile long paved nature path. Cur­rent­ly, the Chico Seed Orchard focus­es on pro­duc­ing seed trees for projects such as refor­esta­tion, wild­fire recov­ery, water­shed restora­tion, and mine reclamation.

Take a walk with your favorite four-legged friend (on leash) or enjoy a creek­side lunch at one of the sev­en estab­lished pic­nic sites. High tree canopies often filled with birds cre­ate the feel of a bustling bird aviary. A restroom pro­vid­ed along the loop trail and wheel­chair acces­si­bil­i­ty make this loca­tion easy and enjoy­able for the whole family.

Key Info

Trail Dif­fi­cul­ty: Easy

Trail Length & Type: 1‑mile paved loop (plus addi­tion­al unpaved trails)

Best Used: Acces­si­ble year-round

Dogs: Allowed on leash

Trail Map: Men­do­ci­no Nation­al For­est Map

Oth­er Impor­tant Info: Wheel­chair accessible

Stroll Through the Chico Seed Orchard
Ashley Baer

Direc­tions & Hours

Make your way to Chico via High­way 99 and exit east onto Sky­way (Exit 383). Dri­ve a quar­ter of a mile and turn right on Dominic Dri­ve. At the end of the road turn left onto Mor­row Lane then take the next right onto Cramer Lane. Pro­ceed for about 2000 feet and park­ing is avail­able just out­side. Addi­tion­al park­ing is avail­able inside the gate dur­ing oper­at­ing hours.

  • The main gate is open from 7am to 3pm Mon­day through Friday.
  • The pedes­tri­an gate is open sev­en days a week from 7am through 7pm in the sum­mer (March 1 — Octo­ber 31) and from 7am through 5pm in the win­ter (Novem­ber 1 — Feb­ru­ary 29). 
  • Closed on holidays. 

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