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Lower Bidwell Park
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Lower Bidwell Park is the portion of Bidwell Park that is west of Manzanita Avenue. It is perhaps most well known for multitudes of picnic sites (many of which are disabled persons accessible), swimming, running, and road biking along flat pathways.


Bikers can enjoy paved roads over flat terrain and easy, flat dirt trails throughout Lower Park. Bike trails are two miles or less and rated easy.


Lower Park is flat and level with a thick canopy of trees which provide ample shade for the visitor. The leisurely walk all around Lower Park is roughly 6 miles roundtrip and cars are comfortably few on pathways that allow them. Public bathrooms and water fountains are available in certain locations (by Sycamore Pool, in the Chico Creek Nature Center, and just across Manazita Avenue). Parking is available in convenient locations.

Map of Lower Park

Discover Lower Bidwell Park with this map. Get a free copy of the fold-out map, which includes the entirety of Bidwell Park, from the Chico Chamber of Commerce.

Lower Bidwell Park
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