Welcome to Hellyer County Park and the Coyote Creek Parkway. This 354-acre urban park is located in the heart of Santa Clara County's regional park system. The Coyote Creek, which meanders through the center of the park, is the focus of the park's natural environment. A thick undergrowth and tall trees characterize the well defined creek channel which is home to many different species of wildlife. Visitors to the park can escape from the nearby hustle of city life and enjoy the quiet solitude of Hellyer County Park and the Coyote Creek Parkway.
The park is located west of the Hellyer Avenue exit along Highway 101. The Coyote Creek Parkway multiple use trail can be accessed at both the Blossom Hill Road and Bernal Road exits off Highway 101. Both trailheads are approximately one-quarter mile from the highway. The multiple use trail can also be accessed near the intersection of Monterey Highway and Metcalf Road. Public transit is available to Hellyer County Park.
How to Get There
Hellyer County Park is located at:
985 Hellyer Ave., San Jose, CA 95111
Hikers, runners, bicyclists and skaters can enjoy the multiple use paved trail which follows the Coyote Creek south for fifteen miles to Anderson Lake County Park. This asphalt path is relatively flat and meanders along the creek underneath Oak, Cottonwood and Sycamore trees. This is a popular trail, frequented by visitors of all ages. Rest areas are provided, but water is not available. There is limited water at Blossom Hill Road.
A one mile self guided nature trail is also located along the Coyote Creek and provides insight on the local flora, fauna and wildlife. A visitor center/ranger office with natural history displays is located near the entrance to the park.
First-come, first-served family picnic areas are available year round and are limited by ordinance to 30 people. Group picnic areas are available by reservation. Also located within the park is an Olympic-size velodrome. This open air, banked, concrete bicycle racing track is used to stage professional and amateur bicycle events.
Fishing is permitted year round at Cottonwood Lake and during fishing season in the Coyote Creek.
Hours and Fees
The park is open year-round from 8 a.m. until sunset. Vehicle entry fees are collected year-round. Fees are required for vehicle entrance, and for use of group picnic areas. Fees are posted at the entrance station.
The majority of the Park's facilities meet those standards established by the Americans with Disabilities Act. There is one fishing platform on Cottonwood Lake to accommodate visitors with mobility impairments. For other specific information or special accommodations, contact the park office.