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Chitactac-Adams County Park

Published on: 11/17/2014 10:39 AM
Park Info

Plan Your Trip to Chitactac-Adams

Hours of Operation

Open year round
8:00 AM – Sunset


Amphitheater (outdoor); Historic Site; Interpretive Program; Picnicking; Nature Trails


Contact Info

10001 Watsonville Rd.
Gilroy, CA 95020

(408) 323-0107

Senior Park Ranger:
John Heenan 408.335.3293,

Senior Park Maintenance Worker: Jason Ebling 408.314.5186​​

Chitactac-Adams Heritage County ParkWelcome to Chitactac-Adams Heritage County Park. This beautiful and culturally significant 4.3-acre park site is located just minutes from the cities of Gilroy and Morgan Hill. The park features the beautiful Uvas Creek and a wealth of cultural artifacts including bedrock mortars and petroglyphs left by the Ohlone Indians. The park includes a self-guided interpretive walk and an interpretive shelter focusing on Ohlone Indian culture and the Adams schoolhouse which was sited on this property from the 1850s until 1956.

How to Get There

From Highway 101, take the Tennant Avenue exit in Morgan Hill and proceed west towards Monterey Highway. Turn left (south) on Monterey Highway and travel approximately 0.5 mile south to Watsonville Road. Take Watsonville Road west 5.5 miles to the park site which is located on the west side of the road across from the intersection of Watsonville Road and Burchell Road.

adams trailActivities

Chitactac Adams Heritage County Park offers a unique view into the Native American culture of Santa Clara County before and after the arrival of the Spanish. A self-guided interpretive walk around the site, including eight stations with interpretive panels, is supplemented by an interpretive shelter with seven additional panels and displays. The trail panels include photographs and original art covering the Adams School, Ohlone village life, Ohlone buildings, petroglyphs (rock art), Ohlone food processing, natural history of Uvas Creek, Spanish, California and Ohlone culture and petroglyphs and their preservation. Guided school tours and Interpretive programs are offered by staff and volunteer docents. Call (408) 918-7772 for information and schedules.

The site includes portable water and a limited number of picnic tables, but no barbecue facilities are available.

Beautiful tree in this parkHours and Fees

The park is open daily year round from 8am-sunset. Vehicle entry fees are not collected or charged at this park.The self-guided tour and exhibit shelter are accessible all times the park is open. Staff-led programs and group tours are available by appointment for groups of 10 or more. Please call (408) 918-7772 for program information and availability. Teachers packets are available online and materials are available for classroom loan. Go to the "for teachers" page for more information about these and other resources for educators.


In compliance with the requirements of Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 ('ADA'),the Santa Clara County Parks and Recreation Department will not discriminate against qualified individuals with disabilities on the basis of disability in its programs, services, or activities. The Department will make reasonable modifications to policies and programs to ensure that people with disability have an equal opportunity to enjoy our programs, services, facilities, and activities. If you need assistance with an ADA request, please contact our ADA Coordinator.

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