The name Coyote Creek Parkway is managed by the Santa Clara County in Central California near Santa Cruz. Coyote Creek Parkway is rightly named as there are coyotes, along with deer, wild turkeys, rabbits, ground squirrels, species of birds, and other wildlife. The parkway is never too far from Coyote Creek, and in some places, it is just a few feet away. What makes this parkway unique is the different types of landscapes you hike through.

There are vast meadows, some of which reach out to rolling hills of the Diablo Range. There are miles of trail that travel through corridors of trees that offer comforting shade during the summer. Sections of the parkway integrate with neighborhoods, giving easy access to those communities. The Coyote Creek Parkway connects with Hellyer County Park, which has picnic tables, Cottonwood Lake, and a children’s playground.


  • Trail length: 15.5 miles
  • Trail type: Paved, Linear
  • Trail rating: Easy to moderate
  • Trail uses: Multi-use
  • Elevation change: Some parts of the trail have >5% grade
  • Pets: Yes, keep on lease         

Accessible Parking + Restrooms

  • Anderson Lake Visitor Center,19245 Malaguerra Ave, Morgan Hill, CA 95037
  • Hellyer County Park, 985 Hellyer Ave, San Jose, CA 95111
  • Coyote Creek Parkway North, Silver Creek Valley Rd, near Piercy Rd., San Jose, CA 95138
Avatar photo Mark Hehir (15 Posts)

In 1996, my Muscular Dystrophy progressed to the point where I needed a ventilator to help me breathe. As in nature, one learns to adapt to their environment and, for me, that meant adapting to the world around me with physical limitations and from a wheelchair. Seeing that there was little information on accessible hiking trails, I began making videos of each trail I visited so I could share with others in wheelchairs. I'm a published writer, composer, videographer, and amateur nature photographer. Life is what you make it. Please visit my blog for more information on accessible trails in the SF Bay Area.

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