Gilroy is the southernmost city in Santa Clara County and is most-popularly known for its garlic crop and the annual Gilroy Garlic Festival. It is also recognized for its boutique wine production, which takes up most of the city’s western area in the form of family estates. It is nested between the Santa Cruz mountains to the west and the Diablo Range in the east.
While being a part of Santa Clara County, Gilroy is not often seen as an extension of Silicon Valley. It remains a largely agricultural and vinicultural community, though some residents still commute north to tech-industry jobs. In addition to its annual garlic festival, Gilroy is also home to the retail-oriented Gilroy Outlet Mall. Gilroy also offers multiple public schools, a library, and even one college.
Parks + Trails
Nob Hill Trail Park
Try this 3.9-mile out-and-back trail near Saratoga, California. Generally considered a moderately challenging route, it takes an average of 1 h 41 min to complete. This is a very popular area for birding, hiking, and walking, so you'll likely encounter other people while exploring. The best times to visit this trail are March through October. Dogs are welcome, but must be on a leash.
Morgan Hill Community Park
The City of Morgan Hill has a variety of parks and open space areas available to the public to use as well as facilities that can be rented for sports activities, BBQ, and special events. All Morgan Hill park facilities, including the Dog Park, are open from 6 a.m. until 10 p.m. The Skate Park hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Monday-Saturday) and 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sundays.
Coyote Creek Trail
The Coyote Creek Trail is one of the longest trail systems extending from the Bay to the City's southern boundary. At this time, you can access a northern portion of the trail system from Highway 237 Bikeway to Montague Expressway. A short downtown portion travels through Selma Olinder Park. The southern portion begins at Tully Road and extends southward through county jurisdiction and reaches Morgan Hill.