The River Bend trail offers a 1-mile flat windy walk in this riparian habitat. There are a few overlook points that allow visitors to take a peek over the river bends, and part of the trail is ADA accessible. There are a few benches at the junction area with the Gray Fox Trail marking the end of 0.25-mile ADA accessibility,and one has the option to take the extra loop around the 0.4-mile Crow's Loop Trail.
Park policies and hours:
Fishing closed Nov 1st-Dec 31st.
Day use fees: $8
Camp fee: $30
Dogs on leash only in day use area, no dogs on beach
No diving, no life guard at beaches
What to bring:
binoculars, camera, water (~1 liter), snack, bug repellent.
When to go:
Spring/summer would be best for watching plants/roses grow. Spring-Fall would be good time to visit for a cooler walk in the park.
What to wear:
Sturdy tennis shoes would do. Bring a sweater for the cooler temperature in the shade.
What to watch for:
Being a riparian woodland, the area allows sufficient growth of flora and fauna due to the abundance of water -- one would see prominent displays of wild roses, grapes, valley oaks, willows and elderberries. As for animals, if your eyes and ears are fast enough, you may catch a glimpse of brush rabbit, woodrats, birds, foxes and even great horned owls.
The trailhead of the River bend can be accessed near the restroom of the elderberry day use area, it can also be accessed from the hiking-use parking lot side (park at the day use parking area, come back out past the stop sign and make a left into the "authorized vehicles only" area; go all the way down and take another left turn for the trailhead.