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Every Kid in a Park. Initiative that gives every U.S. 4th grader and his or her family free access to 2000+ federally managed lands and waters. Educators can also participate.
Joseph D. Grant County Park - Site # 99
Hikers and equestrians have access to an extensive 52-mile trail system.
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Entrance to Joseph D. Grant County Park. Information display. The lake at Joseph D. Grant County Park Kayaking on the Lake. Reflection from calm waters. Wild Turkeys.

Background: Great blue herons wade in the shallows of Grant Lake, the largest of four ponds at this urban woodland park. Wintering bald eagles fish amoung scaups, ring-necked ducks, and other divers, dabbling ducks forage in the shallows. Bobcats and raccoons leave tracks on the shoreline, where vegetation hides California towhees, red-winged blackbirds, and California quail. Wet meadows offer summer views of western meadowlarks, wild turkeys, and black-tailed deer. White-tailed kites, red-tailed hawks, golden eagles, and northern harriers are also common.
Joseph D. Grant Ranch House site is open to the public at specific dates and times, see www.parkhere.org then click Park Activities.

The Habitat: Valley Oak Savanna (40%), San Felipe Creek riparian corridors and tributaries (10%), Black Oak Woodland (10%), Coast Live Oak Woodlands (10%) and annual grasslands (15%), freshwater wetlands (5%) and shrublands (10%)

The Experience: Joseph D. Grant County Parks has exceptional ecological value as it is home to many listed species and designated as critical habitat for the California Red-legged frog. The Park has diverse habitats and provides a home and breeding area for many wildlife.

Wildlife and Where to Find It: Trails

Viewing Tips: Wading birds, songbirds, and birds of prey are seen year-round, high probability of seeing songbirds and birds of prey in spring. Look for waterfowl from September to mid-March. Visitor Center.

Site Notes: Explore and wander through the Rose Garden and grounds of the Joseph D. Grant Ranch House. Check the Santa Clara County Park website (www.parkhere.org) for times and dates when the house is open to the public. While at Joseph D. Grant County Park explore the diverse natural communities the park has to offer.

Nearby Viewing Sites: City of San Jose, Alum Rock Park

Festivals & Events: 

Visitor Information: San Jose Convention & Visitors Bureau - (408) 295-9600 - http://www.SanJose.org
Viewing Site Hours of Operation are:
Staff On-site: Yes
Open: Sun,Mon,Tues,Wed,Thur,Fri,Sat
Hours: 8 AM to sunset
Year Round: Yes
Seasonal: Trails on the North side of Mt. Hamilton Road are closed when wet. See website or call for current conditions.

Road Information:   Paved. 
Road Hazards: No
 Number of Parking Spaces: 300
Parking Fee: Yes
Proximity to viewing area:less than 3 miles
 Pull-Through Parking: No
Parking Notes: 

How to Get There: From Highway 680 or Highway 101 near San Jose, take Alum Rock Avenue east to Mount Hamilton Road and turn right. Drive 8 miles to park entrance.
 

Contact Information
Managing Agency: Santa Clara County Parks
Agency Site URL: http://www.parkhere.org
Physical Address:18405 Mt. Hamilton Road
San Jose, CA 95140
Mailing Address:298 Garden Hill Drive
Los Gatos, CA 95032
Manager Phone:408 355-2200 Contact Us:by Email
Site Phone:(408) 274-6121
County: Santa Clara
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