Gibson Ranch provides a regional park experience for residents of the growing suburbs of northeastern Sacramento County and southeastern Placer County. The park was established to preserve a slice of the county’s agrarian heritage, which is fast disappearing under suburban pavement. School children visit to learn about farm life, Civil War reenactors stage historic battles, and equestrians favor the park’s extensive road and trail system. The 300-acre park also includes a large lake, an extensive wetland, and more than a mile of the Dry Creek Parkway. Hikers have several options, including the nearly 3.0-milelong Park Loop, which circumnavigates the park’s boundary; the 2.0 mile out-and-back stroll along Dry Creek; and a short stroll around scenic Gibson Lake. This description focuses on the Park Loop. The many short and level walking options, water attractions, and livestock make this a great destination for families with young children.
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