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Rocky Nook Park

Santa Barbara, CA
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Rocky Nook Park, Santa Barbara California


Rocky Nook Park is a peaceful wooded place away from the crowds and the street. The driveway winds up and up, and all along it are private picnic areas. At the top, there's a well-kept small playground with swings. To the right of the playground, there are some huge boulders overlooking a flowing creek. In front of the playground are some large rocks for kids to climb and have a blast. There are plenty of sticks to play imaginative games with. Behind the playground is a short circular hike which is pleasant to do at lunchtime- it only takes about five minutes!
Because it's so secluded, sometimes vagabond types hang out here, and seem to be living in their cars. Come with a friend so you feel safe.
Just around the corner is Santa Barbara Mission- check it out, and enjoy its gorgeous rose garden! For a walk through a beautiful neighborhood, try the Garden Street walk.
If you're hungry, head back past the Mission on Los Olivos Street to State Street, and head north. You'll find a bunch of food places on your right as you hit the commercial area. There's Flavor of India, an Indian restaurant with a delicious lunch buffet and nice outdoor seating under Indian umbrellas, and there's Giovanni's Pizza, with checkered tablecloths, arcade games for kids, and heavy Chicago-style pizza.


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Great boulders for kids to climb on!
Great boulders for kids to climb on!
The playground, which often has some shade around the edges.
The playground, which often has some shade around the edges.
The creek where you can watch tadpoles dart about.
The creek where you can watch tadpoles dart about.
The hike and its twisty trees.
The hike and its twisty trees.


Rocky Nook Park is located at 610 Mission Canyon Rd, Santa Barbara CA 93105.
From Highway 101, exit at Mission St. If coming from the freeway northbound, turn right at the exit. If southbound, turn left. Follow Mission Street for a mile and then turn left on Garden Street. Turn right on Los Olivos and continue straight past the mission. Take the left fork after the mission. The park will come very soon on your right. Go slow so you don't miss it! There's a big wooden sign at the driveway. Don't follow the google directions because they place the park in the wrong spot.
There are restrooms.
Flavor of India, 3026 State St, Santa Barbara CA 93105, call (805) 682-6561.
Giovanni's Pizza, 3020 State St, call (805) 682-3621.

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09/19/2009 20:46
This is a nice short loop hike for a family with kids. The scenery is OK but nothing spectacular. We didn't see any wildlife. It was busy when we walked on a weekend in May. Restrooms and picnic tables were available near the playground.

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