Ulistac Natural Area and Guadalupe River Levee
This small natural area was reclaimed and has been rehabilitated as a wild space including a meadow, bog, raised levee trail, creek, and groves of varying trees and native plants.
- Ulistac Natural Area is a restored wetland area with groves of eucalyptus, pines, grasses, reeds, and access to the Guadalupe River.
- The area has a butterfly / hummingbird garden with lovely native and local plants.
- The area also has grassland, coastal scrub, oak savannah, riparian woodland, sycamore woodland, and oak woodland regions.
- This area abounds in birds and rabbits, both in the park and along the river.
- Bicycles are allowed.
- There are parks all along the Guadalupe River, either as parts of business parks or adjacent to residences. Thiesman Park, for instance, is Southeast of Ulistac Natural Area, between Guadalupe River Levee and Lick Mill Blvd.
- The Ulistac and Guadalupe Levee trails are dirt, fine gravel, or coarse gravel. They are wide and flat.
- There are numerous placards throughout Ulistac, explaining the biology of the region.
- Ulistac is currently being studied and restored via a connection between City of Santa Clara and Santa Clara University (as well as numerous other volunteers).
- Lick Mill Park has parking, restrooms, benches, play areas, picnic facilities, and ample lawns for relaxing before or after the hike.
- Dogs are allowed on leash.
- No smoking permitted.
- Stay on the trail to avoid ticks and poison oak.
Ulistac's paths are all relatively smooth and flat, and were designed to meet all-access standards. The ramps up to the levee are steeply graded, but are wide and paved, and the paths along the levee are flat and wide.
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