Hellyer park is a 354 acre urban park located in the heart of Santa Clara county's regional park system. It connects to the Coyote Creek Parkway. As a wheelchair user I am interested in places that are accessible to everyone. I visited Hellyer Park with a friend who is a powerchair user and we were able to easily navigate the trails within the park. There is good parking options also and a lot of beautiful scenery around the lake.
The park is located west of the Hellyer Avenue exit along Highway 101. The Coyote Creek Parkway multiple use trail can be accessed at both the Blossom Hill Road and Bernal Road exits off Highway 101. Both trailheads are approximately one-quarter mile from the highway. The multiple use trail can also be accessed near the intersection of Monterey Highway and Metcalf Road. Public transit is available to Hellyer County Park.
There are plenty of spaces for activities of all kinds including biking, hiking, and skating on the multi-use paved 15 mile long trail from Hellyer park along the Coyote Creek to Anderson Lake County Park. Rest areas are provided, but water is not available. There is limited water at Blossom Hill Road.t There is also a one mile self guided nature trail along the Coyote Creek that provides insight on the local flora, fauna and wildlife. A visitor center/ranger office with natural history displays is located near the entrance to the park.
First-come, first-served family picnic areas are available year round and are limited by ordinance to 30 people. Group picnic areas are available by reservation. Also located within the park is an Olympic-size velodrome. This open air, banked, concrete bicycle racing track is used to stage professional and amateur bicycle events.
Fishing is permitted year round at Cottonwood Lake and during fishing season in the Coyote Creek.
The park is open year-round from 8 a.m. until sunset. The vehicle entry fee is 6 dollars.