Hidden Falls Regional Park, one of Placer County’s most popular recreational destinations, could be in store for a major expansion.

Thousands of acres could soon open up at the park, which would allow the park’s trail network to jump from 30 miles in length to 60 miles.

Hidden Falls Regional Park currently stretches 1,200 acres and is located near both Auburn and Lincoln. Its trails are utilized by hikers, cyclists and equestrians. The park also offers two observation decks, where you can see 30-plus-foot waterfalls, creeks and other natural habitats.

Placer County is currently looking to utilize approximately 2,500 acres of open space near Hidden Falls Park that has been preserved to serve as the avenue for the expansion. In addition, the county if considering purchasing a 50-acre plot of land known as the Twilight Ride property, which is north of Hidden Falls. This expansion could help add parking options for visitors (parking is currently somewhat limited). An estimated 100 parking spots and 40 additional spaces for horse trailers could be added.

Other potential updates may include, but aren’t limited to:

  • Horse watering and hitching posts
  • Horse boarding facilities
  • Potential concessions compatible (bicycle rentals, nature education classes)
  • Picnic Areas
  • Benches

The public will have the opportunity to comment on the expansion project until July 6. There is a public scoping meeting on June 14 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., at 3091 County Center Drive, Auburn.

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