Check out California’s San Joaquin River Gorge Special Recreation Management Area – a great #mypubliclandsroadtrip stop any time of year.
This scenic area straddles the San Joaquin River, just upstream from Millerton Lake State Park Recreation Area and includes lands in Fresno and Madera Counties. Along the San Joaquin River Gorge trails, hikers, mountain bikers and horseback riders can explore several thousand acres of public land. You can spend just a few hours, or the whole weekend.
Sit still and watch the wide range of wildlife that call the Gorge home. During the day, you may come across California mule deer, California quail, Audubon cottontail rabbit, bobcat and more. Late evening brings out the many species of bats, owls, raccoons and other nighttime animals.
Finally, stop by the Visitor Center and learn more about the animals and plants that call the Gorge home. You can even reserve tours for larger groups.