Just north of the Santa Barbara Mission
rustic park gives a real taste of what this area must have looked
like before it was settled. The trees are lush and towering and the
ground is strewn with boulders. This is a popular park for
picnics, in large part because it is centrally located between the
Mission and the Natural History Museum. Mission Creek runs
through the park and since it is spring fed is active all year long.
From the 101 take the Mission exit and turn towards the mountains.
Follow Mission until the end and turn left. At Los Olivos turn
right. At the fork in the road bear to the left.
Continue until you get to the signs for Rocky Nook and turn right
into the park.