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Stow Grove
580 La Patera Lane, Goleta

This is a lovely park for an early morning walk.  If there's some ground fog and the sunlight is peaking through the tall trees just right it's almost magical. 

For the most part, this park is very, very shady from its many redwoods, sycamores, oaks and eucalyptus.  There are two open fields, however, so sun-lovers can have their niche, too.  

Some of the picnic areas can seat 200 hundred and the ball fields and playground make it a natural for large family-style gatherings.

Directions: From the 101 exit on Los Carneros, which is about 10 miles west of Santa Barbara. At the top of the ramp turn towards the mountains. At the end of Los Carneros, turn right onto Cathedral Oaks. When you come to La Patera Lane, turn right. The park is immediately on your left.

Facilities: Picnic and barbeque facilities (some quite large), restrooms, softball field, a volleyball court, horseshoe pits and free parking. It fills quickly but there is also on-street parking available.