Kaweah Oaks Preserve
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Kaweah Oaks Preserve
Kaweah Oaks Preserve, a 322-acre nature preserve, protects one of the last remaining valley oak riparian forests in the San Joaquin Valley. When you walk along the trails at Kaweah Oaks Preserve, you can easily imagine how this area looked before it was settled 100 years ago. More than 300 plant and animal species live, feed or reproduce at the nature preserve, including gray fox, great horned owl, Nuttall's woodpecker, wild grapevines, willow thickets and majestic valley oaks.
In 1983, concerned local citizens who realized the importance of this land partnered with The Nature Conservancy which purchased it for protection. Ten years later, The Nature Conservancy transferred the preserve title to a local conservation organization, the Four Creeks Land Trust, which later merged with two other land trusts to form Sequoia Riverlands Trust. SRT manages Kaweah Oaks Preserve for research, livestock grazing, environmental education and public enjoyment.
What to do if you'd like to visit KOP
Boy scout lends a hand with
our native plant nursery
Kaweah Oaks Preserve (KOP) is open to the public year round. The Sycamore Trail has a digital trail along its path with QR codes (flat black squares on grape posts) that can be read by a smart phone. This gives visitors added information about the plants and the animals that live here.
Dogs are welcome on a leash and owners must pick up and take away waste.
Hours change seasonally.
- Winter: 8am- Sunset
- Summer: 7am-sunset
- Spring/Fall: 8am-6pm
Call our office at 559.738.0211 if you have any questions.
Kaweah Oaks Preserve amenities include parking, picnic tables, trail guides and restrooms. There are four maintained KOP trails, each less than one mile in length.
Sequoia Riverlands Trust is a non-profit organization that owns and manages six nature preserves including Kaweah Oaks Preserve. It is our mission to keep these beautiful places open for the public. There is no fee to visit our preserves but we do ask that you donate to help us keep these spaces for generations to come.
Donations can be left in the on-site donation box.
Nature preserve trail guides are provided on site for a requested $3 donation.
Check the web calendar for public programs.
Before you visit our nature preserve
SRT's nature preserves protect the area for the plants and animals that live there and for future generations, while allowing for traditional agricultural uses of the land.
Please tread lightly and be respectful of grazing cattle. Remember to bring drinking water and sun protection, wear comfortable shoes and watch for natural hazards, including rattlesnakes and ticks.
SRT prohibits the following on its nature preserves: firearms, audible music equipment, bicycles, fireworks, fishing, hunting, fires and collecting plants, animals or wood without a permit.
How to get to Kaweah Oaks Preserve
KOP is located east of Visalia, California. Travel seven miles east of downtown Visalia via Highway 198. Drive north on Road 182 one-half mile. The parking lot is on the west side of the road. Walk past the gate to enter.
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