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Lake Los Carneros
Los Carneros and Calle Real, Goleta

This wonderful park is a slice of rural charm just ten minutes out of downtown Santa Barbara.  

The lake features a walking trail that is a favorite with folks trying to get a beautiful walk in during lunch.  There are many office parks nearby, which make this a great mid-day get away.

One of our favorite things about this park is the abundance of life.  There are almost always frogs croaking, birds flitting around and even the rustle of something with four feet nearby.

One way of getting to the park takes you through the Stow House and Railroad Museum, which is a wonderful spot for children who might learn history the fun way. 

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. If you continue past Calle Real, you will find the parking lot to your right.

Facilities: Stow House, Southcoast Railroad Museum housed in the restored rail depot, a 25-acre lake with walkways all around it. Creature comforts are scarce with just chemical toilets and small picnic areas.