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The Kern River Parkway is primarily a natural preserve in Bakersfield, California. It runs the length of the Kern River from the mouth of the Kern Canyon to Interstate 5. At 6,000 acres, it is the largest municipal park in the county.


  • Trails: Extensive network of trails for walking, jogging, biking, and horseback riding. The trails offer scenic views of the river and surrounding landscapes.
  • Wildlife Viewing: Opportunities to observe local wildlife, including birds, rabbits, and other small animals in their natural habitats.
  • Picnic Areas: Numerous spots along the parkway with picnic tables and shaded areas, ideal for family outings and gatherings.
  • Fishing: Designated areas along the river for fishing enthusiasts.
  • Parks and Playgrounds: Various parks and playgrounds are located along the parkway, providing recreational spaces for children and families.
  • Kayaking and Canoeing: Parts of the Kern River are suitable for kayaking and canoeing, offering adventurous water activities.
  • Nature Preserves: Portions of the parkway are designated as nature preserves, protecting the local flora and fauna and offering educational opportunities for visitors.
  • Scenic Views: Beautiful views of the river, natural landscapes, and occasional wildlife, making it a popular spot for nature lovers and photographers.

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