I love that social media, in this case Instagram, can not only keep you up to date on the goings on of the world, your family, and long time friends but also help you find hidden spots right in your own backyard! I follow several local Instagrammers and love finding fresh new places to visit and also find out more about ones we have already visited. I feel like a tourist in my hometown and love it!
One of my fellow Instagrammers posted a great pic of this place called Flat Rock Park. I hadn’t seen any signs for it or anything on our Sonoma County Parks website…well it’s not officially a park yet. There’s an old sign posted nearby that says it is ‘coming soon’. I am guessing this has fallen through some of the cracks due to lack of funding. Anyway, after seeing this on IG I immediately Googled it (because I really do get that excited about finding new places!) and low and behold it’s just a couple miles from us! We went to check it out on our way out to do some errands and found lots of people enjoying this hidden little gem with their remote control monster trucks, kids playing in the creek and people just hanging out…in a creek…on large flat rocks…in a small piece of what seemed like another world.
We went back to the park yesterday before all the action of the day started and found only a couple ducks and squirrels. Much more peaceful! This is a spot where two creeks meet and eventually flow all through Santa Rosa where the giant rocks are flat and small streams of water run through their cracks. It’s really an interesting place to see unfortunately I don’t think the pics below did it justice.
There’s a small path following the creek that goes up and over boulders and under fallen trees. I imagine come summer the wild blackberries and grasses will be quite large and a haven for little creatures. We walked a short distance to see where the path took us…if we kept going we would have ended up downtown so we turned around and enjoyed the flat rocks and walked around exploring like when we were kids getting excited about all the little things we were finding. Definitely will have to make this a pit stop on our bike rides.
Sonoma County has a ton of wonderful hidden gems and love that the hubs and I are still finding new ones! In your town/city, do you feel like you know all the little nooks and crannies?