Trails, woods & river offer pleasant walks

By Dennis Wyatt, Mantec Bulletin

RIPON – You don’t have to travel far for a peaceful woodland stroll along the river.

Ripon’s Stanislaus River Park recreation area is a textbook example of the right way to develop urban access to nature without leaving a city.

Aside from Caswell State Park at the southern end of Austin Road that charges admission, the Ripon recreation area is the closest spot to Manteca to go walking in a natural wooded area by the river without paying or trespassing. It is located just seven miles south of Manteca and visible from busy Highway 99.

The addition of the pedestrian bridge that was imported from Alabama and placed over the Stanislaus River not only opened safer bicycle access to Stanislaus County but created a pleasant stroll for walkers of all ages.

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