Whether you’re a parent with kids, a nature-loving dog owner or just someone who enjoys a scenic walk, McKinleyville’s 48-acre Hiller Park and Sports Complex, next to the 75-acre McKinleyville Land Trust’s Mad River Bluffs, is well worth the visit. This regional park and sports complex has two nicely maintained Little League fields, one Babe Ruth field and a softball field…so grab your mitt and toss a few with the kids! Or recruit a team and join the Coed Wood Bat Softball League. The league is held from early August through September.
The park also has two youth soccer fields, and two collegiate-size soccer fields for match play at all levels. There is also a playground area that consists of two separate age-specific areas. The tot lot is great for the littlest of park-goers, and older kids love to climb and slide on the bigger equipment. Adjacent to the park are plenty of tables for picnicking. Dogs are not permitted in the play area, but are welcome on the network of loop trails that crisscross the recreation area.
Connect to the Hammond Trail, or take a walk through Mad River Bluffs natural area where there are four overlooks above the Mad River and a staircase down to the river bank. Signs along the trails help the nature walker choose a course.