Three Bridges Oak Preserve

The Three Bridges Oak Preserve (TBOP) is a 103 acre undeveloped parcel of native vegetation representative of both the mountains and interior valleys of California’s central coast.  It is located approximately two miles west of the city center of Atascadero, California and is bordered on the north by Atascadero Creek and on the south by chaparral and oak woodland.  The Preserve contains predominately native vegetation representing riparian, oak savannah, chaparral, and coastal mountain ecologies.  The Atascadero Land Preservation Society, ALPS, owns the parcel and has partnered with the City of Atascadero to develop both a trailhead and a multi-use trail system open to the public.

During the 1990’s, the property was offered for sale by the Davis family and was championed by ALPS to be purchased as open space land for habitat preservation and passive public recreation.  With help from the Trust for Public Land working as a liaison with the landowner, ALPS received major funding from a California River Parkways Grant along with funds from the California Department of Transportation and purchased the land in 2011.  Realizing the need to open the land for public recreation, ALPS obtained funding in 2013 from a River Parkways grant to establish a trailhead, construct a multiuse trail system, and provide cultural and natural resource informational signage.  Other partners include the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, the US Forest Service, the County of San Luis Obispo, owners of the adjacent Eagle Ranch, and several local land use advocacy groups.  This project will provide a beautiful natural area for day use, protect natural resources, and promote public health.

The trail system and trailhead opened on June 30, 2017.  ALPS spearheaded the overall project and trail construction while the City of Atascadero developed the trailhead as a capital project.

Three Bridges Oak Preserve Resource Files

Management Plan (PDF)   Biological Report (PDF)