Kaweah Oaks Preserve, a 344-acre nature preserve, protects one of the last remaining valley oak riparian forests in the San Joaquin Valley. When you walk along the trails at Kaweah Oaks Preserve, you can easily imagine how this area looked before it was settled 100 years ago. More than 300 plant and animal species live, feed or reproduce at the nature preserve, including gray fox, great horned owl, Nuttall's woodpecker, wild grapevines, willow thickets and majestic valley oaks.
In 1983, concerned local citizens who realized the importance of this land partnered with The Nature Conservancy which purchased it for protection. Ten years later, The Nature Conservancy transferred the preserve title to a local conservation organization, the Four Creeks Land Trust, which later merged with two other land trusts to form Sequoia Riverlands Trust. SRT manages Kaweah Oaks Preserve for research, livestock grazing, environmental education and public enjoyment.
If you'd like to visit KOP...
Kaweah Oaks Preserve (KOP) is open to the public year round, sunrise to sunset. This gives visitors added information about the plants and the animals that live here.
Dogs are welcome on a leash and owners must pick up and take away waste.
Please call our office at (559) 738-0211 if you have any questions.
Kaweah Oaks Preserve amenities include parking, picnic tables, trail guides and restrooms.
Sequoia Riverlands Trust is a nonprofit organization that owns and manages six nature preserves including Kaweah Oaks Preserve. It is our mission to keep these beautiful places open for the public. There is no fee to visit our preserves, but we do ask that you donate to help us keep these spaces for generations to come.
Donations can be left in the on-site donation box.
Nature preserve trail guides are provided on site for a requested $3 donation.
Before you visit our nature preserve
SRT's nature preserves protect the area for the plants and animals that live there and for future generations, while allowing for traditional agricultural uses of the land.
Please tread lightly and be respectful of grazing cattle. Remember to bring drinking water and sun protection, wear comfortable shoes and watch for natural hazards, including rattlesnakes and ticks.
SRT prohibits the following on its nature preserves: firearms, audible music equipment, bicycles, fireworks, fishing, hunting, horses and other livestock, fires, and collecting plants, animals or wood without a permit.
How to get to Kaweah Oaks Preserve
KOP is located east of Visalia, California. Travel seven miles east of downtown Visalia via Highway 198. Drive north on Road 182 one-half mile. The parking lot is on the west side of the road. Walk past the gate to enter.