Kaweah Oaks Preserve, a 344-acre nature preserve, protects one of the last remaining valley oak riparian forests in the San Joaquin Valley. This preserve is open to the public from dawn to dusk, 365 days per year.
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. The Nature Conservancy transferred the preserve title to a local conservation organization, the Four Creeks Land Trust, which merged with two other land trusts to form Sequoia Riverlands Trust's predecessor, Sierra Los Tulare Land Trust, in 2000. SRT manages Kaweah Oaks Preserve for research, livestock grazing, environmental education and public enjoyment.
Kaweah Oaks Preserve is open to the public year round, sunrise to sunset. Dogs are welcome on a leash and owners must pick up and take away waste. Amenities include parking, picnic tables, trail guides and restrooms. There are several trails, each less than one mile in length.
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, glitter, balloons, fishing, hunting, horses and other livestock, fires, and collecting plants, animals or wood without a permit.
Sequoia Riverlands Trust is a nonprofit organization whose mission to keep our preserves open for the public. There is no fee to visit our preserves, but visitor donations help us maintain these spaces for generations to come.
Donations can be left in the onsite secure donation box.
Recommended donation: Non-Members $5 | Members FREE
For information on how to become a member, visit our Donate page.
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.