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Where Grant Road Ends, A Farm Lives On

Original post made by Janet Lafleur, Rex Manor, on Jun 13, 2013

Baby goats frolic, piglets squeal, and little children frolic and squeal along with them at Deer Hollow Farm. Nestled in a small valley where the hills open up to Santa Clara Valley, the farm lets visitors imagine farm life in the 1800s on a working homestead with the complete range of livestock, orchards, gardens, tools and historic buildings. The farm and the surrounding Rancho San Antonio Open Space Preserve draw large crowds, so finding a parking spot on a weekend can feel like striking gold.

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Posted by TriFlo
a resident of Blossom Valley
on Jun 17, 2013 at 1:10 pm

Without question, the worst way to get into Rancho is by car. It instantly adds a thick layer of stress trying to find parking, ironically, in a place people go to to DE-stress. I think the best entrance is from Mora, but that involves some climbing that might not be for everyone. The St. Joe's gate is more suited to all abilities.

Lock your bike up at the racks near the picnic tables and walk the trail at dusk for more bunny sightings than you could imagine!

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Posted by Janet Lafleur
a resident of Rex Manor
on Jun 17, 2013 at 2:47 pm

Janet Lafleur is a registered user.

You're right about the entrance on Mora being very steep. It's not only steep on the climb up, but the descent down to the farm is just as steep and there's a lot of loose gravel that make it sketchy.

But the reward is fewer visitors, which means more wildlife. We once came up a tom turkey fully puffed out protecting his hens from a coyote in the grass just below. It was really cool.