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  • a medium sized-river flows between to hillsBig Chico Creek running through Upper Bidwell Park. Photo courtesy of Jeanette Alosi
  • a wood house rests between trees and near California PoppiesChico Creek Nature Center
  • people sit and play near public swimming poolOne-Mile in Lower Bidwell Park is the go-to place to cool down on a hot summer afternoon.
  • two bike riders travel on paved road in green parkCyclists ride through Lower Bidwell Park in the spring. Photo courtesy of Anthony Dunn Photography

Bidwell Park/Nature Center

1968 East 8th Street
Whether you hike through Upper Park, walk through Lower Park, or swim at One-Mile or one of its many swimming holes, Bidwell Park has it all. The 3,618-acre municipal park encompasses both sides of Big Chico Creek Canyon for a full five miles up into the foothills, making it a unique and spectacular feature of Chico. The Chico Creek Nature Center offers educational programs and information on nature and preserving the park.