“Ideal for hiking, picnicking”
The East Bay Regional Park District began acquiring land for Black Diamond Mines Regional Preserve in the early 1970s. Today, most of the mining district is within the Preserve's nearly 6,096 acres. The area is an ideal location for hiking, picnicking and nature study. Naturalists conduct a variety of programs relating the Preserve's natural and historic resources. Two ghosts are said to reside here. One is called the White Witch. According to legend, she was executed for being a witch when the children she was caring for all died of illness. The second ghost is Sarah Norton, a woman who was said to have been run over by a carriage. Both women appear in white, so it is thought that they are often confused by those who see them.
How has no one reviewed this place? I've always thought of Antioch as a place you don't go. It's hot. It's dangerous. There's a lot of crime. But I had no idea there was a place there so incredibly beautiful. Honestly this is one of the prettiest places I have ever been. Huge green rolling hills. Flowers in full bloom. Views of everything. There is no bad trail anywhere here. Plus, if you get here during park business hours there is a visitors center which shows the history of the mines. I wish I had seen this before they closed because it looks awesome.
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