One of the best things about Knights Ferry Rafting trips are the parks along the way! There are three main parks that you will have access to, as well as two minor parks that you are welcome to stop at if you want a break during your trip!
The first park is at your starting location: Knights Ferry! The Knights Ferry Recreation Area is vast, and offers all kinds of things to see before your trip launches off. The Knights Ferry Visitors’ Center has displays on local wildlife, as well as a history of the area. The old flour mill is a short hike from the put in, as are a number of historic buildings. A 5 minute walk will land you at the Knights Ferry Covered Bridge, which is a beautiful (and large) covered bridge. The Knights Ferry Recreation Area itself has a lot of space, and about a dozen or so picnic spots spread out over a few acres of land. There is a very easy-to-access river boat-launch, and plenty of parking in the area as well. This is the busiest location on the river in the morning hours! Video for Knights Ferry Recreation Area can be found here.
The next large park is at the 4.5 mile mark at Horseshoe Park. This is far-and-away the most popular lunch spot on the river, and for good reason! This beautiful, shaded park provides over ½ mile of riverside access, and has picnic tables, restrooms and BBQ pits! At the very end of Horseshoe Park there is parking and boat launch access as well. Video for Horseshoe Park can be found here.
The end point is another great park on the Stanislaus River Park system. Orange Blossom is a beautifully maintained, spacious park that is a perfect place to wind down after your trip. There are acres of green grass, multiple picnic table locations, restrooms, and again, river access. This is where a majority of trips end and where the shuttle for rafting trips pics up in the afternoon hours. Video for Orange Blossom Park can be found here.