Sites to See in Atascadero

Charles Paddock Zoo

The AZA Accredited zoo is set in the beautiful Atascadero lake Park, and is the perfect place to stop while visiting the Central Coast. The Charles Paddock Zoo is the home to over 100 animals on 5 landscaped acres. Home of rare Indo-Chinese Tigers, Spider Monkeys, Meerkats, and many more unique animals, the Zoo is committed to be “The Central Coast’s Conservation Center.”

Visit with animals, enjoy a picnic in the beautiful surrounding Lake Park or shop for unique souvenirs in the Zoovenier Shop.

Atascadero Veterans Memorial - "Faces of Freedom"

The sculpture is a tribute to the men and women who have served in the United States Military. The statue is a time-line stretching from World War 1 through today’s global war on terror. At the far right of the sculpture and “on point”, is a figure that represents the modern day soldier. The Hero’s Wall and the adjacent Scroll of Honor is a 70-foot curved wall. It consists of nine seven-foot-tall granite and concrete sections with bronze accent sections. The Pathway to Freedom is paved with engraved brick pavers. This memorial was dedicated November 8, 2008 to “All gave some…some gave all”

City Hall Rotunda Building

The City Hall is the heart of the Colony’s culture, education, and economy. The historic building of the Rotunda functions as an exhibition hall, a library, and City offices. It was the vision of an accomplished architect, Walter D. Bliss. He made the building as an icon of the City of Atascadero, using only native clay from the Colonies own brick plant to finish the building.

The building, however, was severely damaged during the San Simeon earthquake on December 22, 2003, relocating all City offices temporarily from the building. This beautiful building is a site to see both inside and out. Visitors can enjoy a guided tour by our docents or just stop by and take a look on their own.

The Pavilion on the Lake

This beautiful park is ideal for business meetings, gatherings or functions, both large and small and is available for variety of uses including weddings, dinners, dancing, assemblies, and conferences.  The Atasacdero Wine Festival is held at this park annually. For more details on the Atascadero Wine Festival, visit their website at:

Hiking and Biking

Hiking Trails

Atascadero Lake Park Trail: 1.1 mile
Usage: Hikers, Mountain Bikes, Joggers, Dogs
Hike Difficulty: Easy

Las Lomas Trails, 2 trails: North .5 miles, South .8 miles
Usage: Hikers, Joggers, Mountain Bikes and Dogs
Hike Difficulty: Moderate

The Jim Green Trail: Distance 2 mile loop
Usage: Equestrians, Hikers, Joggers, Mountain Bikes, Dogs
Hike Difficulty: Moderate, Dirt paths

Stadium Park Trails, 2 trail options: just under 2 miles
Usage: Equestrians, Hikers, Joggers, Mountain Bikes, Dogs
Hike Difficulty: Varies, from Blue Oak being easy to Pine Mountain being Difficult

Juan Bautista de Anza Trails, 2 trail options: North-Round trip loop is approximately 5.8 miles. South 1.7 miles
Usage: Hikers, Equestrians, Joggers, Mountain Bikes and Dogs
Hike Difficulty: Easy to Moderate

For more information call 805-466-2044.

Bicycling Routes

The beautiful rolling hills, lush green pastures, vineyards, horse ranches and back country roads make an ideal setting for cyclists. Both Routes start at the Santa Rosa Road Park & Ride.

Tour of Atascadero, 2 Options:
West Hills Loop 27 Miles, Difficulty: Moderate to Difficult
Short Loop 22.5, Difficulty: Moderate

South Atascadero Garden Farms: 12.7 mile loop, Difficulty: Moderate

North County Farmers Market

California Farmers Markets are the real thing – places where genuine farmers sell their crops directly to the public.

Historical Sites

Atascadero Historical Society ~