Chico Seed Orchard

A bridge among lush green trees in the Chico Seed Orchard
The Chico Seed Orchard (Photo: Explore Butte County)

The Chico Seed Orchard began its life in 1904 and is still going strong. While its primary purpose is to provide seed to enhance reforestation efforts and promote gene conservation, it also makes for a wonderful recreation spot. Bird watchers will love its convenience, people traveling with dogs love it as a great place for an on-leash walk, and there’s an accessible 1-mile nature trail that provides a self-guided tour of the orchard. A beautiful piece of Chico history, the Seed Orchard is a must-stop for nature lovers.

HOURS: The main drive-in gate on site is open from 7am to 3pm Monday through Friday, except on holidays. 

The pedestrian gate is open seven days a week, except on holidays, from 7am to 7pm from March 1 through October 31.  From November 1 through February 29, the pedestrian gate is open daily, except on holidays, from 7am to 5pm. Visitors are not allowed on the property after dark.