A Visit to Toad Hollow in the City of Davis

Real Estate Agent with GreatWest Realty DRE# 00827565

I have written about this place before. But it had been little more than a couple years since I last visited this tiny spot. This morning, my grandson, Baron and I, had moments to kill while contemplating a small adventure. Because my car was headed west on the freeway 80, it seemed natural to introduce Baron to this place which acts as testament to what the town of Davis is all about.

Known nationally for their Birkenstocks and bicycle riding ways, the citizens also have a penchant for protecting the environment. However, it was during the 1990s, that “famous” Toad Tunnel construction under a new six-lane highway made headline news in the greater Sacramento region, if not nationally, putting Davis on the map. 

“Toad Hollow” occupies a spot where a local amphibian population faced mortal danger while crossing a new six-lane highway after being cut off from their migratory path and ancestral wetlands.  The habits of the local toads were well known by a number of Davis folks, and apprehension grew for the safety of the warty neighbors.  After civic hoopla, remedy was sought for their protection.

$14,000 was eventually spent in 1995, to construct access tunnels beneath the highway, allowing the toads to travel northbound and southbound unharmed to and from the wetlands. Although visiting the site of Toad Hollow won’t rank near the top of anyone’s Bucket List, if you’re in the area, it’s worth seeking it out. 

In the pictures below, you can see the little Toad Hollow village.  To the right of the picture frame, you can see the tunnel, measuring about 12 inches in width, which begins its journey beneath the 6 lanes of highway. 

I understand there was a live cam on the site at one time, but no toads were ever seen entering into or emerging from the tunnel. 

Toad Hollow is located immediately adjacent the Davis Post Office.  The following links provide a little more history, and some direction on getting there!






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Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Real Estate Agent, Top 1% of Lyon Agents
Lyon Real Estate - Sacramento, CA
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No of course they didn't use the man-made tunnels, Myrl. Those toads hopped out on the freeway like they do everyday and were squished.

However, I have indeed stopped at Toad Hollow and I never spied the tunnels, but then I didn't want to get out of my car. So where were you and your grandson headed? I don't think I've met this cute guy.

Oct 06, 2018 06:58 PM #1
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Real Estate Agent, Top 1% of Lyon Agents - We we were headed quickly to no where of any special importance, when a small memory of Toad Hollow flashed in my head.  Thinking it was better than just heading back home, I thought Toad Hollow would be better than nothing.  If you look at the picture, Elizabeth, you will note that tiny 12" circular entrance to the tunnel.  And, no, you haven't met my cute grandson, Baron. . .YET!   However, I want you to know he isn't into older women!

Oct 06, 2018 07:06 PM #2
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

I have heard ot Toad's Hollow and that is where my knowledge ends, so this was really interesting to learn, Endre

Oct 06, 2018 09:59 PM #3
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Franklin, MA
Marketing Agent for The Todaro Team

Good morning, Myrl Jeffcoat this reminds me of a tract of land I had pending that fell through because of the Environment Protection Agency at the time... they found a few spotted salamanders and they were an endangered species... that killed my subdivision...had I known, I would have taken a backhoe and wiped out the place....that was a big subdivision!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Oct 07, 2018 06:08 AM #4
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning Myrl. On an otherwise sad day you made me smile with your photos.

Oct 07, 2018 09:02 AM #5
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Always interesting topic of what you blog about.  Not many places like this around here.

Oct 07, 2018 11:08 AM #6
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Thank you very much, Myrl, for telling us about Toad Hollow. An interesting story.

Oct 07, 2018 11:18 AM #7
Robert Vegas Bob Swetz
Realty ONE Group - Las Vegas, NV
Las Vegas Henderson Homes for Sale

Hello Myrl and this is a very interesting post and have a great week ahead ;o)

Oct 07, 2018 01:15 PM #8
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

I enjoy hearing about the adventures you and your grandson take, so much fun is always had!

Oct 07, 2018 03:15 PM #9
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
RE/MAX Northwest. - Tacoma, WA
Tacoma Washington Agent/Broker & Market Authority!

 A company I worked for in the late 90s had to mitigate a frog crossing and we spent over $1 million on studies and implementation Myrl Jeffcoat 

Oct 08, 2018 09:34 AM #10
Carol Williams
U.S.: I specialize in helping agents who have been in the business 2 years or less create a thriving business. - Wenatchee, WA
"Customized Mentoring & Marketing Services"

Hi Myrl Jeffcoat ,
I love local stories like this.  I hope you and your grandson had a fun adventure together. 

Oct 08, 2018 09:42 AM #11
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Myrl I remember the blog you wrote before and commenting on it.  This has to be a one of a kind

Oct 08, 2018 04:06 PM #12
Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®
Vision Quest Realty - Lewisburg, WV
Lewisburg WV, the go to agent for all real estate

Myrl, sounds like a fun adventure and one your cute grandson will remember.

Oct 09, 2018 09:56 AM #13
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Myrl Jeffcoat - What an interesting place on the map that I never heard of before. I wonder if it's in Rippley's Believe it or not? Thanks for sharing the story. It was fun to read!!!

Oct 10, 2018 02:02 PM #14
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

I love the work that people do to protect the least of the creatures on this earth.

Oct 10, 2018 05:57 PM #15
Debbie Reynolds
Platinum Properties - Clarksville, TN
Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent

Thanks for sharing and glad to know about this little place of interest, Myrl.

Oct 11, 2018 05:44 PM #16
Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Real Estate
John L Scott Market Center - Birkenfeld, OR
"Your Local Expert!" 503-755-2905

Oh, how I wish you'd included this in Travellers in the Rain group, totally *feature worthy*! I love that the "hoopla" brought enough attentiont warrant a Toad freeway. Hopefully it's being used. Loved this! And Baron's a cutie. 

Oct 11, 2018 07:52 PM #17
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