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Alameda County

The eastern edge of San Francisco Bay presents many different faces to the visitor. Immediately south of the Dumbarton Bridge, visit Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge to learn about the vast number of birds that travel here along the Pacific Flyway and to hike for miles along sloughs and salt marshes. Just north of the Dumbarton us Coyote Hills Regional Park, where you can learn more about the early inhabitants of the Bay at a reconstructed Ohlone village and shellmound or cruise several miles of paved trails that provide spectacular views of the South Bay salt ponds, East Bay hills, and Alameda Creek.

North of the San Mateo Bridge, the Bay Trail winds on dirt levees through a narrow band of restored marshlands, formerly salt ponds, at Hayward Regional Shoreline. Farther north, marinas and parks are interspersed among industrial areas. Oyster Bay Regional Shoreline and Martin Luther King Regional Shoreline, near Oakland International Airport, offer great bird-watching as well as views of the bigger birds—jets—approaching the runways. The tiny island of Alameda shelters a popular beach and a ramp to tidepools at Robert W. Crown Memorial Beach.

Driving past the countless semi trucks that barrel around Oakland’s busy port and its giant steel-limbed gantry cranes, you’ll find a 38-acre landscaped green space at Middle Harbor Shoreline Park. Past the Bay Bridge, at the Berkeley Marina and César Chávez Park, you can fly a kite or let your dog run off leash.



Coyote Hills Regional Park
Coyote Hills Regional Park (Bonnie Lewkowicz)
Coyote Hills Regional ParkOyster Bay Regional ShorelineDon Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge (Fremont)
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