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Contra Costa County

Contra Costa County's shoreline extends from the East Bay city of Richmond north and then east along San Pablo Bay, the Carquinez Strait, and Suisun Bay. For many years, Richmond's stretch of shoreline was used primarily for industry—including, during World War II, the Kaiser shipyards—as well as for railroad transport and garbage dumps. Now you can spin along it for many miles on the Bay Trail, enjoying expansive views and passing wetlands, parks, housing complexes, and historical sites along the way, including the Rosie the Riveter World War II Home Front National Historical Park.

If you have a dog or simply like them, be sure to check out Point Isabel Regional Shoreline, a 23-acre park in Richmond where dogs are allowed off leash. Further north, on Point Richmond, you can fly kites at the open, often windy, Miller/Knox Regional Shoreline. The park's lagoon attracts egrets, herons, and resident Canada geese.

The meandering Bay shore north of the Richmond–San Rafael Bridge to the Carquinez Bridge is filled with unsightly oil refineries and chemical plants, but has some worthy destinations. At Landfill Loop and Wildcat Marsh trails you can travel the riprapped shore of San Pablo Bay, where birdwatching is plentiful. Among the sweeping grasslands and eucalyptus groves at Point Pinole Regional Shoreline, one of the largest waterfront parks in the Bay Area, you will find marshlands, picnic areas, trails, and a fishing pier.

Along Carquinez Strait lies Martinez Regional Shoreline, a wildly popular waterfront park at the edge of historic downtown Martinez. A short loop trail around a pond offers excellent birdwatching and connects to paths leading to a fishing pier and marina.

 

 

Point Pinole Regional Shoreline
Point Pinole Regional Shoreline (Dan Hill)
Point Pinole Regional ShorelineWildcat Marsh & Landfill Loop TrailBay Trail: Point Isabel to Shimada Friendship ParkRosie the Riveter WWII Home Front National Park
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