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Middle Harbor Shoreline Park

Driving past the countless semi trucks that barrel around Oakland’s busy port and its giant steel-limbed gantry cranes, I was convinced I would never find Middle Harbor Shoreline Park. Just as I was about to give up, the salvaged mast of the USS Oakland, an anti-aircraft cruiser decommissioned in 1949, welcomed me to the park’s east entrance. This 38-acre...
Driving past the countless semi trucks that barrel around Oakland’s busy port and its giant steel-limbed gantry cranes, I was convinced I would never find Middle Harbor Shoreline Park. Just as I was about to give up, the salvaged mast of the USS Oakland, an anti-aircraft cruiser decommissioned in 1949, welcomed me to the park’s east entrance.

This 38-acre landscaped green space, the site of the Navy’s Pacific Fleet supply center from World War II until 1998, lies in the midst of the vast industrial landscape of an active container seaport. The Oakland’s mast heralds the park’s many historical maritime features, including bollards for tying up ships, pier remnants, and the outlined footprint of the Navy’s four-acre warehouse. Other features include a sandy beach, an amphitheater, a large restored salt marsh, and nearly three miles of wide, level trails that weave through the park.

At the park’s center is Point Arnold, a 16-acre grassy peninsula with a wharf (44-inch railings), an accessible viewing telescope, and picnic sites.

Trail/Pathway Details

Bay Trail

Trailhead: Numerous locations throughout the park

Length: Over 4 total miles

Typical Width: 4 ft. & above

Typical Grade: Level

There’s only one gentle grade, to the observation tower.

Terrain: Firm

Trails throughout have eroded and are rough in places. Don’t expect a smooth ride.

Description

You can explore the shoreline and inland areas of the park while learning about the site's history, its environmental resources, and the adjacent maritime activities from the interpretive panels scattered throughout. For great views as well as an overview of the park, begin your exploration at the observation tower at the park’s southern end. It’s best to follow...
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Accessibility Details

The facilities listed below meet all of our access criteria unless otherwise noted.

Several lots, all reachable from either Middle Harbor Rd. or Seventh St., have accessible spaces, including the one at the southernmost end of the park road. Restrooms (open during staff hours) are west of the Oakland’s mast near the east parking lot, and on the ground floor of the Mole’s observation tower.
Several are at the park's center; one is on the pier

Other Things of Interest

Nearby Port View Park juts into San Francisco Bay on a man-made peninsula. This little park, once a railway terminus, provides great views of operations at the nearby Port of Oakland Seventh Street Terminal, and you can fish here without a license. Just west of the parking lot is the “Room With a View” exhibit in the train tower, where railway personnel once directed traffic. A wheelchair lift takes you up to the second story, affording fantastic views of the port, the Bay Bridge, and both downtown Oakland and San Francisco, which are about equidistant from the pier. Take a look at the exhibit, too, where you will learn about Oakland’s role in the Bay Area's development.
View of Yerba Buena Island and Bay Bridge
View of Yerba Buena Island and Bay Bridge (Bonnie Lewkowicz)

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  • bicycling
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • particularly good for families
  • picnic
  • wildlife viewing

Additional Information

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Website: www.portofoakland.com/maritime/middleharbor.aspx
Managing Agency: Port of Oakland
Address: 2777 Middle Harbor Rd.
Nearest City: Oakland
Phone: (510) 627-1634
Hours: 7 am-10 pm
Fees: None
Dogs: On leash
Public Transportation: AC Transit
Reviewed by Bonnie Lewkowicz, September 12, 2014
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