Over 13 miles of trails and spectacular panoramic views are available to visitors to Angel Island State Park, the biggest Island in San Francisco Bay.
Hiking, bicycling, picnicking, or camping on Angel Island is a great way to get a new perspective on San Francisco Bay.
A fire burned about one half of the island in 2008. Now life is springing back, including some native plants. And many remnants from the 19th and 20th century uses of the island were rediscovered when the overlying vegetation burned, including bottles, buttons, and ammunition cartridges.
The island is steeped in history. It was used by the military during the Civil War, the Spanish-American War, and both World Wars. Angel Island also served as a immigration station from 1910 to 1940, to control the flow of Chinese into the country who were officially excluded by the passage of the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882. The visitor center offers historical information and displays artifacts.
Access to the Island is by private boat or public ferry from San Francisco or Tiburon, with seasonal service from Oakland and Alameda. There is limited weekday ferry service to Angel Island during the winter.