Bay Nature Parks List

We've got maps and directions to over 400 great Bay Area nature parks, from Monterey to Mendocino, from San Francisco to Solano!

Acalanes Ridge Open Space Preserve

167 acres, managed by Walnut Creek, City of, Contra Costa County

Agate Beach

A great beach for walking and beachcombing, on the ocean side of Bolinas. Very low tides expose Duxbury Reef, among the largest shale reefs in North America, making this one of the region’s top tidepooling spots.

14 acres, managed by Marin County Open Space District, Marin County

Alameda Creek Regional Trail

The 12-mile long multi-use Alameda Creek Regional Trail hugs both banks of Alameda Creek from the mouth of Niles Canyon in the east, to San Francisco Bay at its western end. The south bank trail provides access to Coyote Hills Regional Park on the Bay. The south bank trail is designated for use by pedestrians […]

667 acres, managed by East Bay Regional Park District, Alameda County

Alameda National Wildlife Refuge

The most successful least tern nesting colony in California thrives on what remains of an old runway at this former Naval Air Station. A portion of the former air station has been proposed as a new national wildlife refuge, but realization of the proposal has been thwarted by bureaucratic obstacles.

1014 acres, managed by United States Fish and Wildlife Service, Alameda County

Alcatraz (GGNRA)

Everyone knows this island in the Bay for its prison, but did you know it’s home to historic gardens and refuge to several kinds of breeding seabirds?

22 acres, managed by National Park Service, San Francisco County

Almaden Quicksilver County Park

During early spring, the Almaden Quicksilver Park offers a spectacular wildflower display, and the remnants of the mercury mining era offer a glimpse into the mining operations of the 19th century. Native Americans once lived in these beautiful hills. Mercury was actively mined here for over 200 years and the park was once home to […]

4153 acres, managed by Santa Clara County Parks and Recreation Dept., Santa Clara County

Alston Park

163 acres, managed by City of Napa, Napa County

Alto Bowl Open Space Preserve

This ridgeland between Corte Madera and Mill Valley was once proposed for a housing development, but was preserved and added to the Marin County Open Space District through the efforts of local residents. The sight of horses peacefully grazing on this grassy knoll known as Horse Hill is one familiar to many Marin residents. Many […]

92 acres, managed by Marin County Open Space District, Marin County

Alum Rock Park

The first municipal park in the state, Alum Rock Park is nestled in the foothills of the Diablo Range and provides miles of hiking trails not far from busy downtown San Jose. The park’s peaceful acres offer trails for hiking, biking, and horseback riding; picnic areas and barbeques; children’s play lots and sand volleyball courts; […]

598 acres, managed by San Jose, Santa Clara County

Trails

Alviso Marina County Park

This small park is a great access point to the much larger Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge and to the southern end of San Francisco Bay. The boat launch is great for kayakers or small-craft boaters to go out among salt marsh and see lots of birds, especially in fall and winter, when […]

19 acres, managed by Santa Clara County Parks and Recreation Dept., Santa Clara County

Anderson Lake County Park

This seven-mile long reservoir is popular for power boat enthusiasts, bicyclists, equestrians, picnickers, and nature lovers.

3144 acres, managed by Santa Clara County Parks and Recreation Dept., Santa Clara County

Angel Island State Park

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 […]

771 acres, managed by California Department of Parks and Recreation, Marin County

Annadel State Park

Bordering the eastern edge of Santa Rosa, Annadel has hiking, mountain biking, and horsebackriding, and wildflowers grace its hills abundantly from early spring to early summer. This 5,000 acre park has 35 miles of trails over rolling hills, intermittent streams, meadows, redwood groves, and oak woodlands, All but one trail are multi-use. Cyclists adore the […]

5105 acres, managed by California Department of Parks and Recreation, Sonoma County

Ano Nuevo State Park

The Ano Nuevo Reserve hosts North America’s largest colony of elephant seals. Some are here year-round, but winter is the time to see thousands of giant seals in one place. Winter brings lively battles between males for mates, and spring and summer is molting season. During the breeding season, December 15 through March 31, daily […]

1256 acres, managed by California Department of Parks and Recreation, San Mateo County

Anthony Chabot Regional Park

Anthony Chabot Park offers picnic areas and miles of beautiful hiking, riding, and bicycling through grasslands, chaparral, and eucalyptus groves or along the shore of Lake Chabot. The East Bay Skyline National Trail runs through the length of the park. Trails here include a a 12-1/2 mile mountain bike loop and an 8-1/2-mile hiking loop, […]

5078 acres, managed by East Bay Regional Park District, Alameda County

Trails

Antioch Dunes National Wildlife Refuge

The remnant sand dunes at Antioch Dunes National Wildlife Refuge provide the only remaining home for for several species including the Lange’s metalmark butterfly, Contra Costa wallflower and Antioch Dunes evening primrose. During a dry interglacial period some 140,000 years ago, a network a sand dunes extended from the San Joaquin River to the Mojave […]

71 acres, managed by United States Fish and Wildlife Service, Contra Costa County

Antioch Regional Shoreline

Pier fishing is the main attraction of this park on the southern shore of the Delta. The park’s 550-foot long pier was constructed on the remains of the old Antioch Bridge. Fish species caught here include striped bass,sturgeon, steelhead, salmon, largemouth and smallmouth bass, Sacramento pike,channel and white catfish, and starry flounder. There is a […]

6 acres, managed by East Bay Regional Park District, Contra Costa County

Ardenwood Historic Farm

Come learn about the agricultural practices of California in the late 19th century at this historic working farm at a preserved country estate. Daily farm activities change with the seasons. Park features include the original ranch house, a Victorian garden, farm animals, a working blacksmith shop, and a horse-drawn train.

203 acres, managed by East Bay Regional Park District, Alameda County

Armstrong Redwoods State Natural Reserve

Walk among ancient giants at this redwood park just north of the Russian River. The 805 acres of Armstrong Redwoods were set aside as a preserve by mega-logger Colonel James Armstrong, surely one of the few 19th-century timber barons who recognized both the beauty and the board feet in California’s redwood groves. The park has […]

729 acres, managed by California Department of Parks and Recreation, Sonoma County

Austin Creek State Recreation Area

A paradise for the hiker and equestrian, this rugged park of open woodlands, steep hills, and grassy meadows provides a contrast with the dense, primeval redwood forest of the adjacent Armstrong Redwoods state Natural Reserve. Though daytime temperatures at Austin Creek State Recreation Area can reach 100 degrees in the summer, deep tree-lined ravines cooled […]

5525 acres, managed by California Department of Parks and Recreation, Sonoma County

 
 
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