Exploring the Oakland waterfront and beyond is easier than you may think; all you have to do is head to the shoreline and take a trip along the scenic San Francisco Bay Trail.
The San Francisco Bay Trail is a walking and cycling path around the entire San Francisco Bay running through all nine Bay Area counties, 47 cities, and across the region’s seven toll bridges. With over 350 miles already in place, the Bay Trail connects communities to parks, open spaces, schools, transit and to each other, and also provides a great alternative commute corridor.
Connecting with The Bay and nature. Nearly 227 miles of the existing Bay Trail are paved, and 127 miles are natural surface trails of varying widths. In addition to walkers and cyclists, the trail is used by joggers, skaters, birdwatchers, photographers, kite-flyers, wheelchair riders, picnickers, and more.
We will showcase the local stretch of the Bay Trail – Section 10 in Alameda and Oakland. Description taken from the baytrail.org site.
Crown Memorial State Beach • Jack London Square
There is much to discover along the Alameda and Oakland shorelines, including the bay’s largest active port, beaches, historical sites and stretches of trail with delightful views. Beginning in Alameda’s Towata Park at the base of the Bay Farm Island Bridge, enter the Elsie Roemer Bird Sanctuary, stopping to view shorebirds and waterfowl from observation platforms. Continue on 2.5 miles of paved trail along Crown Memorial State Beach, the bay’s largest and warmest beach. Near McKay Avenue, you’ll find the Crab Cove Visitor Center, a great place for kids to learn about the bay with hands-on classrooms in Crab Cove. The Bay Trail traverses Main Street Linear Park on the way to the Alameda Ferry Terminal. Although the city of Alameda has long-range plans for a shoreline trail along the Estuary, to encircle the island you will need to use city streets on the northern, eastern and parts of the western sides. Jump over to Oakland on the Fruit-vale Bridge or the High Street Bridge. The Oakland Waterfront Pathway is a work in progress and can get complicated. The city’s 19-mile waterfront is a dynamic mix of world trade and local industry, old warehouses and modern condominiums, yachts and container ships. Between High Street Union Point Park and Jack London Square, short segments of the Bay Trail are in place providing access to the edge of the Oakland Estuary, but they are not connected. Visit the trail between Fruitvale and High streets, Fruitvale and Park Avenue, Union Point Park, Embarcadero Cove, and Estuary Park. Bike lanes and sidewalks along Embarcadero serve as an inland connection to some of these waterfront destinations. The trail around Lake Merritt is worth exploring, accessible to the Bay Trail only along city streets. There are plans to eventually connect the trails at Lake Merritt with the Bay Trail at Estuary Park. Visit Jack London Square, the public hub of Oakland’s waterfront and learn about its rich history. Take a cruise on the Alameda-Oakland ferry as it runs between Jack London Square, Alameda, and San Francisco’s Ferry Building and Pier 39. To reach Middle Harbor Shoreline Park and Portview Park use bike lanes and sidewalks along city streets and be rewarded with breathtaking views. Continue north to Emeryville along city streets via Mandela Parkway.
The ultimate goal of the Bay Trail is to build a beautiful shoreline bicycle and pedestrian path for all residents and visitors to the region to enjoy. Learn more at their website, Facebook page and Instagram feed.
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