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Explore Oakland Outdoors

Life in Oakland is not only scenic but can be good for your mind and body when you opt outside. Venture outdoors to the Oakland waterfront and beyond as most East Bay Regional Park District parks and trails remain accessible for walking, hiking and biking. When visiting, please remember to keep the 6-foot distance, to wear face masks, and to keep dogs on leash at all times. We’ve gathered up a few local spots to welcome the approaching summer season.

Alameda Creek Trail. Alameda Creek is Alameda County’s largest and is home to a host of birds and other wildlife. The south-side trail is recommended for bicyclers, hikers, joggers, and runners. The trail on the south bank provides access to Coyote Hills Regional Park.

Bay Trail. Just 2 blocks from your door at Orion, you can start your bike adventure on the Bay Trail! Whether you want to pedal to lake Merritt, neighboring Jack London Square and explore the network of promenades and trails or pop over to Alameda, your two wheels won’t let you down.

Crown Memorial State Beach. The park features 2.5 miles of beach, bordered by lawns and picnic grounds, with a bicycle trail. The “Memory Lane” self-guided trail leads you from the time California Indians lived in the area through the Victorian era and military history.  The tour is available on your mobile device.

Lake Merritt. Boat, birdwatch, jog or walk the 3.4 miles of beautiful shoreline. Lake Merritt is good for all skill levels. It is extremely family friendly, a great place for a dog walk and is often used by runners and cyclists.

Leona Canyon Regional Open Space. A pristine wooded canyon is protected in this 290-acre parkland near Merritt College in Oakland. The park is an ideal place for hiking, running, biking, dog walking, and similar activities. “Nice little hike, good place to take dogs.” – Emma Fadel 

Martin Luther King Jr. Regional Shoreline. This 748-acre park is elevated above a common city park by Arrowhead Marsh, a small wetland remnant on the edge of San Leandro Bay. Dogs are not allowed in the marsh areas.

Reinhardt Redwood Regional Park. A hidden redwood forest lies off Redwood Road just a few miles over the ridge from downtown Oakland. In addition to a great forest of coast redwoods, the park’s 1,077 acres also contain other evergreens, chaparral, and grasslands.

Roberts Regional Recreation Area. This 87-acre area is known for its lush setting in a grove of fragrant second growth redwood trees off Skyline Boulevard in Oakland. Trail connections from the Roberts area to neighboring Redwood Regional Park make Roberts popular for bicyclists, joggers, runners and hikers.

Township Commons Park. The first park to be constructed in Brooklyn Basin, Shoreline Park has been named Township Commons! This name was chosen in honor of Brooklyn Township, established in Oakland in 1856. The notion of the commons means land or resources belonging to the community as a whole. This stretch of shoreline provides an amazing new community asset along the Oakland Waterfront.

And if you want to venture out a little further – Orion, and Brooklyn Basin as a whole, is extraordinarily connected to public transportation, making it easy for residents to access the city in their preferred method of travel.

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