Hayward Regional Shoreline is a top-rated hiking trail with 1,841 acres of nature area. The elevation gain of the trail is 16 feet to 68 feet. The trail s generally considered an easy trail route. The shoreline was formed of salt, fresh and brackish water marshes, seasonal wetlands, and public trails. A 145-acre fresh and brackish water marsh that is unique in that it gets its fresh water from secondary processed wastewater. The marsh is made up of five maintained ponds and 15 islands where several kinds of breeding birds can be found in the trail. A series of weirs, valves, and channels control the flow across the five basins, allowing for significant flexibility in operation, management, and biological study.
Best Hiking Trails in Hayward
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HAYWARD REGIONAL SHORELINE REVIEWS
Great spot to ride bicycles and hike. Generally a flat trail. Surprised by the great cell reception (using T-mobile). Just be careful as some trails lead to dead ends or are too wet to be on. As long as you got google maps, you'll be fine!
Found this place on ebird hotspot.. easy flat hike nice scenery.. have been there couple of times.. seen good variety of birds.. good place of birding and easy hike..
Really fun place for a walk. Lots of glass smoothed out by the sea. Makes for a interesting place to explore.
GARIN/DRY CREEK PIONEER REGIONAL PARKS
Garin/Dry Creek Regional Park is a picturesque regional park situated in Hayward, California. The park offers a variety of easy trails that traverse the scenic tree-covered hills alongside a charming duck pond and a meandering creek. With the merger of the parks, the combined area now spans approximately 5,800 acres of open space and boasts over 35 miles of trails that wind through small valleys and rolling hills, providing panoramic vistas of the stunning Bay Area. Visitors to the park can take advantage of the available grills and picnic tables for outdoor dining and relaxation. Furthermore, the Hayward Visitor Center is home to engaging exhibits showcasing the area's rich ranching and farming history. Within the park, a beautifully restored two-acre garden serves as a habitat for nearly 200 native and exotic species, offering a delightful environment for exploration. Visitors can explore an exciting collection of antique farm machinery that complements the exhibits on display.
Parking $5 per Vehicle (When Kiosk Is Attended)
Trailered $4 per Vehicle
Buses $25 per Bus
Dogs $2 per Dog
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GARIN/DRY CREEK PIONEER REGIONAL PARKS REVIEWS
This is a Hidden gem! We took High Ridge Loop Trail and it offers amazing valley views. A perfect place to take a sunset walk if you are near this park. This trail gets steep once you hike up but overall worth it to see the great views. There are many other trails around this park as well. All trails are well marked.
This was a great place that I had never explored before. I have been to most of the east bay regional parks. The hike was not too strenuous but good enough to get in some morning exercise. The gates didn’t open until 8am and there is a little parking outside the gates. We chose to drive .5 miles back down the road and walk up the hill. Wasn’t too bad of a warm up but it was a climb. I’d like to go back and explore more. Lots of picnic facilities.
Nice place for picnic and barbeque (there is a fire danger depending on the season). There were benches and picnic tables under big tree where you can eat in shade. Can't wait to see how it looks after the rain.
DON CASTRO REGIONAL RECREATION AREA
The Don Castro Regional Recreation Area is a 101-acre urban oasis located in Hayward, CA. The total length of the trail is 1.5 miles in length. The elevation gain of the trail is 95 feet. The trail is generally considered an easy trail route. The trail is loop type. The time taken to complete the total trial is approximately 32 minutes. Hikers can explore the wilderness in miniature, where turtles and frogs splash in the water, ducks rest in the reeds, and raccoons and deer. On a first-come and first-served basis, a beach wheelchair is offered for free. You can enjoy fishing year around. Don Castro Regional Recreation Area is the perfect place for picnics and hiking on the trails. Dogs are allowed on the trail but must be leashed in some areas.
$5 Weekends and Holidays
$4 Per Trailer
$2 Per Dog
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DON CASTRO REGIONAL RECREATION AREA REVIEWS
Don Castro has great easy trails for walking. You can walk around the lake and sit on the benches. The water foul are ducks, blue herons. The picnic areas are clean and so are bathrooms.
Mild shaded hiking trail. lots of trees and lots of photo opportunity. because of covid pools n picnic area were closed but looks like starting friday 11/13th they are opening picnic area. Parking is ample and nice park to spend on sunny days
Spacious park with lots activities available for you and your crew. Swimming-Picnic-Hiking-Cross Country Running. Or just find a tree and chill. $5 to park cash only