East Bay Regional Park District Paved Trails
Hit flat and accessible park district pathways and trails for easy bicycling.
Crown Memorial State Park
Photo by Pat Mazzera
East Bay residents are lucky to have so many parks within the East Bay Regional Park District, which maintains a sprawling system of paved trails. Most are fairly flat with easy access and thus make for gentle bike rides. Here’s the 411 on some paved regional trails worth pedaling. Find maps and more details at www.EBPARKS.org/activities/biking/paved.
Alameda Creek Regional Trail, Fremont: A double trail along Alameda Creek from Niles Canyon to the bay. The 11-mile trail on the southern bank is good for bicycles.
Alamo Canal Regional Trail, Dublin: This trail goes from the Iron Horse Trail in Dublin, just south of Amador Valley Road, to Interstate 580 near the Civic Center and Library. At the library, it connects to the Centennial Trail and continues south about 1.75 miles to the Arroyo Mocho Trail just south of West Las Positas Boulevard and southward to the Arroyo Del Valle Trail.
Big Break Regional Trail, Oakley: A 2.75-mile portion is complete from the Marsh Creek Regional Trail west to Big Break Road in Oakley and provides access to the visitor center and views of the delta.
Contra Costa Canal Regional Trail, Contra Costa County: This 13.5-mile trail connects Martinez, Pleasant Hill, Walnut Creek, and Concord. From Muir Road in Martinez to Concord at Willow Pass Road east of Sixth Street, it follows the Contra Costa Canal and intersects the Iron Horse Trail in Walnut Creek.
Coyote Hills Bayview Trail, Fremont: This 4-mile loop with rolling hills circles the park along San Francisco Bay at the Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge.
Crown Memorial State Beach, Alameda: Follow the shoreline on this a 2.5-mile trail that hooks up with a bicycle drawbridge onto Bay Farm Island.
Delta de Anza Regional Trail, East Contra Costa County: This is a 19-mile trail that links Concord, Bay Point, Pittsburg, Antioch, and Oakley, and a good starting point is Antioch Community Park in Antioch.
Iron Horse Regional Trail: This 26-mile gem, complete with mild rolling hills, ties together Pleasanton, Dublin, San Ramon, Danville, Walnut Creek, Pleasant Hill, and Concord passing over creek sand pedestrian bridges.
Lafayette-Moraga Regional Trail: This popular 7.7-mile trail parallels St. Mary’s Road through Moraga and into Lafayette. Its western terminus is at EBMUD’s Valle Vista staging area. It continues northeast to a staging area at Pleasant Hill Road and Olympic Boulevard in Lafayette.
Marsh Creek Regional Trail, East Contra Costa County: This 9.2-mile trail connects Brentwood and Oakley and goes from Concord Avenue in Brentwood north through Creekside Park onto Big Break Regional Trail and the Big Break shoreline in Oakley.
Redwood Regional Park, Oakland: A mile through a beautiful redwood forest near the Canyon Meadow Staging Area (Redwood Gate entrance). It’s a 2-mile out-and-back along the Stream Trail.
The San Francisco Bay Trail
Eastshore State Park, Richmond: This section is 2.5 miles along the Hoffman Marsh from Marina Bay in Richmond to Central Avenue near Point Isabel.
Martin Luther King Regional Shoreline, Oakland: There are more than 5 miles of trails along San Leandro Bay, San Leandro Creek, and Arrowhead Marsh.
Oyster Bay, San Leandro: A 2-mile trail circles the park at the end of Neptune Drive off Marina Boulevard.
Hayward Regional Shoreline, Hayward: More than 7 miles of compacted gravel walkways. Follow the S.F. Bay Trail from the staging area at the end of Grant Avenue to Hayward Shoreline Interpretive Center (about 5 miles one way).