Hayward RS and Robert Crown State Beach

Robert W. Crown Memorial State Beach – 5 miles, easy

Esat Bay Regional Parks; california; east bay; robert w crown memorial state beach; san francisco bay area The regional preserve houses a wildlife preserve.

The regional preserve houses a wildlife preserve.

This artificial beach is a great place to enjoy a sunny day with friends and family. The beach is 2.5 miles long with a bike path running the entire length. Kayaking, car-top boats, and SUPs are allowed but there is no official put-in so no boat trailers allowed.

East Bay Regional Park District operates the beach under an agreement with California State Parks and The City of Alameda. There are restrooms, picnic tables, and the Crab Cove Visitor Center and Aquarium. Kids and adults will enjoy looking at the creatures on display at the aquarium. Be sure the check out Crab Cove, just West of the Visitor Center, which is a Marine Reserve designated in 1980.

Esat Bay Regional Parks; california; east bay; robert w crown memorial state beach; san francisco bay area The beach is popular with picnic people. There are also plenty of put-in for kayaks and SUPs.

The lawn provides amble opportunity for picnics.

Starting in the 1880s until World War II, the beach was officially known as Alameda Beach but nicknamed “Coney Island of the West”. Today, the park is more tranquil; birthday parties dominate the North end lawns while bird watchers enjoy the Elsie Roemer Bird Sanctuary at the West end.

Beginning in 1982, the beach was restored. Without natural replacement, erosion was taking away the sand. In order to preserve the public beach, sand was pumped from the San Francisco Bay to the beach. The pumping continues annually as the beach looses approximately 1% of its sand every year; more if there is a major weather event. In 2006, the beach was restored to its 1987 level.

We biked the length of the beach along the bike path enjoying the views of the bay and San Francisco.

Esat Bay Regional Parks; california; east bay; robert w crown memorial state beach; san francisco bay area Sharon takes a rest as we head back to the start.

Sharon takes a rest as we head back to the start.

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Hayward Regional Shoreline – 10 miles, easy

Sharon; california; east bay; east bay regional parks; hayward regional shoreline; san francisco bay area Sharon looks out over the San Francisco Bay towards the Golden Gate Bridge.

Sharon looks out over the San Francisco Bay towards the Golden Gate Bridge.

5 miles of gravel roads provide public access to the marshes and wildlife of the Hayward Regional Shoreline. The shoreline was originally a tidal salt marsh. Human greatly impacted the area for agriculture, salt production, and development. The park is currently in the midst of a long-term marsh restoration project. Aside from views of San Francisco Bay, Mt. Diablo, and Hayward, birds are also a draw as over 200 species migrate through the area.

california; east bay; east bay regional parks; hayward regional shoreline; river; san francisco bay area The S.F. Bay Trail heads away from the interpretive center.

The S.F. Bay Trail heads away from the interpretive center.

The Hayward Shoreline Interpretive Center, operated by Hayward Area Recreation and Park District, is a great place to stop and learn about the wildlife; the staff is very well informed.

california; east bay; east bay regional parks; hayward regional shoreline; san francisco bay area The Hayward Shoreline Interpretive Center has a few books for sale, fish, and informative staff.

The Hayward Shoreline Interpretive Center has a few books for sale, fish, and informative staff.

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For more information and adventure ideas in the area, please visit our page: East Bay Regional Park District