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Palo Alto Baylands Nature Preserve

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Great place for a walk, fun with young children

There are miles (50+) of trails on levees out here, and you can walk or bike without worrying about... read more

Reviewed February 3, 2019
Palo Alto, California
Nice place for a wander

Good paths and lovely views. Could do with more signs with information about wildlife and / or... read more

Reviewed January 29, 2019
Manchester, United Kingdom
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East end of Embarcadero Road, Palo Alto, CA 94306
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Reviewed February 3, 2019

There are miles (50+) of trails on levees out here, and you can walk or bike without worrying about cars. Great spot to take young children, as there are often birds to look at and - if you are near the Palo Alto airport -...More

Date of experience: January 2019
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Reviewed January 29, 2019

Good paths and lovely views. Could do with more signs with information about wildlife and / or routes.

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank hansc3101
Reviewed January 13, 2019 via mobile

A much longer trail than I expected through a unique habitat I'm sure birders love. I went on a Saturday evening and there were plenty of people strolling, running, walking their dogs, and biking. Highly recommend for locals that want to take a long walk...More

Date of experience: January 2019
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Reviewed December 31, 2018

This is a pleasant wetland, ideal for taking a relaxed walk and bird watching. We saw several species of birds.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Tom R
Reviewed December 23, 2018 via mobile

We were looking for a relaxing walk and so we took our four year old granddaughter to the Palo Alto Nature Preserve. She loved looking at all the birds and other wildlife. The pathways were simple enough for her to walk and run freely. We...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank ADolores
Reviewed October 8, 2018 via mobile

Signs are displayed around the area describing various plants and historical info about the bay. There are water fountains and portable toilets around ...I found a wheelchair accessible one as well. There is very little, if any, cover....so when it's hot like today (84. at...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed October 2, 2018

I drove over here ahead of a key meeting to compose my thoughts. Surprisingly peaceful even though just off the highway.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank AdrianL76
Reviewed August 29, 2018

Numerous varied habitats near/including tidal marshlands so you can see all sorts of local native flora and fauna (and of course a typical cast of imported ones). It's amazing how much the tides change the appearance of the land and the behaviour of the shorebirds...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Brent T
Reviewed August 8, 2018

This is a beautiful place for a quiet walk. Great opportunity to bring kids to see flying birds, ducks, cranes and even seals! (I saw one there once). There is a cute little nature preserve center (the old sea scouts building). Great for adults, walking...More

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank maryatoz
Reviewed July 9, 2018

You can see migrating birds, pelicans, herons, egrets, and many many other species of birds at this beautiful preserve. Flat hiking trail, stunning views (especially at sunset) and always a pleasant experience.

Date of experience: June 2018
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July 17, 2018|
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Response from Adventurous E | Reviewed this property |
Enter into shoreline park that has paved trails for good portions!
July 17, 2018|
Response from Adventurous E | Reviewed this property |
While sections are paved, most are pebbly and make it rough for thin wheels, bikes ok. The entrance at shoreline has great trails and is part of the Baylands!
June 8, 2018|
Response from govbria | Reviewed this property |
Dogs are allowed on the baylands trails