Coyote Hills Regional Park is one of those places where words don't do justice; its natural beauty is simply indescribable. If you've never enjoyed a hike, run, or ride at this truly stunning park, you must schedule a visit soon.
Comprised of nearly 1,000 acres, featuring miles of undulating trails over rolling prairie hills, and showcasing amazing views of the San Francisco Bay, Coyote Hills Regional Park really is one of the best parks in the Bay Area, and it's terribly underrated.
What Makes It Great
The marshlands and grasslands provide a subtle kind of beauty that you can't fully appreciate until visiting, and the various rock outcroppings and constant views of the bay just add to the show.
Whether cycling, running, or hiking, you've got options. The 3.5-mile Bayview trail affords scenic views of the bay and stunning sunsets. The longer 12-mile Aalmeda Creek Trail is another great option for road runners and cyclists. And then of course, trail runners always have the option of creating their own routes by taking spur trails to the top of Red Hill or to the Marsh Boardwalk, or by simply combining several of these trails into one personalized route. More information as well as trail maps can be found at the link to the right.
Who is Going to Love It
Families will enjoy the many educational opportunities that the park has to offer: from displays and exhibits at the Visitor Center, to naturalist-led birding and wildlife programs, to Native American Archaeological lessons. They'll also appreciate the two large picnic areas, the bird and butterfly garden known as Nectar Garden, and the onsite Wildlife Refuge. If you're looking for a more solitary experience or solid workout, Coyote Hills has you covered there as well.
Directions, Parking, & Regulations
Coyote Hills Regional Park is located at 8000 Patterson Ranch Rd, Fremont, CA 94555. Fees are $5 per vehicle per day and $2 per dog if you have pooches in tow.