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Palo Alto Baylands Nature Preserve

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Flat easy walk...good for bikers , joggers, bird watchers

Signs are displayed around the area describing various plants and historical info about the bay... read more

Reviewed 9 October 2018
Sharon L
Palo Alto, California
via mobile
A few moments of peace

I drove over here ahead of a key meeting to compose my thoughts. Surprisingly peaceful even though... read more

Reviewed 3 October 2018
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East end of Embarcadero Road, Palo Alto, CA 94306
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Reviewed 9 October 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

Thank Sharon L
Reviewed 3 October 2018

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

Thank AdrianL76
Reviewed 29 August 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

Thank Brent T
Reviewed 9 August 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

Thank franzmaryh
Reviewed 10 July 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.

Thank govbria
Reviewed 6 June 2018

Surprised to have a delicious rueben sandwich close by at Bayland Cafe located by Bayland Golf Course which just opened a week ago(formerly Palo Alto Muni course). Great service and beautiful setting, too!

2  Thank Sterling M
Reviewed 21 February 2018

Lovely space, especially the Duck Pond area. Great walking trails and photo opportunities especially if you are a bird lover. Parking was open but likely due to the fact that I went on a very cold day (for the Bay Area). ;)

3  Thank Adventurous E
Reviewed 23 January 2018

You would never suspect that you were so close to millions of people while you are spending time at the Palo Alto Baylands. This beautiful meeting of land and water is home to lots of wildlife and teeming with birds. There are now new trails...More

2  Thank alemmenes
Reviewed 8 November 2017

The Baylands is one of the best open secrets of the Silicon Valley, located just minutes off of the bustling bayshore freeway in Eastern Palo Alto. While tourists could easily miss this hidden gem, it's worth visiting as it affords open views of the estuary...More

1  Thank John H
Reviewed 27 September 2017

These marshlands are the largest around San Francisco Bay. Hiking, biking, a lake, a restaurant and some of the best bird watching in the state. A true gift.

1  Thank michaelvB9845PS
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18 July 2018|
Response from govbria | Reviewed this property |
Most of the trails are dirt or gravel and not really paved--it's not the easiest for strollers/wheelchairs.
9 June 2018|
Response from govbria | Reviewed this property |
Dogs are allowed on the baylands trails