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Miller Knox Regional Shoreline

This shoreline park, with adjacent Keller Beach, is a fine place for a family outing. It's mostly flat, open, and easily accessible. Its main features are a shallow saltwater lagoon, where many waterfowl feed and nest, and the wide, asphalt path that meanders for a mile around it. The shore of the lagoon is dirt, and when it’s dry, a...
This shoreline park, with adjacent Keller Beach, is a fine place for a family
outing. It's mostly flat, open, and easily accessible. Its main features are a shallow
saltwater lagoon, where many waterfowl feed and nest, and the wide, asphalt path that meanders for a mile around it. The shore of the lagoon is dirt, and when it’s dry, a wheelchair can easily get to the water’s edge. Swimming and wading are not allowed.

Keller Beach, at the park’s north end, is much less accommodating, but it’s worth the effort if you want seclusion, views, and to get close to the beach. A sidewalk follows Dornan Drive north from Miller/Knox to the pedestrian entrance to the beach. There an asphalt path leads very steeply down from the road to several tree-lined terraces that overlook the beach and the Bay. Considerably higher than the beach, the terrace offers a good view of Angel Island and San Francisco. From here the path travels steeply down to the compact, sandy beach.

Immediately south of the park is Ferry Point Pier, where you can take an asphalt path to the water to see remnants of a pier and pump house. From the early 1900s to the late 1960s, this was the western terminus of the Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe Railroad. From here barges and ferries took railcars, freight, and people to ferry slips at San Francisco’s China Basin and Pier 43. Fishing is allowed here.

Trail/Pathway Details

Bay Trail

Trailhead: Canvasback picnic area and Ferry Point

Length: Under one mile total

Typical Width: 4 ft. & above

Typical Grade: Level

Terrain: Hard

Description

To reach Ferry Point from Miller/Knox, follow the asphalt path south past the Canvasback picnic area. Railroad tracks and a chain-link fence separate the park from the Bay, but you still have great views of the Richmond–San Rafael Bridge, Angel Island, and Mt. Tamalpais. The wind can be brutal here. As you approach Ferry Point, the asphalt path continues left to the parking lot, or you can turn right onto the dirt and gravel path and continue to the wharf.

Accessibility Details

The facilities listed below meet all of our access criteria unless otherwise noted.

All lots have accessible spaces. For closer access to Keller Beach you can park on Dornan Dr., but there are no designated accessible spaces.

Accessible Restroom: Yes

Miller/Knox’s four accessible restrooms—two at the north lot, one at the south lot, and one at the Pintail picnic area by the lagoon—have no sinks. An accessible restroom with a sink is at the Ferry Point parking lot.
Barbecue grills and picnic tables on packed dirt are scattered among
clusters of trees in the park

Other Things of Interest

Across from the park, at the Golden State Model Railroad Museum, you can see three model train layouts covering 10,000 square feet. It's closed in winter; check the website for hours.

Reviewed by Bonnie Lewkowicz, January 3, 2015

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  • bicycling
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • particularly good for families
  • picnic
  • swimming

Additional Information

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Website: www.ebparks.org/parks/miller_knox
Managing Agency: East Bay Regional Parks
Address: 900 Dornan Dr.
Nearest City: Richmond
Phone: (888) 327-2757
Hours: 5 am-10 pm
Fees: None
Dogs: On leash
Public Transportation: AC Transit

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