Oyster Bay Regional Shoreline

  • Picnic
  • Accessible Restrooms
  • Accessible Parking
  • Hiking

Features

  • Picnic
  • Accessible Restrooms
  • Accessible Parking
  • Hiking

Information

Website:
visit link
Address:
North end of Neptune Dr.
Region:
San Francisco Bay Area
Phone:
Info: 888-327-2757
Hours:
5 am-10 pm
Dogs:
On leash
Last Visited:
August 2022
This 196-acre bayside park built on a former landfill is peaceful despite the proximity of Oakland International Airport. It’s a good spot to watch northern harriers and white-tailed kites, as well as the bigger birds—jets—approaching the airport. An expansive lawn by the picnic area is a good place for tossing a Frisbee or flying a kite. Pick up an interpretive trail guide at the park signboard or just explore the paved 1.5-mile shoreline trail on your own. In late spring, painted lady and swallowtail butterflies frequent the mustard and fennel growing on the hillsides. Across the Bay is San Bruno Mountain; to the south you see Coyote Hills and the San Mateo Bridge. An318-hole disc golf course opened in December 2021.

Future plans include a new parking area and restroom3within the park3at Neptune Drive.

Trails and Pathways

Trail:
Bay Trail
Trailhead Location:
North end of Neptune Dr.
Trail Length:
2-4 total miles
Typical Width:
4 ft. & above
Elevation Change
45 feet
Typical Grade:
Mostly gentle
Typical Terrain:
Hard
Trail Overview: ** This trail was explored using a rear-wheel motorized wheelchair.

From the trailhead, you climb a long, gentle hill for several hundred yards to a fork. There you can veer right and travel uphill to a picnic area, where a dirt trail travels inland, or continue on the smoother paved shoreline trail, as I did. The shoreline trail continues to wrap around the hillside to a spur that takes you to Roger Berry’s metal sculpture “Rising Wave.” This is a good place to enjoy views of the Bay, San Leandro Marina, and the airport’s control tower. You’ll need to retrace your route to reconnect to the perimeter trail; the other dirt trails from here are too steep to navigate in a wheelchair. Back on the shoreline trail, birdsong and the sound of water lapping against riprap draws your attention.

The trail curves inland toward a small bay that separates the park peninsula from the airport. You’ll soon come to the Bill Lockyer Bridge (railings are 54” high but are slatted so you can see through them), which crosses the San Leandro Slough and travels a half-mile past a golf course to dead-end at the BART station for the Oakland Airport. The noise from the trains will likely be very loud. The Bay Trail then travels in either direction, parallel to Airport Drive. The stretch from the bridge to the dead end is more of a connector route for cyclists than an enjoyable extension of the shoreline trail. If you continue on the perimeter trail instead of crossing the bridge, the asphalt ends and you can turn right and continue on a compacted dirt and gravel road another.7 miles to close the loop, or turn back and retrace your route.

More Info: Once you get past the initial uphill stretch, the perimeter trail is level until you reach the dirt and gravel road where there are gentle slopes. The inland trails have some slopes that are greater than 1:12 (a typical ramp slope). The last .7 miles is firmly packed dirt and gravel.

Accessibility Features

The facilities listed below meet all of our access criteria unless otherwise noted.
Accessible Parking:
Yes – designated accessible parking, firm, level or slope no greater than 2%;

Plentiful street parking on Neptune Dr. Vans with lifts or ramps should park on the west side of the street, where there is a sidewalk.


Accessible Restroom:
Yes – An accessible vault toilet is at the first trail junction uphill to the right to the picnic area. There is no sink.  

Accessible Picnic Table:
Yes – firm & stable path to tables, firm & stable surface, 27" or greater knee clearance; Tables near the bathroom are very high, including one that has no benches attached. More are scattered along the inland trail to the Rising Wave sculpture.

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