Brickyard Cove

  • Picnic
  • Accessible Restrooms
  • Accessible Parking
  • Hiking
  • Bicycling


  • Picnic
  • Accessible Restrooms
  • Accessible Parking
  • Hiking
  • Bicycling


598 University Ave., Berkeley, CA, 94710
San Francisco Bay Area
On leash
Last Visited:
March 2022
Brickyard Cove, opened in March 2022, is part of McLaughlin Eastshore State Park which stretches 8.5 miles from the Bay Bridge to Richmond along the coast. It is managed by the East Bay Regional Park District. A decades-long fight to conserve the Bay has transformed this former dumping ground of dirt, trash and all kinds of waste, into a grassland park with 360 degree views of the San Francisco Bay and East bay Hills. 

Trails and Pathways

Bay Trail
Time to Complete:
20 minutes
Trailhead Location:
Parking lot
Trail Length:
Under one mile total
Typical Width:
4 ft. & above
Typical Grade:
Typical Terrain:
Trail Overview: The trail basically circles around a grassy knoll with a few short side trails. On a mild spring day I shared the trail with joggers, cyclists, families, and lots of people walking dogs. It's devoid of trees and large bushes so on a clear day there are unimpeded views of San Francisco, Oakland and the East Bay Hills. From the parking lot I turned left on the paved trail which quickly becomes gravel. The trail veers right to hug an inlet or, if you continue straight a few hundred feet it will dead end. As you approach the water you can turn right to continue circling the knoll or go left to extend your trip another few hundred yards. Look for shorebirds at low-tide.

From the parks entry you can turn left at the sidewak, grab a bite at the small cafe and then continue into the Berkeley Marina or, turn right to cross the pedestrian bridge to Aquatic Park and conitue to Fourth St. where there are several dining options.

More Info: Firm underlayment with gravel. It can be bumpy in places.

Accessibility Features

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

Accessible Restroom:
Yes – Four single-use restrooms with sinks are at the parking lot.

Accessible Picnic Table:
Yes – firm & stable path to tables, firm & stable surface, 27" or greater knee clearance

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