Richmond is all about parks.
Brooks Island Regional Preserve: You may only access Brooks Island as part of a scheduled East Bay Regional Park District naturalist tour with over 18 species of birds, salt marsh, Northern Coastal Scrub and Coastal Grassland. The Park District offers two kinds of naturalist-led kayak tours: ‘bring-your-own-boat’ trips and outfitter-led trips. You can reach the Reservations Department at (888) 327-2757, opt. 2 or visit EBParks.org/Register for the current schedule of trips. The island is not accessible to wheelchair users at this time.
Richmond is all about parks. It has a National Park designation, three regional shoreline parks and over 50 city parks of all sizes and personalities.
Richmond’s Rosie the Riveter Memorial Park began as an art/architectural project and the National Park Services became a partner, which led to the designation – Rosie the Riveter/World War II Home Front National Historical Park. The Rosie the Riveter Visitor Center, surrounded by lush green grassy areas, provides access to the San Francisco Bay Trail, marina views and the SF Bay.
There are three wonderful regional parks along Richmond’s 32 miles of shoreline.
Miller Knox Regional Shoreline, located at 901 Dornan Rd in Pt. Richmond, sits on 307 acres with trails up to beautiful vistas, picnic areas and the Golden Gate Railroad Museum. Dogs are allowed, but must be leashed on any trail or park entrance, parking lots, picnic areas and developed areas such as lawns and play fields. Keller Beach is a sandy beach with swimming in the small cove is at the Tunnel entrance to the park and another small beach is at Ferry Point, once the western terminus for Santa Fe Railroad. There is fishing off the pier at Ferry Point and a fish-cleaning area. Kite flying is fun here with the winds along the shoreline enhancing the sport.
Pt. Pinole Regional Shoreline, located at 5551 Giant Highway or 3000 Atlas Rd, has 2,315 acres of nature, trails and beaches. Dogs are allowed and even off leash in certain locations as long as you leash your dog when approaching livestock who graze on the land. Please check the website for updated dog regulations. Fishing, especially for sturgeon, is abundant. There is a shuttle to the fishing pier, but dogs are not allowed on the pier or shuttle. $2 fee per dog at park entrance, with service dogs free.
Pt. Isabel Regional Shoreline located at 2701 Isabel St, is a wonderful dog park with over 23 acres of trails and play areas and beautiful views out across the Bay to San Francisco, the Golden Gate Bridge, Brooks Island and Marin County. Joggers, cyclists, windsurfers, kite surfers and kayakers enjoy the beauty and amenities of Pt. Isabel. Mudpuppy’s Tub & Scrub offers experienced and gentle bathing and grooming after your dog has slung around in the water or run the trails. Sit & Stay Café (510-559-8899) offers casual dining including treats for dogs, gourmet espresso drinks, coffee, pastries, sandwiches, smoothies, soups, cookies, ice cream and their famous Road House Chili. You can also bring your own picnic lunch to one of the outdoor settings and enjoy the vistas or watch the birds. Migrating birds join the year-round resident birds during the fall and winter.
Details: Regional Parks info: 888-EBPARKS (888-327-2757), opt. 3, ext.4551. You can visit the City of Richmond’s website to discover their over 50 city parks and find one that is near you and fits your day.
- Marina Bay Trail Guide
- Ferry Point Loop & Shipyard 3 Trail Guide
- Wildcat Marsh & Landfill Trail Guide
- The San Francisco Bay Trail Guide The Bay Trail is a planned 500-mile walking and cycling path around the entire San Francisco Bay running through all nine Bay Area counties, 47 cities, including Richmond, and across seven toll bridges.
The links allow you to download the trail guides and you can also stop by the Visit Richmond office at 229 Tewksbury Ave in Pt. Richmond for some of these guides.