Best trails in Coyote Point Recreation Area, California

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Explore the most popular trails in Coyote Point Recreation Area with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

A number of paved pathways connect the various park areas and can be used for a brisk walk or a casual stroll. Please observe all trail signs and posted speed limits. Bicycles and motorized vehicles are not allowed off designated paved areas. Please respect your fellow trail users and follow the trail etiquette guidelines for safe and courteous trail use. This is a great area to take kids to watch the Airplanes at SFO. The park is open 8am to sunset.

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#1 - Coyote Point to San Mateo Bridge
Coyote Point Recreation Area
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Length: 10.4 mi • Est. 4 h 10 m
According to Access Northern California ( The Bay Trail skirts the eastern perimeter of the park, parallel to Coyote Point Drive for much of the way. Starting near the Peninsula Humane Society shelter on Airport Boulevard, you quickly leave the Bay views behind, turning inland to travel past many of the park's amenities. Across Coyote Point Drive is the Poplar Creek Golf Course. Approximately a half-mile in, a grove of eucalyptus trees atop a nearby hill wafts a sweet aroma into the air and, depending on the time of day, provides a little shade. The Bay Trail briefly touches Coyote Point Marina, then travels south out of the park for 2.5 miles to the San Mateo Bridge. No matter where you are on the trail, you can hear planes circling to land at nearby San Francisco International Airport and shots ringing from the shooting range, but the sounds of songbirds and other small animals provide a calming balance to the manmade racket. Coyote Point was once an island separated from the mainland by a large salt marsh that was later filled in. Much of the 670-acre park is flat, except for a few knolls among eucalyptus trees that often reveal scenic overlooks of the marina, the remaining marsh, and the Bay. With an outstanding nature museum, several playgrounds, plentiful picnic areas, a beach, large lawns, and an accessible playground at the Eucalyptus Recreation Area, the park makes a great day-long outing for families. Adults can also enjoy a shooting range, marina, yacht club (not wheelchair accessible), and fishing jetty. Situated on the east side of a tree-shaded knoll in the eastern part of the park, the CuriOdyssey Museum is a top-notch interactive science and education center that allows visitors to observe a variety of native California animals up close. Indoor exhibits include interactive displays, computer activities, videos, and films about Bay Area ecosystems. The open floor plan makes it easy to maneuver. In the outdoor animal habitats you can learn about and get close to various reptiles, amphibians, mammals, and, in the walk-through aviary, nearly two dozen native birds. The butterfly and hummingbird gardens are scenic and peaceful spots in which to rest and watch the wildlife. ACCESSIBILITY: There is firm, designated accessible parking with a slope no greater than 2% at the marina, trailheads, promenade, museum, and playground. The trail surface is paved asphalt and it is typically at least six feet wide. It is mostly gentle, all estimated to be 5% or less. Most wheelchair and stroller users will find this trail navigable. The restrooms in the park are partially accessible (most only allow front-transfers, are too shallow to close the stall door, and have no grab bars on the back wall). The most accessible one is by the drop-in picnic area below the museum, which has enough clearance for closing the stall door and pulling alongside the toilet. Numerous picnic areas have accessible tables with a firm and stable path and surface, and at least 27 inches of knee clearance. The most accessible tables are downhill from the CuriOdessey Museum.Show more
#2 - Robert Woolley Park Trail
Coyote Point Recreation Area
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Length: 0.7 mi • Est. 17 m
Nice little paved trail around an inlet, good for walking and biking with the whole family. Not the best for rollerblading as the pavement is broken in some places. Accessibility: The trail has a smooth, paved surface and is typically at least five feet wide. It is flat with an average grade of 1% and a max grade of 2%. Most wheelchair and stroller users will find this trail navigable.Show more