Antioch Marina and Dow Wetlands Preserve Loop

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Dow Wetlands Preserve

Antioch Marina and Dow Wetlands Preserve Loop is a 5.5 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Antioch, California that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Distance: 5.5 miles Elevation Gain: 75 feet Route Type: Loop

dog friendly

kid friendly

hiking

nature trips

walking

bird watching

running

beach

partially paved

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

hiking
bridge out
no shade
over grown
19 days ago

The fire damaged a large area of the platform walkway and boards are cut and have to walk off the platform. Homeless leave trash at the end of the trail by the waters edge. Be careful some parts of the trail are tight and get poked by blackberry bushes.

hiking
bridge out
bugs
muddy
no shade
over grown
1 month ago

Not bad. Saw a lot a different animals, which was pretty cool. Better for cooler weather.

hiking
bugs
over grown
1 month ago

Nice educational walk next to the river and through the Dow wetlands. There is a beaver pond, Kirker Creek, a working windmill and a big wooden tank that is running over. This would be great for 5-12 year olds. Part of the trail burned up in a time fire recently and it’s interesting to see what the land looks like without all the tules.

walking
flooded
muddy
2 months ago

Enjoyed my walk & picnic here with my kiddos & husband. Would definitely come back, but not when it’s too hot. My 2y & 3y loved the boardwalk! Wasn’t too busy. It was easy to stay the 6’ social distance protocol. So happy to get fresh air and out on an ‘adventure’. Some of it was slightly flooded & muddy- but my kids loved playing in the mud sooo...

Beautiful views. Great for dogs. Cool boardwalk through reeds and berry bushes.

hiking
8 months ago

Need views!

hiking
9 months ago

This used to be my favorite trail! There’s the “hidden” trail behind the water trail... you have to walk off the path and through the grass to find it, but once you do, you won’t be disappointed! The only reason I took a star away is because they closed off the “hidden” trail to bikes and strollers. I guess it makes sense because it’s not exactly a smooth trail once you get to the preserve.

walking
bugs
no shade
11 months ago

Totally recommend if you live in the area and just want to get outside for a bit. Super easy walk, lots of bugs and spiderwebs. No shade for a good stretch so be prepared! Didn’t know this little gem was out here!

hiking
bugs
closed
muddy
no shade
off trail
washed out
Tue Feb 12 2019

Really cool trail!! Advise doing on cooler days as there is no shade. Fun walks on boardwalks and water ways. Nice views. Lots of birds. Unfortunately the loop isn’t complete got to the part you’re suppose to contact back to where you started but the there was no trail. Dead ended at a tulle pond. Had to go off trail and find a way around to get back on. Other than that great hike for anyone!!

walking
Mon Nov 05 2018

walking
Fri Oct 19 2018

Great for walking and enjoying the wildlife as well as the tranquil. I live in Antioch and did not know about this Wildlife preserve being just 20 minutes from my home. I do now and visit it at least once a week.

walking
Thu May 17 2018

This trail is pretty cool, tulles for miles. If your a bird watcher this is the place to go. Not much shade so bring a hat. Park in the Antioch Marina and walk in.

Tue Apr 10 2018

This is a beautiful wetland trail. We did not see otters on our trip but did encounter a seal. There is parking available at the Antioch Marina and a connector path to the Dow wetlands trails from there.

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