The Hayward Regional Shoreline is the perfect location for a peaceful bike ride or even a romantic stroll by the bay. Located at 3050 West Winton Avenue in Hayward, California, the Shoreline is free to park and enter. They are open between 5 am and 10 pm and dogs are allowed.
The Hayward Shoreline is directly behind the Hayward industrial area so it can be confusing when visiting for the first time. There is plenty of parking as the shoreline usually isn’t too crowded. Be aware that if you do park in the furthest parking lot, the gate closes at 5 pm, so don’t get your car locked in! There is a restroom near the main parking lot.
After you park, there is about a half-a-mile walk to the actual shoreline. The path to the shoreline is gravel but once you reach the shoreline, it is a paved trail. You can take the trail south, about a mile-and-a-half to the Hayward Interpretive Center or North to the San Leandro Marina. Keep in mind there is no shade so oh hot days, be sure to wear sunscreen and bring a hat!
This regional park is the perfect location to fish, run, or go on a bike ride. If you can get past the pungent smell of the marsh, it is also a romantic location to watch the sunset. Enjoy gorgeous views of the San Francisco Shoreline and city lights from Downtown Oakland.
I enjoyed watching the sunset with my family and even had a golden hour photo shoot. If you look South, you can see the San Mateo bridge begin to light up. And of course watch the sun set on the West!
To read more about my adventures in the San Francisco Bay Area, check here!
To read more about the history of the Hayward Shoreline, check here.