Did you know that the earliest Easy Bay inhabitants were ancestors of the Ohlone Indians? These hunters and gatherers lived off the land’s natural resources. With so much natural history abundant in our own backyard, there are many places you can visit to get some fresh air and exercise and get off the beaten path where our settlers lived.
Coyote Hills Regional Park
Perfect for many activities such as running, biking, walking, jogging, bird or butterfly watching, pack a picnic and spend the day here. Coyote Hills Regional Park is comprised of almost 1,000 acres of marshland and grassy hills. With a mix of wetlands, flat lands, hills and marshes, this serene spot off the Dumbarton Bridge (Paseo Padre Parkway exit) is sure to be a wonderful visit any time of year.
Located in the heart of Fremont on Paseo Padre Parkway between Stevenson Blvd and Mission View Dr, Lake Elizabeth is a popular spot for day camps, weekend parties, nature watching and fun for the whole family. There is a treehouse-themed playground that will keep the kids entertained for hours, and a playground suited for smaller kids near the parking lot. There is also basketball, tennis, fishing, skate park, and boat rentals. During the summer months visit adjacent Aqua Adventure Waterpark. With a 2 mile pedestrian walking trail, it’s the perfect spot to spend the day with the family and picnic or barbeque.
Near the Union City border of Fremont on Isherwood Way, Quarry Lakes is often a less-crowded place to nature watch and walk the trail than other parks. With many trails, this park connects to the Alameda Creek so there are many geese, ducks and other birds to watch while enjoying your time whether it be walking, swimming, fishing or just enjoying the day with a picnic. It’s about 3 miles all around the lake, and if you have dogs this is a great place for them to explore with you.
With so much nature around us, The J-Team hopes you will take advantage and enjoy these wonderful parks perfect for walking and other activities!