Natural Preserves in the Bay Area

While the Bay Area may be known for its booming tech industry, it’s also important to remember the natural beauty of the area. If you’re looking for  things to do outdoors in the bay area, you won’t be disappointed. When you stay at quality inn and suites, you’ll be close to a number of beautiful preserves in the Bay Area. Read on to learn more.


For a beautiful opportunity to get outdoors and enjoy a multitude of activities, consider the Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge. Here, you can enjoy fishing, boating on the lake including kayaking and canoeing, and over 30 miles of hiking and biking trails where you can get some exercise and enjoy wildlife viewing. Keep your eye on the sky and see if you can catch a glimpse of any herons or hawks! There are hiking trails for all levels as well so all can enjoy this national wildlife refuge!


Another popular option is the Palo Alto Baylands Nature Preserve. This preserve is actually one of the largest tracts of undisturbed marshland that remains in the San Francisco Bay. Here, enjoy fifteen miles of various trials and beautiful views of tidal and freshwater habitats. Thanks to the plethora of marshlands, this is an excellent area for bird watching and some consider it to even be one of the best places to bird watch on the West Coast! In addition to hiking and bird watching, guests can enjoy windsurfing, kayaking, canoeing, sailboards and more.


The Foothills Park & Picchetti Ranch Open Space Preserve is an area that is actually part of a larger system that protects over 63,000 acres of public land and 26 open space preserves. The Picchetti Ranch Preserve features 3.7 miles of hiking trails as well as equestrian paths and wheelchair accessible. Thanks to its ease of trails, it’s a good place for kids to enjoy. On the preserve, you’ll also find the Picchetti Winery built in the late 1890s. Enjoy public wine tastings as well as the nearby picnic areas for a quick bite to eat.