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Don Edwards San Francisco Bay Wildlife Refuge

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Phone Number: 408-262-5513
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Activities: Birdwatching
Description: Ducks, grebes, geese and loons, sandpipers, plovers and terns - you're...
Ducks, grebes, geese and loons, sandpipers, plovers and terns - you're sure to catch sight of at least one of the 80 species of waterfowl that feed and frolic in this refuge.
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This is probably not the first nature trail to visit in SF bay are and maybe not even second, but it has some value

So a brief summary: Pros: very few people, a lot of birds, a lot of history, well maintained trails, a lot of history and good visitor centers, free Cons: smells bad, the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 29, 2015
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Pleasanton, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

So a brief summary: Pros: very few people, a lot of birds, a lot of history, well maintained trails, a lot of history and good visitor centers, free Cons: smells bad, the views are not very spectacular by the Bay Area standards. An extended version with the tips: I've been living in SF Bay area for many years and I... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015 NEW

We enjoyed walking around this area. There were a few egrets and lots of ground squirrels. It's a nice walk. There are also covered picnic tables and a sandy area where children can play. We hiked to the top of the hill where you can see for miles and were able to catch our breath at a bench in the... More 

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Sacramento, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015

A very memorable learning experience. .There is a museum, interpretive signs everywhere explaining the history of Indians use of the area long ago as well as the current use of the salt ponds, abundant wildlife and plants, and of course the amazing view of the entire south bay. And it's all free!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2015

South bay marsh flats are usually quite desolate, but this 2 mile Tidal Trail loop is partly along the sloughs, partly up a hill with a great view of the bay. Visitor center not open on Mondays. Can even see SF on clear days.

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San Jose, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2013

First thing in the morning, during the day or in the evening, this is a wonderful sanctuary for wildlife, including human. The history of Alviso going back to the 1800's is easy to imagine when you visit this preserve. The ghost town of Drawbridge is barely visible but if you look closely you'll see some of it. This is a... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2013

Pros: Nice marshes and a nice view from the top of the hill. The marsh had a few birds in it. Cons: Not much to see and a helicopter flying in scared away the few birds that were around. Note: This is probably much better when it's migration season.

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Newark, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2013

I live near Don Edwards San Francisco Bay Wildlife Refuge, so I visit often. The weather is pretty good here in the SF Bay Area, so it's always been sunny, though often windy (it is near the bay). The hiking is good and the view is great. Don't have to walk far. Nice historic additions, too. It's near the Dumbarton... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2012

The Bay Area of California can be extremely stressful, to say the least, for visitors and residents alike. Just at the foot of the southernmost trans-bay bridge, the Dumbarton, is a wonderful place to take a walk, observe wild flora and fauna, learn a bit about the ecology of the S.F. Bay, and chat with knowledgable Park officials and staff.... More 

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Modesto, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2011

Visited here today with my husband. I have been a few times before in years past but not for several years. This refuge is a great place to see birds and get some exercise. There are a number of paths/trails that wind through this large refuge and people enjoy walking, jogging and biking. I noticed a number of families with... More 

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