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Don Edwards San Francisco Bay Wildlife Refuge

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Ducks, grebes, geese and loons, sandpipers, plovers and terns - you're sure...

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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It is so nature!

It is a hidden gem in the SF Bay Area we can stay so close to nature-hills, wet lands, trees, birds and ducks. It is an easy walk. Sometimes it is windy, so get yourself ready... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed December 30, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2015 via mobile

It is a hidden gem in the SF Bay Area we can stay so close to nature-hills, wet lands, trees, birds and ducks. It is an easy walk. Sometimes it is windy, so get yourself ready for the windy walk. I have never been there for sunset but people take some great pictures of the beautiful sunset. It is free:-)

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2015 via mobile

If you are in the Fremont or Newark area this is a nice park to catch some trails and take in some wild life. Not a lot of visitors so you have run of the teails which are well kept. Hike up the hill to get some nice views of yhe SE bay area and the salt ponds that provide... More 

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Kansas CIty, MO
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2015 via mobile

We spent some time birding here on a recent trip to the area. I highly recommend bringing a scope to see the shorebirds, as they make up so much of the bird life and you won't see mug without a scope. The Don Edwards area is huge and can be confusing--be sure to get a map and figure out the... More 

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

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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Kansas City
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015

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 29, 2015 via mobile

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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