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“Good walking trails”

Upper Newport Bay Nature Preserve
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Hayward, California
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33 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“Good walking trails”
Reviewed May 14, 2014

Start with the visitor center which will give you a good overview of Upper Newport Bay Preserve. There is a short movie which help you understand the preserve. There are good walking trails and most are easy with great views. Expect to spend around 2 hours at the preserve. Parking is free as is the visitor center.

Visited May 2014
3 Thank Gene G
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Tucson, Arizona
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“A wonderful place to feel the beauty of nature!!!”
Reviewed May 10, 2014

This was possibly the most pleasant two hours we spent away from our great room on Newport Coast. Great walking trails, a nice visitor's center and the one-way, Back Bay Drive along the south side of the preserve is a MUST!

Visited May 2014
4 Thank Gary F
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Henderson, Nevada
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“Urban Wetland with Walkways, Trails, and Startling Wildlife Views.”
Reviewed April 18, 2014

I spent a good part of the morning through the early afternoon here. It's a rather large marshland preserve just north of the PCH in Newport Beach. I accessed it at the large parking area off of University and first walked southeast to Jamboree. On this route you'll be sharing the paved trail with many cyclists, joggers, and dog walkers. There's a nature center a short walk from the parking lot, a number of social trails down to the marshland, and along Jamboree there's a cycling bypass shouldering San Diego Creek. There's even a Marriott resort at the Jamboree street junction. Bring field glasses if you are a bird watcher. And you'll be amazed at the sweeping views south toward the beach. I also followed the trail along the bluffs adjacent to Irvine Avenue, then drove around to the Back Bay entry which, by car, is a one-way 15 mph road with limited stops but with serene, picture postcard views of the wetland. I really liked this area best and when I return, will spend most of my time looking for wildlife in this region of the wetland. But remember you're really not out in the country here. There's a lot of vehicle and pedestrian activity as well as a mega shopping mall very close by. But it can be a good respite from the even busier Newport Beach action if you have several extra days to look around.

Visited April 2014
3 Thank Zoom_Gotti
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Newport Beach, California
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“If you love bird watching - this one's for you”
Reviewed April 15, 2014

Upper Newport Bay (or as the locals call it - the 'Back Bay') is a marsh preserve filled with tidal birds, plants and animals. You'll see Egrets, gulls etc. Best way to see the whole preserve is on a bike - you can ride a loop at the water level all the way around. With or without a bike, do stop at the nature center, where you will find information on the history and ecological details of the site.

Visited March 2014
2 Thank Janae L
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“Outstanding oasis”
Reviewed March 28, 2014 via mobile

On a whim, I spent a morning here with my 7- & 3-year olds during our spring break trip from the Midwest. What an unexpected oasis, both in terms of a large natural space in the midst of suburban sprawl, and cheap/ free family entertainment in shadows of Disney.

There are many trails, offering something for everyone. There is a nature center with friendly & knowledgeable staff, some cool taxidermy, and a few live snakes, lizards & turtles. Thursdays & Fridays the offer kids sessions, conducted by wonderful Orange County Park rangers, which include storytelling, craft activities, and a kid - friendly, guided, hands - on nature walk.

Just a wonderful public resource that you should take some time to enjoy if you have the chance.

1 Thank Troy B
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