Alviso Marina and Don Edwards SFBN Wildlife Refuge
Enjoy the bay breezes, train, bird life, and colors and smells of the salt evaporation ponds at this historic marina and entrance to the Don Edwards National Wildlife Refuge, with a beautiful kayak launch.
- This park has been recently refurbished, and has a large parking lot, bathrooms, picnic area, viewing platforms, fine-gravel and paved paths, and benches.
- Bicycles are allowed (except for on viewing platforms).
- Dogs are allowed on leash only at the picnic area and in the parking lot.
- The 9-mile trail that begins here, runs East past Alviso Slough and far into the bay. You'll feel like you could run / hike / bike all the way across the bay!
- The railroad runs parallel to the 9-mile trail, and if you're lucky you can catch a view of the train at full speed.
- Alviso feels like a sleepy fishing town that time forgot. Enjoy sights of the old cannery or houseboats on stilts, near the park, or the beautiful murals inside town.
- This is a bird-lovers mecca. At sunset, the birds flock to the still pools here, by droves (similar to Hitchcock's "The Birds"). Birds include egrets, herons, sandpipers, sea gulls, ducks, pelicans, and dozens of other varieties.
- Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge begins just East of the park, and is a beautiful mid-bay habitat for birds.
- The park is built on the site of the old marina, and uses the design of old docks (with framed gates) for its many boardwalks. Walk out on the boardwalk and be surrounded by reeds and birds - amazing! Boardwalks also have benches and placards.
- The 9-mile trail is made of packed dirt (and some gravel). When it rains, it takes a while for the trail to dry and harden, meaning that traffic on the Don Edwards trails can pull up "divets", making for a bumpy ride. On the otherhand, if you hit the newly wet trail, it will be smooth!
- Dogs are not allowed on the trails or boardwalks.
The fine gravel and paved paths around the parking area are suitable for handicapped access. The 9-mile trail and trail farther into the Alviso Slough are wide and flat, but can become bumpy after rain (see limitations, above), but otherwise seem suitable for wheelchairs.
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