Byxbee Park & Emily Renzel Wetlands
This Palo Alto rustic art park includes crushed oyster paths and cement and wood structures. This is a diverse bird life area, with a wide packed Bay Trail connecting to Palo Alto Baylands and Shoreline Park.
- This trail is part of the Bay Trail and links directly to the Bay Trail South, as it passes through Shoreline Park and up to Stevens Creek. Link it up for a long trek!
- Bicycles are allowed.
- Dogs are allowed on leash (but not in Shoreline Park).
- Wildlife include tons of birds, including ducks, herons, egrets, sandpipers, falcons, and pheasant. Also find an abundance of squirrels and lizards, as well as the rare skunk and rabbit.
- Watch small airplanes and helicopters fly low, as they approach the airfield at the end of Embarcadero.
- There are an abundance of benches and viewing platforms along the paths.
- Enjoy grassy hills, wetlands / estuary (Mayfield Slough), Matadero Creek, and bay.
- There are bathrooms at the San Antonio Road trailhead and Byxbee Park.
- Byxbee is known as Art Park for the meandering white, crushed-oyster trails around rows of poles on the park's hill, in addition to several other art installments.
- There is a Nature Center at the North side of Byxbee Park with a wooden walkway that overlooks the wetlands.
- The traffic on Hwy 101 can generate a lot of noise.
- Some of the trail and adjacent waterways are being renovated, meaning there are some small detours and rough spots (that I assume will be fixed soon).
- Stay on the trail to avoid ticks and poison oak!
The Greenway is flat and almost entirely paved. In some places where the path intersects the road, the curve is not graded for wheelchair access. Additionally, some navigation through parking lots or on sidewalks is needed where the Greenway is fragmented, making it less than ideal for handicapped use.
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