Coyote Hills Regional Park is a regional park that covers almost 978 acres of land and is managed by the East Bay Regional Park District. The park, which was opened to public use in 1967, is located in Fremont, California , USA, on the southeast coast of San Francisco Bay. The Coyote Hills themselves are a small collection of hills at the edge of the bay; while they do not exceed a high altitude, they provide spectacular views of the bay, the three trans-Bay bridges (the Dumbarton Bridge, the San Mateo Bridge and the Bay Bridge), the cities of San Francisco and Oakland, the Santa Cruz Mountain Peninsula and Mount Tamalpais. In addition to the hills themselves, the park features a wide area of wetlands.
Coyote Hills is home to the remains of a massive Nike missile base project. It has intact facilities that are in a state of disrepair and those still in operation are used as radio transmission and microwave antenna stations. Guard stations are also visible all over the park.
After the decommissioning of the NIKE Missile Site, the Stanford Research Institute (SRI) occupied the site and area and used the marshlands as facilities for Advanced Sonar Research, harboring many marine mammals, including dolphins. There is a field of fire and aquifer on the southernmost hills. When SRI completed its project in the mid-1960s, the site was devoted to public use and transferred to EBRPD as manager in 1967.
The park has two first-come-first - served picnic areas. One is situated in the Visitor Center, the other in the Quarry Staging Area. They both have picnic tables, barbecue braziers, water and shade. A designated community picnic area is also accessible at Hoot Hollow. Hoot Hollow Picnic Area is situated on the upper lawn, in front of the Visitor Center.
The Coyote Hills Visitor Center features interactive displays and exhibits as well as Possum 's Pocket Nature Shop. The exhibits represent Ohlone's way of life and include a tule reed boat designed by park staff and volunteers using Native American methods. Other displays include the natural history and biodiversity of the park.
There is a reserved camping site available at Dairy Glen. Picnic tables, braziers, campfire rings, water and shade are all available. Chemical bathrooms are also provided. There is a reserved camping site available at Dairy Glen. This 50-person group camp, named after the dairy farmers of the 1800s, has recently been fully upgraded and renovated thanks to funding from the Regional Parks Foundation. The group camp now includes three shade structures, additional picnic tables, a drinking base, a fire pit, a hand-washing station, and a vaulted toilet. Upgrades have provided greater accessibility so that the camping site is now fully ADA compliant, including a new hardened path that makes it easier for visitors who use wheelchairs and mobility devices to navigate shade structures and other camp components.
The waters to the west and south of Coyote Hills are part of the Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge, run by the United States. Fish and Wildlife Programs. The Shoreline, No Name, Apay Way and Alameda Creek trails offer hikers and bicycle riders access to the Refuge. Apay Way takes you to the Refuge Visitor Center via a bridge over the top of Highway 84 / Dumbarton Bridge toll booths.
The Alameda Creek Trail is a 12-mile trail that runs from the Bay east to the mouth of the Niles Canyon and borders the Coyote Hills on the north side of the park. It's actually two parallel trails, with the equestrian trail on the north levee and the cycle trail on the south levee, linking with the Coyote Hills Bay View bike trail. On both trails, hikers are welcome. Motor vehicles are not allowed on the trails — citations will be issued to the violators.
This amazing landmark is located in California’s Alameda County and is only a short distance away from:
- Jack London Square
- Oakland Zoo
- Lake Merritt
- Chabot Space & Science Center
- USS Hornet - Sea, Air and Space Museum
- Mission Peak
- The University of California Botanical Garden
- Del Valle Regional Park
All of these wonderful landmarks are located just a short distance from our location, conveniently located just down the freeway at 1261 Locust St, Walnut Creek! Stop by for a visit anytime!