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Hayward Regional Shoreline, East Bay Regional Park
Hayward Regional Shoreline, East Bay Regional Park District    

Hayward Regional Shoreline consists of 1,811 acres of salt, fresh, and brackish water marshes, seasonal wetlands and public trails.

Cogswell Marsh, a 250-acre tidal marsh restoration and enhancement project, was completed in 1980. This area, once restored to tidal action, rapidly became an established saltwater marsh.

Birds: shorebirds, waterfowl, swallows.

Hiking Difficulty: 2

Directions (four options):

Option 1, via 680 South:
  • Take 680 south
  • Take 580 west
  • Take 238 west
  • Take 880 south
  • Take 92 towards San Mateo Bridge
  • Exit at Clawiter, go left, then make a quick right on Breakwater
  • Follow Breakwater (it's a frontage road along 92) west until you reach the Hayward Shoreline Interpretive Center
Option 2, via 680 South:
  • Take 680 south
  • Take Crow Canyon Exit
  • Take Crow Canyon west to Castro Valley Blvd
  • Take 238 west
  • Take 800 south
  • Take 92 towards San Mateo Bridge
  • Exit at Clawiter, go left, then make a quick right on Breakwater
  • Follow Breakwater (it's a frontage road along 92) west until you reach the Hayward Shoreline Interpretive Center
Option 3, via 24 West:
  • Take hwy 24 west
  • Take 980, which goes directly onto 880 south
  • Take hwy 92 towards San Mateo Bridge
  • Exit at Clawiter, go left, then make a quick right on Breakwater
  • Follow Breakwater (it's a frontage road along 92) west until you reach the Hayward Shoreline Interpretive Center


Option 4, via 24 West:
  • Take hwy 24 west
  • Take hwy 13 south to 580 south
  • Take hwy 238 west to 880 south
  • Take 92 west towards San Mateo Bridge
  • Exit at Clawiter, go left, then make a quick right on Breakwater
  • Follow Breakwater (it's a frontage road along 92) west until you reach the Hayward Shoreline Interpretive Center

Hiking Difficulty codes:
1=Easy, very few hills to climb
2=Moderately Easy, some small hills to climb
3=Challenging, flat land ranging to gentle to some steep slopes
4=Difficult, some very steep hills to climb

Conversation with a Bat


If you're lucky enough to be outside at dusk on a reasonably warm evening you might see something darting through the air at seemingly nothing. It could be a moth, maybe a bird out late, but most likely, a bat.

I was out at twilight trying to get my bird baths filled for the following day when I thought I saw something zip past out of the corner of my eye. I stood still and waited for movement. There it was again. I tried to track it, but it was moving too fast. "What the heck are you?" I said out loud.

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East Bay Times Article


Attracting birds and bees to our yards and gardens is simple, if we provide what they like and need.

Joanie Smith, owner of East Bay Nature in Walnut Creek and Dublin, says there are five essential elements for success water, food, cover, nesting and safety.

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