Baylands Nature Preserve

view of Baylands Nature Preserve marsh

Baylands Nature Preserve

Bounded by Mountain View and East Palo Alto, the 1,940-acre Baylands Preserve is one of the largest tracts of undisturbed marshland remaining in the San Francisco Bay. Fifteen miles of multi-use trails provide access to a unique mixture of tidal and fresh water habitats.

Many consider this area to be one of the best bird watching areas on the west coast. The preserve has a substantial resident population of birds as well as being a major migratory stopover on the Pacific Flyway.

Things To Do

Include walking, running or biking on 15 miles of trails; bird watching; wind surfing and boating (non-motorized craft such as canoes, kayaks or small, hand-launched boats and sailboards). The city also offers a variety of nature walks and programs on ecology and natural history. See the Activities and Programs page for more information.

Note: Smoking is prohibited in all Open Space nature preserves, including the Baylands, effective 10/9/2013.

Baylands Nature Preserve
Ranger Station
2500 Embarcadero Road
Palo Alto, CA 94303
650-617-3156
open.space@cityofpaloalto.org
Location Map

Open daily from 8:00 am until sunset. Click here for Park Hours

Baylands Trail Map

Palo Alto Open Space Trail Map

Special Events Permit and Application

Lucy Evans Baylands Nature Interpretive Center
2775 Embarcadero Road
650-329-2506

Winter Hours
Open 1-4 p.m. Wednesdays & Thursdays; 1-5 p.m. Sundays.
Location Map

Closure
Due to the upcoming holiday, the Nature Center will be closed December 24th, 25th, 31st and January 1st.

Environmental Volunteers

2560 Embarcadero Road
Palo Alto, CA 94303
650 493 6800
http://www.evols.org/
View the Marsh Cam

Byxbee Park Hills (Art Park)
2375 Embarcadero Road
650-617-3156
Location Map

Baylands Athletic Center
(baseball and softball)
1900 Geng Road
650-329-2697
Location Map

Picnic Area
2500 Embarcadero Road
Adjacent to the Ranger Station Available first-come, first-serve for groups of 24 or fewer. For larger groups, see the Groups and Special Events page.


Last Updated: Dec 12, 2014
Baylands King Tides Schedule for Winter 2014-15
Attention bird watchers, paddlers, windsurfers and general water fanciers!

King tides are the highest tides of a season, usually in the winter. You can see these high tides in the Baylands. When the water is high, normally reclusive bird species move up out of the plants and can be more easily seen by binoculars or scopes. You might also be lucky enough to see bat rays, harbor seals or other species. And it's just plain interesting to see what the Baylands looks like when the water level is so high.
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King tide at the nature center boardwalk

No Smoking in Open Space and Parks Effective 10/9/2013
Smoking of any type will be prohibited in neighborhood parks and Open Space preserves beginning October 9, 2013.
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2014 Open Space Hours
Note: Last entry to all preserves is one half hour before preserve closing time.
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Value of Volunteering in Open Space
The City of Palo Alto contracts with Acterra and Save the Bay as stewardship partners. Based on this analysis by Acterra, the city gets a return of 2.5 times its investment in the contract.

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Open Space Nature Programs
Nature programs led by rangers in the current season
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Baylands Nature Preserve Birding
Information about birding at the Baylands.
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History of Waste and The Baylands
The area now known as the Palo Alto Baylands started as a waste disposal site in the early 20th century. Over time we learned how to better treat and dispose of our waste, and even convert some of it into useful energy. The landfills are now closed and being turned into additional parkland.
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Palo Alto Open Space Trail Map
Trail map of all Open Space preserves, including the Bay to Ridge Trail.
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History of Baylands Nature Preserve
History of the John Fletcher Byxbee Recreation Area, more commonly known as the Baylands Nature Preserve.
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Open Space Medallions - Order Yours Today
Fundraiser for Adopt-a-Park
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medallion

Recycled Water Information
Recycled water is wastewater that has been purified through a high level of treatment. Reducing the amount of treated wastewater discharged into the South Bay decreases the impacts on saltwater marshes.
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