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Don Edwards San Francisco Bay Wildlife Refuge

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Address: 1 Marshlands Road, San Francisco, CA 94555
Phone Number: +1 408-262-5513
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Sun - Sat 07:00 - 18:00
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
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Ducks, grebes, geese and loons, sandpipers, plovers and terns - you're sure...

Ducks, grebes, geese and loons, sandpipers, plovers and terns - you're sure to catch sight of at least one of the 80 species of waterfowl that feed and frolic in this refuge.

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Wildlife in the Suburbs

The Don Edwards National Wildlife Refuge is a hidden gem just of the Dumbarton Bridge on the Fremont east side of the bay. The refuge, not far from the bedroom suburb of San... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 31 October 2016
Sandra M
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 October 2016

The Don Edwards National Wildlife Refuge is a hidden gem just of the Dumbarton Bridge on the Fremont east side of the bay. The refuge, not far from the bedroom suburb of San Francisco/San Jose, is a windswept scenic area of marshland. The wildlife refuge is fun to just hike the rugged landscape. However, I would recommend the nature walks... More 

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Fremont, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 April 2016

Both hilly and flat hiking trails on the edge of the San Francisco Bay. A terrific place to watch sunsets, looking towards the hills past the bay as the fog often rolls in. Marshland, ranger station, free admission. Many birds can be seen in the marsh and tidal areas.

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Winnipeg, Canada
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 March 2016

We thought we were going to experience more educational resources at this site, but we ended up finding a couple of signs that basically gave a brief narration of the history of salt mining. Not very informative and helpful for tourists who wanted to appreciate what the Bay could offer.

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Santa Clara, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 March 2016

The boyfriend and I wanted to hike somewhere, but didn't want to drive toooo far, so we decided to check out this little gem next to the bay. First off, the Google map directions led us to this sketch middle of nowhere area that looked like a prime spot for drug deals, but after manually typing in the address we... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 December 2015 via mobile

It is a hidden gem in the SF Bay Area we can stay so close to nature-hills, wet lands, trees, birds and ducks. It is an easy walk. Sometimes it is windy, so get yourself ready for the windy walk. I have never been there for sunset but people take some great pictures of the beautiful sunset. It is free:-)

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 October 2015 via mobile

If you are in the Fremont or Newark area this is a nice park to catch some trails and take in some wild life. Not a lot of visitors so you have run of the teails which are well kept. Hike up the hill to get some nice views of yhe SE bay area and the salt ponds that provide... More 

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Kansas CIty, MO
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 September 2015 via mobile

We spent some time birding here on a recent trip to the area. I highly recommend bringing a scope to see the shorebirds, as they make up so much of the bird life and you won't see mug without a scope. The Don Edwards area is huge and can be confusing--be sure to get a map and figure out the... More 

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Pleasanton, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 August 2015

So a brief summary: Pros: very few people, a lot of birds, a lot of history, well maintained trails, a lot of history and good visitor centers, free Cons: smells bad, the views are not very spectacular by the Bay Area standards. An extended version with the tips: I've been living in SF Bay area for many years and I... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 August 2015

We enjoyed walking around this area. There were a few egrets and lots of ground squirrels. It's a nice walk. There are also covered picnic tables and a sandy area where children can play. We hiked to the top of the hill where you can see for miles and were able to catch our breath at a bench in the... More 

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Sacramento, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 July 2015 via mobile

A very memorable learning experience. .There is a museum, interpretive signs everywhere explaining the history of Indians use of the area long ago as well as the current use of the salt ponds, abundant wildlife and plants, and of course the amazing view of the entire south bay. And it's all free!

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