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Baylands Nature Preserve - City of Palo Alto, Palo Alto

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The Palo Alto Baylands Nature Preserve, known officially as the Baylands Nature Preserve, is the largest tract 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. The preserve encompasses 1,940 acres in both Palo Alto and East Palo Alto, and is owned by the city of Palo Alto, California, United States. It is an important habitat for migratory shorebirds and is considered one of the best birdwatching spots on the West Coast.
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  • Sun rises over Sierra Nevada on a clear, crisp October morning of Palo Alto. Nothing blocks the view. It is all yours. 
    Sun rises over Sierra Nevada on a clear, crisp October morning of Palo Alto. Nothing blocks the view. It is all yours.  more »
  • The Baylands Nature Preserve can be best enjoyed from within the car, with the windows tightly closed, and without staying very long. Is there a sewage treatment next to it, or does it just smell... 
    The Baylands Nature Preserve can be best enjoyed from within the car, with the windows tightly closed, and without staying very long. Is there a sewage treatment next to it, or does it just smell...  more »
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  • A great place to walk around aimlessly, cycling is definitely a better choice than scootering. Will definitely visit again. Many parking spots available, but I saw many people parked near the main road turning into the preserve, I am not sure why.
  • This is the park but the Palo Alto airport. You can walk from there to the Bryxbee park and much further east by the bay. Also, you can walk around the park which is not that huge but good for easy walking. Good shorebird habitat and peaceful place sans the noise from the airplanes. Nice view of the bay from here and evening is better.

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