by Faith Rumm
Eden Landing Ponds
Visit the Restoration
Volunteer Activities at Eden Landing Ponds
Audio Tour at Eden Landing
Eden Landing trails, kayak launch, shorebirds and saltworks ruins
Eden Landing Ecological Reserve offers new hiking, kayaking and sight-seeing options. Along with a segment of the Bay Trail, the Reserve now hosts a 3-mile seasonal loop trail around shorebird ponds and 19th Century salt-making sites. An all-year trail passes saltworks ruins, where a boardwalk and panels allow indepth viewing and learning. A spur route ends at marshes near the edge of the Bay. Another spur reaches historic Archimedes screws, windmill pumps used to move water for salt-making. Because of potential wildlife impacts, no dogs are allowed on trails (additional provisions apply for waterfowl hunts). A new accessible launch, with a drop-off loop, provides Bay access for kayakers and other non-motorized small boats. Limited hunting is allowed at Eden Landing. For more information, see the California Dept. of Fish & Wildlife website here.
From westbound Highway 92, take the Clawiter Road/Eden Landing Road exit. Go left at the light, over the overpass, and continue straight at the stop sign. Follow Eden Landing Road south of the highway to the end, near the intersection with Arden Road.
From eastbound Highway 92, take the Clawiter Road/Eden Landing Road exit and turn right at the stop sign at the end of the exit. Follow Eden Landing Road south to the end, near the intersection with Arden Road.
Hayward Shoreline Interpretive Center (Interpretive Displays, Views)
Perched on stilts above a salt marsh, the Hayward Shoreline Interpretive Center is your introduction to the ecology of the San Francisco Bay-Estuary. The Interpretive Center features exhibits, programs and activities designed to inspire a sense of appreciation, respect and stewardship for the Bay, its inhabitants and the services they provide. After getting an overview of the park and its features, join a naturalist on one of the many weekend interpretive programs offered. School Programs conducted Wednesday through Friday by reservation.
From Hayward, exit 92 at Clawiter/Eden Landing. Go straight at the light, then left onto Breakwater Ave. Follow Breakwater Ave. to the end. From San Mateo, exit 92 at Clawiter/Eden Landing. Turn left at the stop sign and another left at the first light. Make a third left at the gas station onto Breakwater Ave. Follow Breakwater Ave. to the end.