Marsh Mellow

Add some wingspan to your next adventure. Go on a waterside hike or bike ride at these restored and resplendent Bay Area wetland preserves offering tranquil outdoors and the company of feathered friends.

Week 11.10.2021
Regions Northern CA

Wetland Reawakening

Bike or hike the Hamilton Wetlands in Novato

Woman riding her bike at Hamilton Wetlands in Novato
Walkers on the wide open dirt trail at Hamilton Wetlands in Novato North Bay
Woman stopped on her bike looking at information signs and the San Pablo Bay at Hamilton Wetlands in Novato
Once an army airfield and now a thriving wetland, Novato’s Hamilton Wetlands is a glimpse into both the past and the future. Take a mellow bike ride or walk on the flat Bay Trail to take in the sights.
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Waterfalls, Wine, Wanderlust: Willamette Valley

Take a Trip to Oregon's Beautiful Willamette Valley

waterfall in the Willamette Valley
people wine tasting in Willamette Valley
Willamette Valley wine taste
Oregon’s lush and lovely Willamette Valley is home to the McKenzie River, an outdoor adventurer’s paradise with its crystalline waters and surrounding waterfall hikes. Oh, and the wine … it “reigns and pours” world-famous pinots here.
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Cog Wild

Cogswell Marsh in Hayward Regional Shoreline

Quickly escape the rush of car traffic to find tranquility on a 2.75-mile (round-trip) wander around Cogswell Marsh in the East Bay's Hayward Regional Shoreline .
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Feather Fanfare

Birdwatch at Ravenswood Preserve in the South Bay

Feathery birds swing and swoop on the edge of the San Francisco Bay, surrounded by the Diablo Range and Santa Cruz Mountains. See it all from a levee in serene Ravenswood Preserve.
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    Adventure Plan Portland

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