Wetland Reawakening

Bike or hike the Hamilton Wetlands in Novato

Once an army airfield and now a thriving wetland, the wingspan of Novato’s Hamilton Wetlands is a glimpse into both the past and the future. You’ll still see remnants of its military days with the air hangars (now converted to office space). But through years of planning and work, this land was transformed to its former wetland glory in 2014.

Woman riding her bike at Hamilton Wetlands in Novato

Walkers on the wide open dirt trail at Hamilton Wetlands in Novato North Bay

Take a mellow bike ride or walk on the flat Bay Trail to take in the sights. It’s only about 3 miles (round-trip) along the shoreline and tidal mudflats. If you love shorebirds, this is a fantastic place to see black-bellied plovers, avocets, sandpipers, curlews, and snowy egrets.

Woman stopped on her bike looking at information signs and the San Pablo Bay at Hamilton Wetlands in Novato

Woman looking through a telescope at the marsh at Hamilton Wetlands in Novato

We recommend starting from the trailhead by Hamilton Landing Hangars 5 – 6, where you can find ample parking. From here you can jump on the trail and head south, with distant views of Mount Diablo. This wide and flat section of the Bay Trail is also open to bikers and dogs. Paths here also are wheelchair accessible. You can continue on for about 1.5 miles before you come to another viewing platform and the end of the trail overlooking San Pablo Bay.

Woman pointing at the San Pablo Bay at the viewing platform at Hamilton Wetlands in Novato

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