One of the most popular segments of the San Francisco Bay Trail bounds the northern and eastern sides of town. From there it heads south to Redwood Shores and north to Coyote Point. Foster City’s portion is a multi-use trail that is excellent for hiking, biking, skating and running.
There are many other trails, boardwalks, nature paths and so on within the park system. Many of the residential streets are quiet so it is easy to bike between parks or get to the Bay Trail. This makes it easy to make a round trip hike … see a wide variety of walks, hikes, runs and bike rides at mapmywalk.com.
Here’s a list of just a few of the walks and bike rides we have personally enjoyed:
- Stroll the boardwalk at the north end of Leo Ryan Park.
- Walk along the shoreline from California Windsurfing in Leo Ryan Park to the Foster City Dog Park. Of course bring your dogs.
- Walk along the shoreline as much as possible (just explore) all the way around Central Lake. We usually take Shell Blvd and Beach Park Blvd to get across the canals and stop at Edgewater Place Shopping Center en route.
- Harbortown Pedway (no bikes allowed) along the west side of Marina Lagoon (you’ll be in Harbortown, a San Mateo neighborhood) from Fashion Island Blvd north to Shoal Dr.
- SF Bay Trail from Hwy 92 to Coyote Point. Biking is more fun because it can be a bit far, windy and sunny. We like to bike through Coyote Point too.
- San Francisco Bay Trail from Port Royal Park south to Oracle Bridge. We also enjoy biking Redwood Shores.
- Bike the west-side of Marina Lagoon on the Foster City Levee Pedway. Ride from the very south end of O’Neal Slough north to Fashion Island Blvd.
- There are many more nice trails, of course. If you just start following the various paths on your bike you will find that many connect. Most of the neighborhoods have little traffic so you can bike them as well when going from park to park.