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5 Parks and Natural Areas to Enjoy in Berkeley This Summer

BERKELEY, CA – The East Bay area is full of places to get a breath of fresh air and enjoy the benefits of nature with its expanses of green parks, beaches, trails, lagoons, farms and lakes .

Whether you enjoy swimming, hiking, horseback riding, or hosting a picnic, there’s a place for it in this eco-friendly corner of Northern California. In and around Berkeley, there are a handful of dog and family parks that are a short drive away. Some offer areas for boating, camping, and even archery.

The East Bay Regional Park District helps maintain dozens of historic and storied parks in the area.

Visit this page find resources to get to these parks by public transit.

According to a study by the University of Tokyo published this monththe connection between human well-being and nature is much stronger than the academic community previously thought.

“Besides drinking water, food, and useful raw materials, nature provides many other benefits that we might overlook or find difficult to grasp and quantify,” according to a university press release.

The research, published on Friday, shows that spending time in nature can be vital for a person’s mental and physical health.

Here are 5 parks and beaches to soak up all that nature has to offer in and around Berkeley this summer.

1. Charles Lee Tilden Regional Park

Tilden is one of the district’s oldest parks and its recreational facilities have become a staple for generations of East Bay residents.

The 2,079-acre park has so much to offer – from a botanical garden to a carousel ride to a swim at Lake Anza.

Tilden offers areas for horseback riding, biking, camping, dogs, fishing, golfing, hiking, swimming and more.

2. Claremont Canyon Regional Reserve

Nestled between the hills of Berkeley and Oakland behind the historic Claremont Hotel, this scenic 208-acre preserve offers trails for dogs, hikers, and horseback riders.

3. McLaughlin Eastshore State Park

The District of East Bay Park calls this park “one of the most remarkable achievements in the history of open space protection”. The 8.5-mile coastal park was named after Save The Bay co-founder Sylvia McLaughlin.

The area includes 1,833 acres of upland and flooded land stretching along the Oakland, Emeryville, Berkeley, Albany and Richmond waterfronts. It welcomes families, hiking and biking everywhere.

4. Tilden Nature Area

This 740-acre preserve is nestled just north of Tilden Regional Park and features over 16 kilometers of hiking trails. The park supports a mix of native and introduced plant communities, including oak and berry forests, grasslands, eucalyptus forests, and streams.

5. Tilden Regional Parks Botanical Garden

Nestled in the beautiful Wildcat Canyon of Tilden Regional Park, in the heart of the North Berkeley Hills, this family garden has dedicated its space to collecting, growing, displaying and preserving native California plants.

Find more parks to visit with the East Bay Park District search here.