Bird Walk Coastal Access Trail

Bird Walk Coastal Access Trail

355 Hwy. 1
Bodega Bay, California 94923
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Local Phone: (707) 875-3540

Sonoma County Regional ParksThe Bird Walk Coastal Access Trail offers those interested in viewing wildlife a unique opportunity to see a new side of Bodega Bay.

The Sonoma County Regional Parks Department has revitalized a salt water marsh adjacent to the Bird Walk that is home to thousands of birds throughout the year.

The Bird Walk Coastal Access contains 1.19 miles of trail that circles two ponds and offers coastal views along with excellent birding opportunities.

After a brief rise from the parking lot, this gentle trail system has a gravel surface that is moderately accessible to wheelchairs. The Cheney Creek Bridge Trail connects Birdwalk Coastal Access to Doran Regional Park.

Access to the park is either from the parking lot, located off Hwy 1 at the south end of the town of Bodega Bay, or at the southern trailhead, located at the northeastern boundary of Doran Beach Park.

Dogs are permitted on leash and must be licensed.

Help us keep this trail beautiful and dog-friendly:
• Always follow the posted rules as they may have changed
• Respect and protect wildlife and habitats
• Pack in and pack out, leaving only paw prints

Tuck explores Hood Mountain Regional Park <br/> Photo Credit: @mollystichter
Tuck explores Hood Mountain Regional Park
Photo Credit: @mollystichter
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Marley at Hood Mountain Regional Park. Photo Credit: @tabitha3641
Marley at Hood Mountain Regional Park. Photo Credit: @tabitha3641
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