Bay Point Regional Shoreline
The Harrier Trail provides a short loop through a portion of the protected shoreline and wetlands. Please stay on the trail since the marshland is sensitive habitat. The trail is wide, flat, and partially paved. The rest of the route is hard packed dirt, easily navigated with mobility devices, bicycles and strollers. Some of the many shorebirds and raptors you might spot here include black shouldered kites, Great egrets, northern harriers, and black-necked stilts.
Start at the public access sign to the left of the restrooms to begin the Harrier Loop Trail. Turn right at first intersection and soon cross a bridge. There are several benches ahead along the trail where you can pause and admire the surrounding bay lands. Soon, the trail will become paved again. Continue on the loop to return to the starting point.
Here, at Bay Point, you will see beautiful, clear views of Suisun Bay, extensive marshlands, and distant hills. The surrounding waters have been designated by the US Fish & Wildlife Service as critical habitat for delta smelt, winter-run Chinook salmon, and steelhead. Windy conditions are common year-round, so bring a jacket or dress in layers. There is public shoreline access for fishing at the adjacent McAvoy Harbor. Accessible restrooms and two van accessible spaces are available at the staging area, as well as two covered picnic sites with grills. Please keep dogs on leash to prevent them from entering the marsh.
From Highway 4 in Bay Point, exit at the Bay Point/San Marco Boulevard exit and go north onto Willow Pass Road, towards the river. After about one-half mile, turn left onto Port Chicago Highway. Proceed for about 1.25miles and take McAvoy Road. The staging area is at the end of a short road that heads left off of McAvoy Road just before the harbor entrance.