San Francisco Bay Trail

Hikers, joggers, bicyclists, skaters and wheelchair users can all enjoy the San Francisco Bay Trail, a network of paths and trails that will encircle San Francisco Bay, San Pablo Bay and the Carquinez Strait.

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The Bay Trail is a continuous bike and pedestrian trail that circles the entire San Francisco Bay. When completed, the trail will span 500 miles through 47 cities, circling the entire San Francisco Bay.

The trail will run through all nine Bay Area counties, connecting cities and towns with the shoreline and with each other. The Bay Trail is a joint project of MTC and the Association of Bay Area Governments.

The vision for the San Francisco Bay Trail is closer to reality than ever before — over 350 miles have already been developed.

The trail is a great way to learn about local plants, wildlife and the San Francisco Estuary. It’s also an important commute alternative for bicyclists.

Bay Trail Vision

The Bay Trail originally was envisioned as a “ring around the bay” by then-state Sen. Bill Lockyer, whose Senate Bill 100 was passed into law in 1987.

The Bay Trail connects to numerous transit facilities, including ferry terminals, light-rail lines, bus stops, and Caltrain, Amtrak, BART and bike share stations.

The Bay Trail eventually will cross most of the major toll bridges in the Bay Area.

Who Heads Up the Bay Trail?

The Bay Trail is a joint project of MTC and the Association of Bay Area Governments. The project engages with partners large and small across the region and coordinates efforts for the trail by:

  • Raising funds for trail construction and maintenance
  • Ensuring consistency with the adopted long-range regional transportation and land use plan, Plan Bay Area
  • Providing technical assistance to city and county staff
  • Enlisting public participation in trail-related activities
  • Publicizing the Bay Trail