Meet the future of urban green space by making tracks to the East Bay’s Richmond Greenway. Just a stone’s throw from the charming Point Richmond town, Rails-to-Trails Conservancy—with a little help from local organizations—has transformed an abandoned rail corridor into a flat and pristinely paved walking, skating, and biking trail for young and old alike. The 1.5-mile (one-way) out-and-back path offers a unique blend of natural and man-made compliments and contrasts; pockets along the trail are sprinkled with fresh wildflowers that match colorful graffiti on adjacent fences and walls, while busy birds harmonize with the sounds of nearby urbanity. Keep an eye out for an eco-highlight—the Lincoln Elementary School Farm—an edible garden maintained by some of the city’s littlest green thumbs. On your way back, the Marin Headlands and Mount Tam are the backdrop scenery.
From westbound I-580 in Richmond, take the Canal Blvd. exit toward Garrard Blvd. Turn left on Canal Blvd. Turn right at W. Cutting Blvd. Turn left on S. Garrard Blvd. Turn right on Richmond Ave.Park at Point Richmond’s old Santa Fe Train Master’s Station, now a Mechanics Bank. Walk .6 mile up S. Garard Blvd. and take a right onto W. Ohio Ave. To your left you’ll see an abandoned rail corridor: ride east on this undeveloped portion of the Richmond Greenway—shortly thereafter you’ll hit the developed, paved section which runs just over 1 mile each way.