Escape from the city and head up to Point Pinole Regional Shoreline, a natural haven where efforts are being made to preserve the habitats of many wild creatures while still allowing mindful visitors to take in the beauty of the area. The shoreline is famous for its numerous hiking and walking trails, perfect for exercising your beloved fur-buddy on.
Only one large campsite is available at this park, but it can hold up to 35 campers at one time (and no fewer than 11). Group camping is made easy here, as the site provides 2 BBQs, 3 large picnic tables, and a drinking fountain with a tap right at the lot. There are also 2 toilets for camper use only and a locking storage unit to help stash your goods during your stay. Only 4 vehicles may stay on the campsite, with all others having to purchase a parking pass at $3 per vehicle. The nightly rate for the site is $75.
While staying here, you'll be right beside the pier which leads out onto the water. This makes for an excellent place to go fishing for the bay rays, leopard sharks, flounders, and sturgeon that frequent the shore. A number of trails will take you through the different biomes of the park, but keep in mind you will need to pay $2 to have your pooch join you on your trek.
While on the campsite or in parking lots, management asks that you keep your woofer on a 6-foot leash, though while out on the trails, if you have control of your furry friend, they may go off-leash. However, if on your journey you run into any goats, you must leash your pupper at once so that they do not bother their horned friends. As always, be sure to clean up after your canine during your visit.
For any that would like to get out of Richmond or San Pablo for some outdoor relaxation on your next group outing, Point Pinole Regional Shoreline is a great place to stay.