Let’s be honest, keeping up with an exercise routine when you have little kids is super tough. But if you have a jogging stroller it becomes a bit easier. No need to plan childcare or join a gym, just toss your stroller in the car and you’re off! Here are 11 places that East Bay parents tell us they like to go running with their strollers.
The Bay Bridge Path (Emeryville)
This reader recommendation is for the ambitious urban runner. Running along the Bay Bridge is a gentle incline until you get to Treasure Island rewarded by a gentle downhill on the way back. Cut the run short by turning around at any point during this out-and-back. The scenery of running over the Bay is always a reward. Start near IKEA or save a mile or two and start at Burma Road where there is 5-hour free parking at Maritime. Or try your luck at the Bay Bridge Trail parking lot, further West on Burma Road toward the Toll Plaza. More info here >
Bay Trail/Pt. Isabel (Emeryville to Richmond)
It’s nice to pick up the Bay Trail at Pt. Isabel (near Costco) and head North, but this road also runs along the waterfront through all of Berkeley and Emeryville. You can start at Golden Gate Fields and head South for an up and back route along the water. Views in the west direction are of the waterfront and San Francisco skyline across the Bay, and to the east: freeway traffic. More info here >
Crown Beach (Alameda)
The Alameda shoreline path is nice and flat, has stunning views, and the parking is pretty easy. What more could you want? Make it a beach day after your workout, if you’re prepared. More about Crown Memorial Beach in Alameda >
Inspiration Point in Tilden Park (Berkeley)
Inspiration Point offers beautiful views and is the trail head for Nimitz Way, a wide path with rolling hills that goes out about 3 miles. This is a reader favorite and a beautiful option for enjoying a paved nature run without the distractions of a city environment. It can get a bit crowded with other hikers though, especially on the weekends. More info here >
Lake Merritt (Oakland)
Another reader favorite, both for convenience and an approachable loop (just over 3 miles), Lake Merritt is a solid choice. Arizmendi Bakery is a tasty option for an after-run coffee and pastry treat (you earned it!). And if you’re in the mood, go on a gnome hunt with a curious toddler after your run >
Lafayette Reservoir (Lafayette)
Pay to park in the lot and then enjoy the warmer temps on the east side of the tunnel or hills, depending on your starting point. The paved Lakeside Trail is under 3 miles and a playground is at the east end of the field. The path isn’t too challenging, with just a few ups and downs. More info here >
Marina Park (San Leandro)
We do like our smooth, flat paths right on the water, and here’s another! There’s also plenty of green space and a playground for a post run snack and play. More info here >
Miller/Knox Regional Shoreline (Richmond)
Another flat waterfront trail with easy parking and a playground. The pathway isn’t always the smoothest, so your kiddo may get a bit of a bumpy ride. Miller/Knox is also a great place to fly a kite, if you’re so inclined. More info here >
Mountain View Cemetery (Piedmont)
Note: this popular destination has been closed to recreational use during the pandemic closures, but it won’t be forever. Just up the hill from Piedmont Ave, this is a stroller friendly destination where you’ll see plenty of people pushing joggers and just strolling along. One edge of the cemetery offers a panoramic view of the Bay Area, and it’s filled with interesting structures. (Don’t miss “Millionaire’s Row”) Check out more places to go with kids in Piedmont >
Ohlone Greenway (Berkeley/Albany/El Cerrito)
This heavily traveled walking and biking path follows underneath the BART tracks from North Berkeley through El Cerrito. Plenty of people-watching and mural spotting for your stroller-bound passenger. Stop at the intersection of Solano and Masonic in Albany for some extra exercise, or a break and a snack.
The running trails are mostly flat with beautiful views of the San Pablo Bay. Make a morning of it with your little one; play at the playground, watch the trains go by, and then play at the beach. Probably best to bring a change of clothes! More info about fun at Point Pinole here >
Did we miss your favorite? Let us know in the comments!