There are many wonderful places to go on walks in the East Bay. Nature jaunts within the many East Bay Regional Parks, and architectural walks through gorgeous old neighborhoods, will entice you to while away the better half of the day.
When in the mood to get away from it all, I usually head to one of the beautiful East Bay Regional Parks that reside within the Oakland hills.
One of my favorites is Redwood Regional park, where you can really feel miles away from the urban hubub. Beautiful old Redwoods and grassy meadows make it a perfect place to hike, workout, picnic or just play with your kids in an oxygen rich and car free zone.
Equally as beautiful, is Joaquin Miller park just south of Montclair on Highway 13. This park provides wonderful hiking trails, gorgeous fountains, and an ideal play area for kids to swing and slide. Backed by the gorgeous Woodminister Theater, it offers glimpses into nature, history, architecture and more.
When in the mood for easy access walking with inspiration, I find myself driving over to Piedmont for the most spectacular architecturally inspired walks/workouts. There is beauty everywhere in the lavish, pristine neighborhoods within Piedmont. Some of the best examples of late 19th, early 20th century architecture to be found in the Bay Area and grand estates and homes that rival those seen in great hollywood films, will keep you walking for miles.
Piedmont also offers beautiful city parks such as Piedmont park and Dracena park, that showcase some of the most beautiful old land/trees in the Bay Area. It's great to take the kids to Mulberry Market for a sandwich and treat and head over to one of the parks for a picnic in paradise.