Fun Things to Do in Knowland Park

You’re limited only by your imagination, in a wonderful place like Knowland Park. But here are a few activities we know are worthwhile, from personal experience.

Enjoy the view: Grab a blanket, a bottle of wine and a loaf of good bread. Hike to the top of Heart Attack Hill, and gaze out across the Bay. Be sure to pack out any trash—there is no trash pickup; it is done by neighbors and park users.

Fly a Kite: Knowland has great kite flying opportunities whether the wind is coming off the Bay or from the East. Watch out for the holes of pocket gophers which can trip you up!

Go Birdwatching: Grab a pair of binoculars and your bird book. Knowland is a great place to see a variety of birds, including migrating species and year-round raptors and songbirds.

Explore and Observe: Knowland is a fabulous space for kids to explore. The rocky outcrops are great for imaginative play and there are so many places to discover. Try seeing who can find the smallest plant. Or how many types of insects you can see. At different seasons there are wildflowers, butterflies, tadpoles, and many other creatures to see.

Look Up Above: Knowland is a wonderful place for stargazing and owl watching.

Watch the Sunsets: Every night they’re different.

Photograph the Park: From enormous views to tiny wildflowers, Knowland is a photographer’s paradise. The light is especially lovely in early morning and late afternoon.

Dogs: Knowland Park is popular with dog owners, and assurance that people would be able to continue walking dogs there under voice control was part of the 1998 Memorandum of Understanding with the Zoo. However, there are no poop bag dispensers or trash receptacles, so if you go, please be a responsible dog owner and observe the rules that help keep Knowland Park beautiful for all:

  • Bring plastic bags and pick up after your pet.
  • Remember there are rare plants in the park as well as creatures who make it their home – discourage your dog from digging and do not permit dogs to chase wildlife.
  • Keep your dog on the trails to avoid encounters with skunks and predators.
  • As always, keep your dog under your control at all times.

Note: As stated in Oakland’s city ordinance 6.04.080 Oakland Municipal Code (OMC), it is illegal to walk dogs in any Oakland city park, except for the following:

  1. Joaquin Miller and Leona Parks east of Mountain Boulevard,
  2. Dimond Park east of El Centro Avenue,
  3. Knowland Park east of Golf Links Road,
  4. Glen Daniel/King Estate Park north of Fontaine Street,
  5. the Montclair Railroad Trail,
  6. Mosswood Park,
  7. on designated hardscape paths at the Broadway entrance nearest to 1-580 overpass,
  8. the West MacArthur Boulevard entrance at Shafter Avenue,
  9. the Webster Street entrance at 36th Street.

Also, off-leash dog-walking is illegal anywhere in Oakland, except for these parks:

  1. Hardy Park,
  2. Mosswood Park,
  3. the Joaquin Miller dog play area.

The city ordinance cited above states, in reference to both of the above proscriptions, “Additional areas may be added as authorized in writing or resolution by the Parks and Recreation Advisory Commission and then as amended therein.”