Marin County

Rocky Point
Parks
Marin County
Imagine yourself on the coast of Scotland. At this glorious, rocky bluff off Highway 1 near Stinson Beach you can park and hike down to Red Rock Beach. The Pacific roars, winds stir the chaparral, and if you make reservations far in advance you can spend the night at rustic...
Cloud hovers over the Golden Gate Bridge
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Marin County
No beach in the world has a view like this. From its sandy shore just west of the north side of the Golden Gate Bridge, look east to a stunning panorama of the city. The mile-long path to Kirby Cove is steep, passing through eucalyptus groves. Limited parking. Camping reservations...
Martinelli Ranch
Parks
Marin County
Drink in a sweeping view of Tomales Bay from this 259-acre park overlooking grasslands, creeks, and tidelands, out to Point Reyes and the Pacific. A short 0.5-mile hike leads you to a dramatic promontory above the water.
Welcome to Olema Valley
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Marin County
You're in another world here, a picture-perfect rural valley bordering both the Golden Gate National Parks and Point Reyes National Seashore. This pastoral landscape stretches for nine miles, its ribbon of Highway 1 unspooling between the slopes of Bolinas and Inverness Ridge. Here you have an opportunity to experience two...
Wildlife of Point Reyes National Seashore
Parks
Marin County
Endlessly explore the vast wilds here, one of the most stunning oceanfront parks in the world. This 70,000-acre peninsula north of San Francisco stretches from the wild and wind-chilled great beaches on the northwest side (where Sir Francis Drake landed in 1567) across forested ridges to the south. Find plentiful...
Muir Woods walk
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Marin County
People do not just visit Muir Woods. They come from around the globe to pay homage to nature in this cathedral of redwoods. The trees' ages range from 400 to 800 years, their height up to 250 feet. Flat easy trails loop through the groves and across creeks. Parking can be an issue.
Stinson Beach
Parks
Marin County
Amble along the alabaster sands here, one of the most perfect beaches on the California coast. Find it 35 minutes north of the Golden Gate Bridge via Highway 1, which unwinds atop heart-stopping cliffs. Stinson's long sandy strand is an outstanding spot for swimming and surfing (a wetsuit helps) as...
Tour at the Point Bonita Lighthouse
Parks
Marin County
Yes, this lighthouse at the southwest tip of the Marin Headlands is still active and maintained by the U.S. Coast Guard. Getting there is a challenge. Parking is limited and the 0.5-mile walk is steep and precarious. This spot, at the "world's end," is ruggedly beautiful. Nearby, old army buildings...
Hiking in Tennessee Valley
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Marin County
Offering more of a stroll than a hike, the two-mile trail that meanders through the meadows of this serene valley leads you to bluffs overlooking the Pacific. There you'll several fine sand beaches and the Pacific's shattering surf.
Fort Cronkhite
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Marin County
Explore this remarkable environmental makeover near the Marin Headlands coastline. Formerly an army installation, Fort Cronkhite at the end of the Rodeo Valley is now a magnet for science and the arts.