Point Reyes National Seashore

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135 mi 218 km of trail 7 Featured Hikes

Gems 7 Gems Easy Trails 42 Trails Intermediate Trails 28 Trails Hard Trails 0 Trails

From its scenic open grasslands, forested ridges, and brushy hillsides to its expansive sandy beaches and rocky headlands, Point Reyes offers a varied and stunning diversity of over 1,500 species of plants and animals. Whether you are taking in the views while hiking along the inland trails or listening to the thunderous ocean breakers on the rugged shoreline, you are certain to be amazed by the diversity of this seashore. The park was also home to several cultures over thousands of years and preserves the rich tapestry of stories from these various inhabitants and their interactions with the landscape and each other. Point Reyes awaits your exploration!

To learn more about Point Reyes National Seashore, visit www.nps.gov.

Local Info

Visitor Centers:
All Visitor Centers are open year round, but are closed December 25. Visitor centers may close at 2 pm on Thanksgiving and Christmas Eve. Hours for each visitor center vary by season; visit the Point Reyes website for current hours and more information.
  • Bear Valley Visitor Center
  • Lighthouse Visitor Center
  • Kenneth C. Patrick Visitor Center

Visiting Tips

Point Reyes National Seashore is open daily from sunrise to midnight, 365 days a year. Overnight camping is available by permit only.

Fees & Passes:
There is no entrance fee for Point Reyes National Seashore; however, there are some fee-based services.

To find out more about park fees, click here.

Camping & Lodging

Point Reyes National Seashore offers year-round backcountry hike-in camping along Drakes Bay and in the Phillip Burton Wilderness and boat-in camping on the west shore of Tomales Bay. Because of its location near the Metropolitan San Francisco Bay Area, the campsites at Point Reyes are in great demand, and reservations are strongly suggested. Reservations may be made online at www.recreation.gov or by calling 877-444-6777 (TDD: 877-833-6777). Fees are: $20 per night (1 to 6 people), $40 per night (7 to 14 people), $50 per night (15 to 25 people).

  • Coast Camp: Twelve individual sites and two group sites.
  • Glen Camp: Twelve individual sites and no group sites.
  • Sky Camp: Eleven individual sites and one group site.
  • Wildcat Camp: Five individual sites and three group sites. Three of the individual sites only hold up to four people.
  • Tomales Bay: Twenty permits are available each day. Nine to parties of 1 to 6 people, 8 to parties of 7 to 14 people, and 3 to parties of 15 to 25 people.

The only lodging within Point Reyes National Seashore is the Point Reyes Hostel which offers dormitory style accommodations, as well as four private rooms. There are also many other nearby camping opportunities in the surrounding communities.

Outfitters, Tours, & Shuttles

Guided Tours:
Point Reyes National Seashore offers a variety of ranger-led programs highlighting the natural and cultural history of the park. Programs are offered each weekend on both Saturdays and Sundays throughout the year and are often offered weekdays during summer, winter, and spring breaks. Visit the park's website for more information on the current programs and to check out the event calendar.

Shuttles:
On weekends and holidays from late December through mid-April, when visitation by whale watchers to the Point Reyes Lighthouse area is heavy, visitors may be required to ride a shuttle bus from Drakes Beach to the Lighthouse and Chimney Rock areas. The Lighthouse shuttle bus system usually begins on the last Saturday of December and continues through late March or mid April. Tickets are available for purchase at the Kenneth C. Patrick Visitor Center from 9:30 am to 3 pm.

Maps & Guidebooks

To download a free park brochure or visitor guide, click here.

Food & Drink

Point Reyes National Seashore is conveniently located by one of the United States' culinary meccas, San Francisco! If you're staying in the Bay Area, be sure to take advantage of the local cuisine. If you're looking for a bite while in or near the park itself, the National Park Service has also compiled a list of options.

After the Hike: Local Favorites

Bovine Bakery Morning buns are great...especially when they are still warm.
Cafe Reyes Try the Pizza Margherita - With prosciutto.
Tomales Bay Oyster Company Small oysters are big, no need to grab Mediums! If tables are full and the wait is long, take oysters to go. Invest in a good shucker! Seriously, do it.
15479 Hwy 1, Marshall CA — (415) 663-1242
Olema Farm House Restaurant You must have their grilled corn on the cobb and their burger was to die for..: Such a pleasant experience. Perfect lunch on a perfect day. Ask for Christa she made our day.
Sir And Star at the Olema Come hungry. Have the Chef's dinner on Sat. You'll have things you'd never thought you eat & you won't be disappointed.
Rancho Nicasio Restaurant Butter lettuce salad with point reyes blue cheese and candied walnuts. The salmon's amazing too.
Arti Cafe Some of the best Indian I've had anywhere. You won't be sorry that you stopped here.
Tomales Bakery The smells and tastes are divine! Great Sandwiches!
27000 Highway 1, Tomales CA — (707) 878-2429
Woodacre Country Market & Deli There are so many good treats and healthy fresh cooked meals in here. I can recommend the carrot cake and coffee.
JJ's Burger Joint Great burgers. Southern bbq is my favorite
2031 Novato Blvd, Novato CA — (415) 895-6677
The Lunch Box Salmon Po' Boy is a winner. Cooked to order, and to perfection!
Breakers Cafe Over priced and underwhelming
Parkside Cafe Best Fish and Chips ever!!!!
The Siren Canteen The frozen #margarita, which you can pick-up and then take to watch the sunset. #californiagirl
Stinson Beach, Bolinas CA — (415) 868-1777
Bodega Country Store The Birds! Alfred Hitchcock's famous movie was filmed here in the town of Bodega, as well as nearby Bodega Bay. See the collection of movie memorabilia inside. 50th Anniversary of the movie is 2013.
17190 Bodega Hwy, Bodega CA — (707) 377-4056
Fishetarian Calm chowder good, Maui wowie oysters good, BBQ oysters good. Crab sandwich above average. Great staff! Worth a visit !
Gourmet au Bay Wine flights, although the Locu menu is out of date -- wine is $9, whether by the glass or trio of 2 oz tastes
Avatar's Punjabi Burritos Great curried sweet potato burrito with chicken!!
15 Madrona St, Mill Valley CA — (415) 381-8293
La Ginestra Definitely one of my fav pizzas... Sausage and Mushroom :-) !!

Other Activities

Whether hiking, bicycling, horseback riding, fishing kayaking, or camping, there are many ways to explore the park. Additionally, the region surrounding Point Reyes is ripe with opportunity for all kinds of activities. The NPS has compiled a great list of nearby attractions which details other parks in the area as well as other educational opportunities.

The Bay Area also has some amazing opportunities for mountain biking. Check out MTB Project for all the maps you need to get out and ride!

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Bolinas, CA
0.4 mi 0.6 km Bolinas, CA
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#2 Coast Trail - North
Lagunitas-Forest Knolls, CA
10.6 mi 17.1 km Lagunitas-Forest Knolls, CA
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Inverness, CA
1.0 mi 1.6 km Inverness, CA
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0.9 mi 1.5 km
#4 Chimney Rock
Inverness, CA
0.9 mi 1.5 km Inverness, CA
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4.2 mi 6.8 km
#5 Bear Valley
Inverness, CA
4.2 mi 6.8 km Inverness, CA
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#6 Abbotts Lagoon
Inverness, CA
1.6 mi 2.5 km Inverness, CA
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Bolinas, CA
5.7 mi 9.3 km Bolinas, CA
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#8 Mt Wittenberg
Lagunitas-Forest Knolls, CA
2.1 mi 3.4 km Lagunitas-Forest Knolls, CA
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0.6 mi 0.9 km
#9 Earthquake Trail
Inverness, CA
0.6 mi 0.9 km Inverness, CA
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#10 Estero
Inverness, CA
9.3 mi 15.0 km Inverness, CA
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#11 Bucklin
Inverness, CA
2.4 mi 3.9 km Inverness, CA
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#12 Sunset Beach
Inverness, CA
1.6 mi 2.6 km Inverness, CA
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#13 Kehoe Beach
Inverness, CA
0.6 mi 1.0 km Inverness, CA
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#14 McClures Beach
Inverness, CA
0.4 mi 0.6 km Inverness, CA
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#15 Horse
Inverness, CA
3.8 mi 6.1 km Inverness, CA
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#16 Ocean Lake Loop
Bolinas, CA
1.1 mi 1.8 km Bolinas, CA
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#17 Greenpicker
Lagunitas-Forest Knolls, CA
3.5 mi 5.7 km Lagunitas-Forest Knolls, CA
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#18 Sky
Inverness, CA
5.9 mi 9.5 km Inverness, CA
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#19 Drakes Head Trail
Inverness, CA
1.2 mi 2.0 km Inverness, CA
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6.9 mi 11.1 km
#20 Stewart
Lagunitas-Forest Knolls, CA
6.9 mi 11.1 km Lagunitas-Forest Knolls, CA
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