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Marin County Open Space District

Room 415, Civic Center Drive, San Rafael, CA 94903
+1 415-499-6387
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Breath Taking

Wonderful for photographers. Hiking and Biking. Nature at its best. Surround by wildlife. Do be... read more

Reviewed 10 October 2017
Leigha F
Oakland, California
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Well Marin has a lot of open space. Thankfully, the planners planned well. Some of my favorites... read more

Reviewed 14 September 2017
Timothy T
San Rafael, California
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Room 415, Civic Center Drive, San Rafael, CA 94903
+1 415-499-6387
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Reviewed 10 October 2017

Wonderful for photographers. Hiking and Biking. Nature at its best. Surround by wildlife. Do be aware of the homeless that are in the hills.

Thank Leigha F
Reviewed 14 September 2017

Well Marin has a lot of open space. Thankfully, the planners planned well. Some of my favorites are the trails behind the College of Marin in Novato. The bayshore trails are also great for birding. All depends on the time of year and what you...More

Thank Timothy T
Reviewed 28 June 2017

When I purchased my beautiful home in Pacheco Valle back in 1994, one of the first things I did beyond moving in and decorating my new home was to participate in putting 600+ acres into the Marin Agricultural Land Trust so that it would be...More

Thank blissfulliving
Reviewed 8 December 2016

The MCOSD does a wonderful job keeping the public informed about Open Space activities and regulations. The naturalist hikes are excellent and they attract an interesting mix of people who appreciate the outdoor opportunities the county offers.

Thank Zin3
Reviewed 13 October 2016

Marin's extensive Open Space is part of the reason this place is so special. One can find some close access point almost anywhere in the county. We use the OS to be able to walk from town to town with barely any road time, so...More

Thank Nancy E
Reviewed 29 September 2016

Marin has had one of the earliest centers of the conservation movement, by preserving the hilltops and ridgelines from development, has kept Marin like one large park. Not always popular, they don't win every battle, but they have done a wonderful job of keeping Marin...More

Thank Norma W
Reviewed 27 April 2016

Marin County is trying to stem the tide of development to preserve Open Space for all of it's population and visitors. Places like Muir Woods, Mt. Tamalpais watershed and other green areas are being protected by legislation so that greedy developers can not put housing...More

Thank Lindathesilkpainter
Reviewed 7 March 2016 via mobile

We visit open space several times a week. Being trail runners, it's nice to have so many trails, and so much public access to undeveloped areas. I tend to take this for granted sometimes. Make no mistake, land isn't as accessible in other areas. Get...More

Thank david a
Reviewed 12 September 2015

Hiking trails galore and open to the public. Get a map and go on a hike. The hikes speak for themselves and are dog friendly

Thank FoodWineFunSF
Reviewed 5 August 2015

I live right next to Marin Open Space and go hiking in it almost every day. Depending on where you are (I'm in Lucas Valley) you can take all sorts of trails, some high up on ridges overlooking the Bay Area. One time the air...More

Thank Craig T
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