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“Sheltered beach with easy walks”

Tomales Bay State Park
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US$195.00*
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Ranked #1 of 3 things to do in Inverness
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Owner description: Encompasses beaches, a majestic forest, leisure hikes and wild animals.
Reviewed 9 April 2017

I was privileged to visit Tomales Bay State Park on a weekday during March. It was green and lovely to walk from one pocket beach to the other. I drove into the parking lot at Heart's Desire Beach and from there walked out towards the Pacific on the nature trail to Indian Beach, where two small structures represented Miwok dwellings. I then went back inland to Pebble Beach where a creek flows into the bay. There were wildflowers everywhere. The moss was green in the woods and the sun gentle on the beach. The intense winds of Point Reyes were blocked by the Inverness Ridge and it was excellent for sun bathing. The Vista Point picnic area was a perfect place to stop and look toward the opening of Tomales Bay. Although the state parks website cautions that the parking lot fills early on a holiday, weekend or summer day it was essentially empty on a spring weekday. Make plans to come off peak and enjoy a beautiful day at the beaches. Allocate at least 2 to 3 hours to enjoy the peace of the woods and the bay.
Heart's Desire Beach is accessible to those with mobility problems but the walks are not. The beaches are free but parking is paid to the State Parks.

1  Thank nathanall
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Reviewed 7 March 2017

loved the wide open coast view. elk and the animals, long walks in fresh ocean air. February was a good time to travel. whales can be observed.

Thank nado_11
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Reviewed 5 January 2017

The drive out to Pierce Point Ranch is beautiful if that's all you do, although you could stop for lunch in Inverness, picnic at Heart's Desire Beach or just continue on to explore the historic ranch. From the Pierce Point parking lot you can venture as far as you'd like on trails that lead out to the point (almost 10 miles). For a shorter hike the trail is easy and passes through farmland with amazing views of the Pacific. Walk as far as you like and turn back if you aren't up for walking the whole trail. This is the Tule Elk preserve so expect to see Elk up close and personal.

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Reviewed 30 October 2016

Lots of gorgeous beaches, some one accessible by hiking in. Since they are on Tomales Bay they are great for swimming, especially for kids. Took a nice hike. Wish we had had more time to spend there. Very uncrowded mid-week in Oct. even though it was a sunny, warmish day.

Thank AlaskansinOR
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Reviewed 4 September 2016 via mobile

The trees that formed the canopy entrance surely set the stage for a stimulating and peaceful visit. We kept having to stop along the way in to take one more picture of the vista or another picturesque tree.

Thank JoanneHPG
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