A 21 mile driving tour from Point Reyes National Seashore to the town of Tomales.
Just across the Golden Gate Bridge from San Francisco, fifth-generation sheep rancher Bill Jensen guides recalcitrant lambs through a foot bath. A few miles down the road, Bob Giacomini checks out his high-tech milking barn. Bill and Bob are part of a rich agricultural community of dairy farmers, cattle and sheep ranchers and oyster growers in West Marin County. How was this rural paradise, so close to a major metropolitan area, saved from development? A lot of the credit goes to two women who came up with a unique idea...
Point Reyes National Seashore
Start at the parking lot in front of the Bear Valley Visitor Center in the Point Reyes National Seashore.
The visitor center is located at 1 Bear Valley Road, a half-mile west of Highway 1 (Shoreline Highway) and the town of Olema. From Point Reyes Station, drive south on Highway 1 for 2.2 miles, turn right on Bear Valley Road and go 0.5 mile until you reach the Bear Valley Visitor Center entrance on the left.
Places to stop along the way:
The Point Reyes National Seashore headquarters, the town of Point Reyes Station, Millerton Point pull-out, the town of Marshall, the town of Tomales
Best time to walk:
These are curvy country roads. Driving the speed limit is a good idea. And PLEASE watch for bicyclists!
This is the story of a magnificent park and its odd relationship with the dairy ranches that are part of it.
“Cows in a park?” you might ask? Well, yes. They were here long before the Point Reyes National Seashore Park was formed. And they are... More»