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Tomales Bay State Park, Inverness

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Tomales Bay State Park is a California state park in Marin County, California. It consists of approximately 2,000 acres (8 km²) divided between two areas, one on the west side of Tomales Bay and the other on the east side. The main area, on the west, is part of the Point Reyes peninsula, and adjacent to Point Reyes National Seashore, which is operated by the U.S. National Park Service. The park is approximately 40 miles (64 km) north of San Francisco.HistoryThe area was the habitat of the Coast Miwok people for several thousand years before the arrival of Europeans. British explorer Sir Francis Drake landed in the area in 1579. About 25 years later, Spanish explorer Sebastián Vizcaíno landed in the area and named it "La Punta de Los Tres Reyes" ("Point of the Three Kings"), a reference to the Feast of the Three Kings. The name was later anglicized to Point Reyes.Most of Point Reyes remained undeveloped because of its remote location; the main part of the peninsula hosts a number of agricultural uses, particularly dairy operations. Some of the beach areas on Tomales Bay began to be purchased by private parties, and in order to secure public access to the Bay, conservation groups and the state of California also purchased property, and the state park was opened on November 8, 1952. When most of the rest of Point Reyes was incorporated into Point Reyes National Seashore, Tomales Bay State Park remained in the state park system.
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  • 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...  more »
  • 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.  more »
  • 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....  more »