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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  • We love this place. There are several hikes to beaches and cliff overlook areas. The lighthouse is a big hit. We like to hike to the beaches in morning and evening for the birding along the trails. We...  more »
  • Hearts' Desire Beach and the surrounding forest are true family oriented gems. We walk the Jepson and Johnstone trails regularly [most recently two days ago] and enjoy our encounters with people from ...  more »
  • We did the hike on the Tomales Point Trail. It was 9.4 miles round trip. Beautiful scenery with elk, wild flowers, rolling hills and the ocean. The hike was a little more strenuous than I thought it w...  more »
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  • This is a real gem! I love this whole park, especially the picnic area! Great views, lots of space and bbqs and trails. Hearts desire beach is here. Fee is $8, there is a kiosk that accepts credit cards. Dogs allowed in upper picnic area.
  • Such a beautiful day. Beautiful sand beach. Great place to kayak.
  • Beautiful area with lots to see and do, but be careful and take precautions if you visit here: it's a known tick hot bed, and they even have a sign telling you as much when you first leave the parking lot to hike down to Hearts Desire beach. If you visit here, please spray yourself with DEET and Permethrin dip your clothes. You don't want to get bitten by a tick.
  • Pierce Point is one of my favorite locations for wildlife photography. The Tule Elk are a wonderful animal to just watch or photograph. I can spend hours just sitting on the trail viewing these magnificent animals. Just stay on the trail especially during the mating season when the large bull elk get all puffed up and are running the cow elk around,You don't want too get in between the bulls and the cows as this can be very dangerous. The Tule Elk reserve is a bit of a drive but it's well worth it.
  • Easy kayaking access from Hearts Desire beach. Only $8 entrance fee and plenty of parking on a weekday. I can imagine this place would be very busy on the weekend in mid summer.
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