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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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  • 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 »
  • 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. ...  more »
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  • It's like a magical hobbit forest. I trail poached many times illegal to bikes but winter rainy days no one is there.great place to kayak/canoe put in. I stay close to shore because you see great white sharks out in deeper water. A few miles north is a abandoned hippy artist commune with apple and plum trees. Like stepping back in time.
  • Hiking out to the point is a great day trip from the bay!
  • Awesome!:) It's a good place for picnics,sight seeing,trail and walking distance to the beach!:)
  • Heart's Desire Beach is wonderful! And 2 Easy hiking trails on either side of the main beach lead to other beaches. There are some wooden wikiups at one and you can see stone shards from native rock shaping. The other is smaller and more intimate with some amazing moss covered trees up the hill. An enchanting place. My favorite in the entire bay area. A perfect picnic spot and often there are interesting birds around. Dress in layers and wear or bring a swim suit. The water can be surprisingly warm in summer. Keep an eye out for jellyfish though. Many have a painful sting. I've seen several differents types here but they usually come in big 'herds' and are easy to see. I would reccomend this spot to any nature/beach lover. Great spot to take off for kayaking too.
  • Great for lazying on the beach and kayaking