Explore the S.S. Point Reyes Shipwreck
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Added by Gaby Colletta
Explore the shipwreck of a 380-foot cargo steamship that grazed the land of Inverness over 100 years ago
Explore the shipwreck of the S.S. Point Reyes, perched on a sand bar off the shoreline of Tomales Bay. It is located in the small town of Inverness, just behind the grocery store. If you are driving North on Sir Francis Drake Blvd it will be on your right side. Parking is easy and you will see a small picnic area just footsteps away from the abandoned boat.
This is a great little detour if you are exploring Point Reyes for the day. Plan for a 10 minute pull-over. Great spot for photo buffs - beautiful rusting colors, with the backdrop of low-tide wetlands. You can hop inside the boat, too, where you'll find some interesting graffiti.
Recommend shooting around sunset - the golden hour light makes reflections quite lovely.
Nearby attractions: A beautiful tunnel of Cyprus Trees 10 minutes away. The Pt Reyes Shoreline and Lighthouse.
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I decided to drive up to the Point Reyes Shipwreck to see it before it was removed. It was such an iconic and unique part of the landscape and it was disheartening to see it partially burned up. Glad I made the trip out here! The small town of Inverness is a great little stop on the way to Cypress Tree Tunnel as well.
Great Place - Gone
this place is one of my favorite photo spots on the coast. But recently someone decided to try and spin steal wool off of the boat, burning the back and. Because of someone's stupid actions they are going to remove the shipwreck. So if you are planning on adventuring out to the wreck VISIT IT SOON!
Great Landmark Ruined
Sadly, as others have noted, the back portion of the ship has been burned down. Some photographer doing a technique called spinning steel wool lit it on fire one night in February 2016 and it caught on fire. The ship was already in disrepair, but this made it significantly worse. However, The bow of the ship is still in good shape. Still worth visiting, but not as good as it used to be.
With easy parking right off the main highway, it is a quick and must see spot! I also would add that you should absolutely try and go at high tide as the reflections add a really beautiful element.
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This is a great find. We saw it on the map it was on the way from Mendocino to our next stop, Napa Valley. So glad we took the time to visit.