Swim at the Inkwells

The Inkwells - Search Nearby - Added by Tyler Drake

The Inkwells are natural swimming pools just east of Samuel P. Taylor State Park in West Marin. The pools are filled with water flowing down from Kent Lake. It's a great place to get refreshed after a long hike or just to cool off. You're ~15 minutes from Fairfax, so grab lunch and head out there. Duration: A couple hours.

These natural swimming holes are filled with water flowing from Kent Lake, so they're usually pretty refreshing. And by refreshing, we mean cold. We know this first-hand by testing the pools in the winter months. Let's just say if you can stay in for more than 5 seconds, you're a hero. If you jump off the rocks, do so from the far side (furthest from Sir Francis Drake Blvd), it's deepest on that side.

This spot can get crowded during the summer months with campers at Samuel P. Taylor and the generally high temperatures in the area. On the other side of Sir Francis Drake Blvd (SFD), there's a parking lot, but parking is only allowed for 1 hour. Look on the side of the road for pullouts, where you can stay for longer periods of time.

After you're done hanging out and sufficiently cooled, head back toward fairfax on SFD. On your right-hand side, there's a family-run bar, Papermill Creek Saloon, to stop in and grab a cold one.

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If you go in the winter, be prepared for a very, very quick dip. In mid January, those pools aren't warm. With that said, on a hot day/after a long hike, this a great spot to cool off.

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