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Beyond the Trail: 5 Unique Adventures in Marin County

Give your hiking boots a break.

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It's no secret that Marin County, just north of San Francisco, is a happening adventure destination. The terrain—green hills and craggy mountains leading to oceanside cliffs and sandy beaches—is remarkable as it is, but it is made even more noteworthy by its close proximity to a major city. You could be eating burritos in the Mission District, and find yourself sunning on Muir Beach less than an hour later.

How's that for awesome?

Marin is known for its fantastic hiking, but there are many more unique adventures to be had. We teamed up with the crew at the Marin Visitors Bureau to get the scoop on the best places to explore Marin...no hiking boots required.

Adventure by Nelson Eng

Kayaking Tomales Bay is spectacular any time, but for something extra-special, book a trip with a local outfitter to paddle at night during a bioluminescence event. It's an experience you'll never forget.

Adventure by Joshua Contois

Want to get away from it all for a night or two? Book one of the cabins at Steep Ravine Environmental Campground. These rustic cabins are right on the ocean, but close enough to town to pop in for coffee and croissants. Does it get any better?

Adventure by Matt Moser

Pedal your way around Marin County with this 37-mile loop that connects Fairfax, Nicasio, and Point Reyes Station. The roads in Marin are a cyclists dream...curvy, hilly, and full of great scenery. Stop by Bovine Bakery in Point Reyes Station for a ginger cookie!

Adventure by Christian Arballo

When is the last time you went camping along the ocean and had a city view? Never? Experience this and more at this small, four-site campground just across the Golden Gate Bridge from San Francisco. 

Adventure by Liam McNally

Experienced rock climbers won't want to miss the chance to do some sport climbing at Mickey's Beach. Most routes are in the 5.12s and 5.13s range, but there are a few 5.10s's as well. Be sure to time your climb for low tide, otherwise, the belay spots will be underwater.

Looking for more adventures in Marin County? We have you covered.

Cover photo by Joel Bear

We want to acknowledge and thank the past, present, and future generations of all Native Nations and Indigenous Peoples whose ancestral lands we travel, explore, and play on. Always practice Leave No Trace ethics on your adventures and follow local regulations. Please explore responsibly!

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