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“A great varied walk, a hidden treasure”

Tennessee Valley Trailhead
Ranked #5 of 30 things to do in Mill Valley
Certificate of Excellence
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San Fran
Level 6 Contributor
148 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 208 helpful votes
“A great varied walk, a hidden treasure”
Reviewed December 19, 2012

Head to the trailhead with a lot of parking. A long gentle downgrade followed by a variety of other trails splitting off, some to the South and some to the North. If you continue West several miles, you reach a lovely small, sheltered beach, which contains fire pits and a portable toilet. I believe this is more used by locals than tourists, but it's a fun hike for pretty much anyone.

Visited December 2012
1 Thank trvlin_man
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San Francisco, California
Level 6 Contributor
136 reviews
39 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
“Outdoorsy heaven”
Reviewed December 16, 2012

It's amazing that this trailhead is only 20 miles from the heart of San Francisco and yet 15 minutes in any direction from the parking lot- peace & quiet & lush nature. Great views, a moderate workout but nothing too strenuous for older kids & able adults. There are so many different looping options I think you'd have to hike 10+ days in a row to repeat anything. And if weather rolls in (typical Marin fog, mist) that changes the look and feel (and temperature!) as well. It can be a little tricky to find so if you're from out of town, get good directions!

Visited December 2012
Thank Kelly P
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Level 2 Contributor
6 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Beautiful Hike”
Reviewed November 21, 2012

Tennessee Valley Trail offers amazing views and different trails based on the duration and difficulty you are looking for in a hike. I go fairly regularly and always enjoy my time there.

Visited September 2012
Thank pinkpolkadot
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san francisco
Level 6 Contributor
154 reviews
60 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
“walk to the beach and hike the headlands”
Reviewed November 15, 2012

this trailhead provides access to a walk-in only beach and all the trails of the Marin Headlands. Love it. Just get there early on a weekend to get a good parking spot.

Visited November 2012
Thank joan g
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glen ellen
Level 5 Contributor
44 reviews
20 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“Surprise in the ocean cove!”
Reviewed October 27, 2012

For the first time visitor the trail leading down to the sea is a fabulous experience. It is probably about a mile and a half, but might be a bit more... it is easy, and bikes are ok. Weekends it will be hard to find parking, so if you can, go here during the week. I especially like to go in the afternoon because there is a unique formation on the cliffs by the sea that sends a shaft of light onto the beach as the sun drops lower in the sky. I don't tell my friends what it is, I just tell them to go there and they will see a surprise, but I want to be sure who ever reads this gets inspired to take the trek. The little valley you trek through also has a small fresh pond that creates a kind of illusion as you approach the ocean, and the grasses, birds, and breezes (or, sometimes strong wind) refresh you. Families and runners, cyclists, people alone, all seem uplifted by this walk. There are many many many great trails and miles of other discoveries, but for the first time, just do down to the sea! There are bathrooms at the parking lot, and bring water...

Visited October 2012
1 Thank elisaGlenEllen
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