Rush Creek Open Space Preserve

Rush Creek Open Space Preserve

Rush Creek Open Space Preserve is dog-friendly preserve that allows leashed dogs on the trails. Located in northern Novato, the preserve can be seen from Highway 101.

Broad, level Pinheiro Fire Road is popular with hikers, bikers, and equestrians. It offers unimpeded views of a large wetland managed by the California Department of Fish and Game.

Less frequently traveled trails on the upper slopes boast groves of manzanita, and stands of black oak and California bay.

Marshland, tidal flats, and woodlands make this one of the best birding locations in the North Bay, with close to 200 regularly occurring species.

From Hwy 101 in Novato, take exit 463 for Atherton Ave east. Turn left onto Binford Rd. The gate is on the right.

Keep an eye out for foxtails and check your dog over for ticks after your hike. No water or restrooms are available.