Marin County Parks

By: DogTrekker Staff
View of Mount Tam in Marin County
Photo by Nathan Barteau.
What would Marin County be without its parks? Forty years ago, as residents watched subdivisions creep up hillsides and across ridges, local leaders started a heroic movement to preserve natural lands and family farms—a movement that resulted in the creation of the Marin County Open Space District. The district, together with the county parks department, is now known as Marin County Parks.

Marin hikes are the most viewed activity month after month on, for good reason. Today, the Marin County Open Space District administers 34 preserves—all but one of them dog-friendly—totaling more than 200 miles of trails for locals and visitors to enjoy. To find a park or open space, check out the guide on, which includes descriptions, distances, difficulty levels, maps and more.


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