Novato, California 94947
Local Phone: (415) 473-2816
Marin County Parks Open Space Leash Policy: Dogs on leash are welcome to enjoy trails. Dogs are allowed off-leash under strict voice control on fire protection roads. Please follow posted rules.
This 115 acre preserve in western Novato protects a ridge that runs between two developed valleys. Several trails originate in these neighborhoods and connect to the Verissimo Hills Trail that runs along the ridge until it dead-ends at the top of the easternmost hill.
The Stafford Lake Trail (which is part of the Bay Area Ridge Trail) runs along the west boundary and connects to the Little Mountain Preserve in the north and the Indian Tree Preserve across Vineyard Road to the south. The habitats here are predominantly grassland mixed with oak/bay woodlands.
From Hwy 101 in Novato, take the Atherton Ave/San Marin Dr exit west on San Marin Ave (San Marin Ave becomes Sutro Ave after Novato Blvd junction) and turn right onto Oak Valley Dr. Trailhead is at the end.
Help us keep this trail beautiful and dog-friendly:
• Always follow the posted rules as they may have changed
• If in off-leash area, keep your dog under voice command
• Respect and protect wildlife and habitats
• Pack in and pack out, leaving only paw prints