Outdoor Living in San Rafael

Outdoor Living in San Rafael

Many residents who live in San Rafael love spending time outdoors and there are many facilities where they can take advantage of the lovely weather and outdoor air. If you are looking to join the great number of people who are already spending their free time outdoors, be sure to check out popular spots in the area.

China Camp

There’s a lot of history built in this location and you can learn more about the dark history between the Chinese immigrants who once lived here and the United States when you visit the small museum. You will Screen Shot 2015-04-11 at 11.18.47 PMstill be able to see many remnants of the shrimping industry that was once prevalent here and many people take advantage of the many campgrounds that are in the Back Ranch Meadows area. You can also spend time at the small beach where several picnic areas are available.

San Pedro Mountain

Screen Shot 2015-04-11 at 11.24.32 PMThis impressive beauty offers a number of activities, such as hiking, horseback riding and mountain biking. Nature lovers will also love the variety of birds and wildlife that are in the area as well as the view of the Redwoods. This is also a popular area to visit during the spring because of the wildflowers that appear during this time. Dogs can also accompany their owners into this area, but they must be kept on a leash at all times.

Terra Linda/Sleepy Hollow Divide

One of the most popular attractions in this area is the unique collection of birds that call this park home. Bird watchers can enjoy seeing western bluebirds, tree swallows and ash-throated flycatchers. Hiking, horseback riding and mountain biking are also available and popular, but designated hiking trails have not been Screen Shot 2015-04-11 at 11.27.50 PMestablished. The long roads along the ridges, however, make for excellent hiking experiences.

San Margarita Island

Originally, a development plan had been put in place to build a city similar to Venice, Italy. After plans fell through, this fantastic area was created. There is quite a bit of open space to enjoy on the island. Visitors can enjoy a number of water activities, such as fishing, kayaking and canoeing, but there are also hiking activities available as well. This area also attracts many interesting wildlife breeds and those who visit will have plenty of plant and tree species to enjoy as well.

Santa Venetia MarshScreen Shot 2015-04-11 at 11.42.44 PM

The marsh was created in the 1900s when the area around it was leveled for development purposes. Locals also love spending time at the Santa Venetia Marsh and it is a fantastic location for those who enjoy hiking, jogging or walking outdoors on a level and clear path. With this location, you can also enjoy fishing, kayaking and canoeing, but mountain bikers can also find plenty to do here as well.


These protected areas offer everything that residents of San Rafael need to enjoy outdoor living. Pets are also welcome, but it is important that you follow all dog walking policies so that all residents and pets are safe and protected. Don’t miss out on these fantastic opportunities when you are considering spending a bit of time outside in the future.

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