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Encompassing over 25,000 acres of redwood and pine forest, Mount Tamalpais State Park sits on San Francisco's North Bay peninsula. State Highway 1 runs along its western boundaries, making it easy to reach from the nearby towns of San Rafael and Petaluma. In fact, it doesn't matter where you're coming from in California, Mount Tamalpais State Park can provide a tranquil hiking and motorhome camping for just about anybody.
As the name of the park, Mount Tamalpais State Park, suggests, the 2,500 foot Mount Tamalpais is its main feature and remains to be the primary reason why so many choose to book an RV in Marion County. Hiking is one of the main activities that take place in the park, along with cycling and horseback riding. Exploring the wonders of this state park will take no more than a day, which means you'll have plenty of time to explore San Francisco once you're done. So, what are you waiting for, rent a camper near Mount Tamalpais State Park today!
No Mount Tamalpais State Park camping trip would be complete without a good old hike. Even if you don't fancy scaling the full extent of the mountain, there are over 100-miles of paved-trails and dirt tracks to choose from that will take you any which way you fancy. If it's your first time camping at Mount Tamalpais State Park, consider tackling the Trojan Point Trail, a relatively easy hike that rewards hikers with stunning views early on. When you've got a little more time on your hands, East Peak is the trail for you! It's the highest point you can reach on Mount Tamalpais, but do make sure you're well-prepared for the 10-mile round trip.
Cyclists and equestrians RV camping near Mount Tamalpais State Park also have the chance to reach the top of the mountain via one of the many winding tracks. While the cycling tracks are rough and ready and recommended for experienced cyclists only, it's possible to join a horse-riding tour up the mountain which is available for beginner-level visitors. Five Brooks Ranch is the place you'll want to go to organize these trips, or simply rent a horse if you're more experienced.
From the top of the mountain, you'll probably catch a glimpse of the spectacular Stinson Beach, which is the perfect place for a bit of rest and relaxation after a day on the mountain. The soft white sand here is surrounded by striking red cliffs, making this picturesque location popular amongst sunbathers, surfers and beachcombers. If you want to try your hand at surfing, several rental outlets can even give you a quick 30-minute lesson on the board. Otherwise, grab yourself a sunbed and settle in.
Finding somewhere to park your RV rental near Mount Tamalpais State Park can be challenging. Campers will need to head towards San Rafael, which is home to two campgrounds: Marin RV Park and Golden Gate Trailer Park. Both campgrounds offer fantastic amenities as well as close proximity to tonnes of city conveniences. Along with full hook up sites for your rental RV, visitors can make use of the free WiFi connections, laundry rooms, and swimming pools. Those traveling without a self-contained unit can also use the well-maintained washrooms complete with hot showers and flushing toilets.
A second option is to head north from Mount Tamalpais to Samuel Taylor State Park, which is home to a relatively primitive, but stunningly beautiful campground. While there are no hookup facilities here, there are flushing toilets available, a dump station, drinking water tap, and hot showers. Each of the sixty pitches is also all equipped with their own fire ring and picnic table.
When you're looking for a bit of alternative entertainment, you'll actually find the Sidney B Cushing Memorial Amphitheatre within the realms of the park. Built-in the 1930s by the Civilian Conservation Corps, this outdoor theatre continues to entertain more than 4,000 people at once. Several festivals and events, including music, dance, and theatre, are held here throughout the year, so it's worth checking out the schedule ahead of your visit.
San Francisco and its history-rich bay are only a stone's throw away from Mount Tamalpais State Park and worth exploring if you're in the area. One of the city's most popular attractions is the island of Alcatraz, a small island in the San Francisco Bay that was used as a federal prison from 1934 to 1963. It's easy enough to hop on a boat from the mainland either with a tour group or on your own accord. If you do decide to visit by yourself, however, it's well worth grabbing an audio guide when you get to the island. This way, you can understand more about the history behind the buildings that you see.
The Bay Area Discovery Museum is a fantastic option for any young families with a San Francisco camper rental. Located not too far from the Golden Gate Bridge, this educational museum encourages children, from as young as six months old, to get their creative cogs thinking. Children can choose between six different areas: Art Studios, Bay Hall, Discovery Hall, Lookout Cove, Tot Spot, and Fab Lab, all of which are full of interactive exhibits and hands-on workshops.