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Point Reyes National Seashore

1 Bear Valley Rd, Point Reyes Station, California 94956 USA

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“A Natural Sanctuary, A Human Haven”

From its thunderous ocean breakers crashing against rocky headlands and expansive sand beaches to its open grasslands, brushy hillsides, and forested ridges, Point Reyes offers visitors over 1500 species of plants and animals to discover. One of the seashore's most sought after sites is the wreck of the Point Reyes, a fishing vessel that has become a popular subject for adventurous photographers. Little is known about the ship's history or what caused the wreck, which has only led to it's mystique. As if that wasn't enough, there are even rumours that the Point Reyes is haunted.. Home to several cultures over thousands of years, the Seashore preserves a tapestry of stories and interactions of people. Point Reyes awaits your exploration.Point Reyes National Seashore is a 70000 acre park preserve located on the Point Reyes Peninsula in Marin County, California, USA. As a national seashore, it is maintained by the US National Park Service as a nationally important nature preserve within which existing agricultural uses are allowed to continue.

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Reviewed by
victoria.kelly

  • 5 Reviews
  • 5 Helpful
October 28, 2013

beautiful drive....stranded ship on lead page is easily found in inverness, california on sir frances drake blvd off highway 1....as you come into the town you will see the inverness store, take the laneway on the further side, you will see the ship from there...make sure you also go to the lighthouse at the point and listen for the sea lions on the rocks below

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Reviewed by
Tana.AJN

  • 4 Reviews
  • 2 Helpful
August 03, 2015
Rated 5.0

I took the hiking path starting from the Bear Valley Trail and 'ended' at Kelham Beach. From what I've heard, the Bear Valley Trail That Point Reyes' provides is very popular. And I completely understand why, I came here 2x just to hike the Bear Valley Trail. It's GORGEOUS, the walkway is completed engulfed in vegetation and the forest itself, there's plenty of little streams, logs to climb / sit on, the path opens up to a beach at the end and it even has cool sea caves! You can decide how long your hike is since their trails web out all over Point Reyes. I love this place, you CANNOT go wrong coming here.

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Reviewed by
nooneelsewaslooking

  • 15 Reviews
  • 17 Helpful
April 13, 2014

The drive is soooo long but the view is amazing, quite a hike down to the light house. some 300 stairs down (and back up dont forget) but id say worth it.

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Reviewed by
TinaLeeJohnson

  • 1 Review
  • 0 Helpful
January 10, 2016
Rated 5.0

My sister and I stayed at Dancing Coyote Beach cabins Xmas Eve and Xmas night 2015. It was beautiful. Neither of us knew much about the history of the area or the shipwreck which you could see out our window. Xmas morning we took a walk out to the boat. Little did I know later that I would be visited perhaps by the sea captain of the Point Reyes. I'll keep this story short but Xmas night as my sister lay in the upper loft asleep and I on the couch asleep, I was awakened by the sound of boots or shoes on the wooden floor scuffling around! I was too afraid to turn around to look as I thought it might be a burglar! It took me almost an hour to finally turn around to see nothing at the front door. I checked it and it was still locked. I knew it must have been a ghost. At first I thought it was my sister but when I heard her moan and move in her bed I knew it wasn't her. I was more afraid of it being a physical threat than a ghost. Once I saw the door locked I stayed up and tried to communicate with it, but it had already gone. I even thought at first it could have been the cleaning people! I have to admit, I do tend to attract paranormal happenings and I consider that experience a bonus! I would like to come back again and this time be prepared and not be afraid to face it! Oh and maybe a sign the night we drove to the cabins(Xmas Eve), it was dark and a night before the full moon. Plus it was lightly raining. I saw what I later found out was a "moonbow" while she was driving! It looked just like a rainbow(not really multi colored but rather a glowy arc). I read that these are rare and all the conditions have to be right. What a wonderful magical trip!

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Reviewed by
Irelia

  • 72 Reviews
  • 12 Helpful
March 02, 2015
Rated 4.0

Surreal! The lighthouse was also very awesome!

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Reviewed by
Greek_nomad

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  • 252 Helpful
September 27, 2014
Rated 5.0

It took us around two hours in order to arrive to this ocean paradise of Point Reyes Natural Seashore, but what we saw cannot be described with words.

We could not believe how crowded it was, and even though the sea water was not calm and there were waves, there were people kayaking.

We just stopped to sunbath and spend a wonderful day by the sea.

The glory of the rocks above you is magnificent and you can easily get the feeling you are alone in an abandoned place somewhere in the globe, even though you are surrounded by people.

The sounds of the seagulls follow you in every step and you can gain privacy on the different small and "tucked between rocks" beaches.

It is worth visiting this place and you will not regret taking this two hours drive because even on your route there is something new to explore!

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Point Reyes National Seashore

1 Bear Valley Rd
Point Reyes Station, California
94956 USA

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  • Mon - Fri: 10:00 am - 4:30 pm
  • Sun, Sat: 9:00 am - 4:30 pm

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  • Credit Cards Accepted
  • Pet Friendly
  • Wheelchair Accessible
  • Public Restrooms
  • Outdoor Seating
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