Kid-friendly bike paths in Marin
August 8, 2007Posted by pamela |
There are countless spectacular views in Marin and many of those views can be enjoyed on the many bike paths that the county has to offer. Growing up in Marin gave me the chance to try a lot of the different bike paths, and of course now I take my children to them as well. Most of the paths are mixed-use, and are appropriate for bikes, walking, big wheels, tricycles, strollers, and other kid-friendly conveyances.
One of my favorite kid-friendly paths is the Tiburon Bike Path. I grew up riding on this path and it’s still a favorite of mine. The Tiburon Bike Path runs from Blackie’s Pasture off of Tiburon Boulevard to downtown Tiburon. The path is wide and paved, so it’s perfect for kids of all ages. There are several places to stop and enjoy the sights along the way, which include spectacular views of San Francisco Bay. The path is about a mile-and-a-half to downtown Tiburon. There also is the Blackie’s Pasture park that has a kids playground and an awesome tot playground. There is a huge grass area next to the park, so bring a picnic and blanket and relax.
The Bicentennial Bike Path, which runs along Richardson Bay from Mill Valley to Sausalito, is widely used to bicycle, rollerblade, walk or run. The path runs through the Bothin Marsh Open Space Preserve, where you can watch for the usual wetlands inhabitants such as ducks, egrets, herons, and gulls. You can park over by Bay Front Park at the end of Sycamore Avenue in Mill Valley and head either north or south on the path. Heading south, the trail follows Miller Avenue and Highway 101, and takes you all the way to Bridgeway in Sausalito.
Another great path is Corte Madera Creek Path, which runs from Creek Park, across from Marin General Hospital, to College of Marin in Kentfield and on into Ross. I wrote about this path last week, so check out that post here.