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The COVID-19 pandemic has shined a spotlight on the value of public parks and open spaces as a resource for both physical exercise and mental wellbeing. With the reopening of Muir Woods on June 29th, nearly every County, State and National park facility - as well as lands managed by Marin Water - have seen some level of access restored since the Shelter-in-Place began in March. Visitors must still make reservations prior to visiting Muir Woods.
Through the One Tam partnership, The Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy has worked with Marin's largest public land managers to create the above map showing the current high-level access information on various public lands. Above you will see the four tiers of access and closure on lands cared for by the California State Parks, Marin County Parks and Open Space District, Marin Municipal Water District and Golden Gate National Recreation Area (including Muir Woods). Relaxed parking restrictions, which began on June 1, have resulted in restored access to lands at all of our partner agencies, and the National Park Service is working to restore safe vehicle access to the remaining locations.
The above map is intended to provide a broad overview of current access regulations for Mt. Tamalpais, waterfront parklands and greater Marin County, but it does not include all public spaces. Lands managed by cities, towns, and other independent agencies are not included at this time.
On June 29, county health officials also lifted bans on picnic and barbecue area uses. Restrictions on non-group camping were lifted at the beginning of July. Please verify availability at individual park sites before planning to use these facilities.
Park visitors should continue to monitor the latest public safety information from the Marin County Department of Health and Human Services for safety updates and current guidelines for preventing the spread of Coronavirus, including updates to the June 1 park access guidance. The links below offer more detail on access related to the five One Tam partner agencies, as well as the Point Reyes National Seashore. Information found on the agency websites may be more current than the above map. Please visit our partner agency websites when planning your visit.
Partner Agency Updates:
- Marin County Parks location-specific information
- Golden Gate National Recreation Area reopening information
- Marin Municipal Water District service and access information
- California State Park COVID-19 Resource Center
- Point Reyes National Seashore alerts and information
- Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy Portal to the Parks
Plan to visit responsibly by observing the following tips:
- Stay at home as much as possible during the Shelter in Place, especially if someone in your household is sick. Minimizing social interaction will flatten the Coronavirus infection curve.
- Do not visit parks that have been closed by local authorities like the public health department or land management agencies.
- Stay 6 feet away from people outside of your social bubble and avoid narrow trails where distancing may prove difficult. If you cannot maintain 6 feet of distance, do not enter the space.
- Consider visiting in off times to minimize the risk of trailhead crowding.
- Consider wearing a face covering while enjoying park spaces, particularly in parking areas and on the crowded first half-mile of trails.
- Restrooms and facilities are closed at many locations. Plan ahead before leaving home.
- Give others the opportunity to have a safe experience by limiting the length of your stay.
- Avoid parking in crowded neighborhoods and walk into parkland from a considerate distance when parking on city streets.
- Leave no trace: carry out what you carry in, especially because garbage collection is limited at this time.
- Visit nature virtually and take advantage of online resources to stay connected to our parklands.
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For more information on access to park facilities beyond Marin County, visit BayAreaOutdoors.org.