One of the many benefits of Stinson Beach is that when you need a change of scenery, all you need to do is turn around!
The magnificent Mt. Tampalpais State Park begins just on the other side of town and may be accessed via a number of trailheads. The Park has redwood groves and oak woodlands with a spectacular view from the 2,571-foot peak. On a clear day, visitors can see the Farallon Islands 25 miles out to sea, the Marin County hills, San Francisco and the bay, hills and cities of the East Bay, and Mount Diablo. On rare occasions, the Sierra Nevada's snow-covered mountains can be seen 150 miles away.
More than 50 miles of hiking trails are within the park and connect to a larger, 200 mile long trail system. The East Peak Summit features a Visitor Center and the Gravity Car Barn, a small museum of railroad history (open on weekends only). The Mountain Theater (AKA The Cushing Memorial Theater) was constructed by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930s. The natural-stone amphitheater seats 3,750 people and features the Mountain Play each spring, produced every year since 1913. In the summer, monthly astronomy programs are held in the theater, free to the public.
Whether you do a short walk, or an all day hike, we highly recommend taking the opportunity to explore this beautiful natural environment.