Tennessee Valley Trail

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Marin Headlands

Tennessee Valley Trail is a 3.4 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Sausalito, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Horses are also able to use this trail.

Distance: 3.4 miles Elevation Gain: 170 feet Route Type: Out & Back

kid friendly

hiking

horseback riding

nature trips

road biking

walking

bird watching

running

beach

partially paved

views

wild flowers

wildlife

bugs

muddy

no dogs

UPDATE (May 1, 2020): This park is temporarily closed to vehicular access, meaning there are no parking facilities and parking on roadways is prohibited to protect public health from the COVID-19 pandemic. Although this park is open to local residents, they must abide by the following guidelines: Stay Local: Walk or bike into the park. Do not drive to the park. Stay Active: Keep walking, jogging, hiking and biking. Watch for one-way trails. Stay Safer at 6 Feet: Maintain a physical distance of 6 feet or more. Gatherings, picnics and parties are not allowed. Visitors are being asked to leave if there are too many people at the park or on trails to allow for the required physical distance. Stay Clean: Be prepared. Bring soap/sanitizer and pack out all trash. Statewide, many parks and beaches are temporarily closed or have very limited access to ensure Californians are abiding and practicing physical distancing. The goals are to make sure people are safe and to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 as much as possible. To view the list of closures and what they mean to the public, please visit www.parks.ca.gov/FlattenTheCurve.

hiking
1 day ago

Amazing hike leading to a beach. The parking lot was closed so we had to park almost 2 miles away from the trailhead. But it was all worth it.

hiking
3 months ago

Beautiful today. Sunny with a light breeze

hiking
3 months ago

Easy trail with rewarding view at the end. The cove is beautiful and not crowded. Recommend going to the vista point, which is a 800 foot climb - the most strenuous portion of the whole trail. Majestic views!

hiking
3 months ago

Wonderful easy hike, clear directions and beautiful access to the beach. Wish we had a brought a blanket with us to lay out an enjoy.

hiking
muddy
4 months ago

Super easy trail! Great for an evening stroll out to the ocean and back. Beautiful Cove at the end to watch the waves and a nice little creek flowing into the ocean.

hiking
4 months ago

Pretty crowded but we did come on a holiday weekend.

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muddy
4 months ago

Great for kids, tough on strollers in the mud

hiking
6 months ago

Easy trail with nice views. Great for families. Head up to the WW2 lookout to the north of the beach to add some elevation and excitement to your trip

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hiking
6 months ago

Crowded. Some bikers going too fast on the downhills. But beautiful at the Beach and Overlook.

hiking
7 months ago

Nice trail for a stroll. Clear, wide paths to accommodate the traffic passing back and forth. Went out at dusk to catch the sunset. Difficulty changes to moderate if you choose to make it a loop and take the barely there trail connecting to the Coastal Trail.

hiking
8 months ago

Easy hike that ends at the beach. Walked out there in sandals for a beach wedding ceremony and my feet were fine.

hiking
8 months ago

Relaxing hike. Great for family. Went to the overlook when reach the beach, and it was beautiful.

hiking
8 months ago

Beautiful stroll to the coast.

Don’t recommend the stretch from the coastal trail down to Tennessee Valley.

hiking
9 months ago

As this is usually quite crowded, I had the opportunity to hike this trail at 7am this morning, stunning. Mysterious fog, just a couple of runners, deer, bunnies, a plethora of birds and a friendly coyote. It was magical.

hiking
9 months ago

Nice and beautiful, but a bit overcrowded

hiking
10 months ago

Nice walk. Good for families. Very busy and crowded.

hiking
10 months ago

easy mostly flat, bike friendly . Good earth might be the closest grocery store and you'll find a gas station next to good earth

hiking
10 months ago

Fine trail for what it is: a flat, old, partially paved road out to a beautiful dark sand beach. Lots of pretty bird songs, bunnies, and crashing surf to listen to.

hiking
Thu May 30 2019

Perfect trail for me recovering from a knee injury! Even pushed myself to go to the lookout point! Awesome views up there! Well marked and maintained!

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blowdown
Mon May 27 2019

Super windy towards the beach but pretty easy hike about 1.5 hours at a steady pace

hiking
Mon May 13 2019

A nice flat walk to the beach, wonderful breeze too! We did see a snake in the lower portion of the final beach walk (there will be a lower and upper path, lower goes through the wilderness while upper takes the foothills) in the grass, but he didn't bother us and we didn't bother him! Next time I'm going to bring a blanket and some snacks to eat on the beach!

hiking
Sun May 12 2019

Definitely recommend this trail, and I've done it a number of times. The traffic getting there from the 101-1 interchange on weekends is the most difficult part. The trail slopes gently downwards towards the ocean, and is very wide and in good shape. There are a lot of great side trails to campgrounds, or up to the tops of the ridges, if you feel like doing anything more difficult. The beach itself is great, and the lookout is definitely worth the climb.

hiking
Sun May 12 2019

Great place to take a quick walk. My partner and I completed this in about two hours (including time spent watching the waves on the beach). There are two paths that will get you to the beach (lower and higher). Both are great and very scenic!

hiking
Tue May 07 2019

Great trail with little ones. I had a 6,3 and 1 year old and we were able to do a nice 1.5 hour walk on this trail. Tons of wildflowers and so much lush greenery. Very beautiful.

hiking
Sun May 05 2019

This was a fun, easy trail. Nice flowers and views. It’s worth going up to the Lookout for the views of the Tennessee Valley and beach below.

hiking
Wed May 01 2019

This is such a pretty and easy hike. Beautiful wildflowers along the way. The best part is the ocean at the end of the trail. Parking is very limited though. Arrive early or late.

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hiking
Sat Apr 27 2019

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