Off-Road Rush Creek Ramble: A Great Family-Friendly Ride!
If you’re new to off-road cycling or love observing birds, there’s no better place to ride than Rush Creek Open Space Preserve in Novato.
The 500-acre preserve borders the Petaluma River Marsh Wildlife Area and boasts groves of manzanita, and stands of black oak and California bay. This modest 9 mile ride is an out and back on mostly flat fire road and a multi-use trail. It should take an hour or two, depending on your skills. Riders of all ages and abilities will enjoy this ramble!
POINTS OF INTEREST:
Marshland, tidal flats, and woodlands make this one of the best birding locations in the North Bay, with close to 200 regularly occurring species.
Good to know:
Mountain bike and gravel bike friendly. The preserve is popular with horseback riders, so be prepared to stop and ask the rider for directions.
No drinking water or restroom facilities are available at Rush Creek Open Space Preserve. The area can get pretty hot during the summer, so bring sunscreen and plenty of water.
On-leash dogs are allowed on fire roads and multi-use trails, as are bicycles and horses.
From Hwy 101 north of San Rafael, take the North San Pedro Rd exit at 454B to Merrydale Rd. Turn left then left again once you reach North San Pedro Rd, turning left again towards the park.
CLICK HERE for Preserve website and trail map
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