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Recently saved from the California economy's budget crisis chopping block, this much adored California State Park is all the rage with hikers, mountain bikers and campers wanting a quiet place to sleep under the coastal redwoods. Seemingly lost in time, this stretch of nature in western Marin County has returned to a mellower time from when Samuel Taylor first opened a wildly popular resort hotel nearby. Blacktailed deer appear near a creek, birds rest on branches, the occasional bobcat slips by. Hikers sojourn up Mount Barnabe, while Marin County's famed mountain bikers — the sport began right here folks — rule the paved bike trail, and ...

Recently saved from the California economy's budget crisis chopping block, this much adored California State Park is all the rage with hikers, mountain bikers and campers wanting a quiet place to sleep under the coastal redwoods. Seemingly lost in time, this stretch of nature in western Marin County has returned to a mellower time from when Samuel Taylor first opened a wildly popular resort hotel nearby. Blacktailed deer appear near a creek, birds rest on branches, the occasional bobcat slips by. Hikers sojourn up Mount Barnabe, while Marin County's famed mountain bikers — the sport began right here folks — rule the paved bike trail, and picnickers populate Devil's Gulch. Most, however, camp, booking well in advance on summer weekends for a prime spot.

Michele Bigley
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Michele Bigley is the author of Northern California: An Explorer's Guide and Great Destinations Kauai from Countryman Press.

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