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Tiburon Peninsula Historic Trail

On the eastern shore of Richardson Bay, at the intersection of Tiburon Boulevard and Greenwood Beach Road, is a 12-acre public open space called Blackie’s Pasture, dedicated to a celebrated horse named Blackie who grazed here for 28 years. This is where people park to begin hiking the wide, paved, and mostly level Tiburon Peninsula Historic Trail (aka...
On the eastern shore of Richardson Bay, at the intersection of Tiburon Boulevard and Greenwood Beach Road, is a 12-acre public open space called Blackie’s Pasture, dedicated to a celebrated horse named Blackie who grazed here for 28 years. This is where people park to begin hiking the wide, paved, and mostly level Tiburon Peninsula Historic Trail (aka Tiburon Linear Park and Tiburon Bike Path), which runs 2.5 miles along the water through Richardson Bay Park to downtown Tiburon. There’s abundant bird-watching at Richardson Bay, as it hosts more than 1 million migratory birds every year, along with a diverse mix of year-round residents. The trail was once part of a train route bringing food and supplies to Tiburon, as you can learn from interpretive panels along the way. On weekends this scenic trail is heavily used by joggers, hikers, skaters, and cyclists.

Toward the end of the trail, in linear Shoreline Park, is the Tiburon Railroad and Ferry Depot Museum. Constructed in 1885 as part of the San Francisco and North Pacific Tiburon terminal, this depot was the railroad and ferry link to San Francisco until 1967. The ground floor houses a working scale model of the rail yard and ferry terminal as it was in 1909, historic photographs, and artifacts. The second floor (not accessible) has a reconstruction of the stationmaster’s residence.

Trail/Pathway Details

Tiburon Peninsula Historic Trail, Tiburon Bike Path

Trailhead: Blackie’s Pasture

Length: Over 4 total miles

Typical Width: 4 ft. & above

Typical Grade: Level

The trail is mostly level, except for a short uphill stretch by McKegney Green and a very steep incline where the asphalt trail connects back to the main trail.

Terrain: Hard

Description

Before heading out on the trail, follow the dirt path on the Bay side of the parking lot that leads to a lovely area where you can get close to the waters of Richardson Bay and admire the views of Sausalito and San Francisco. Waterfowl tend to gather here. A landscaped area with more than 250 native plants...
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Accessibility Details

The facilities listed below meet all of our access criteria unless otherwise noted.

At Blackie’s Pasture, along Tiburon Blvd. (south of Lyford Drive), and at Donohue Depot on Paradise Dr. Accessible restrooms are a few hundred feet past the bridge at Blackie’s Pasture (open sunrise to sunset); by the children’s play area; and on Main Street at the ferry landing for Angel Island. When I visited, an accessible portable unit was at the west end of Paradise Drive.
Located at the children’s playground at McKegney Green and at Blackie's Pasture.

Other Things of Interest

Scheduled passenger ferries to Angel Island leave from 21 Main St. in downtown Tiburon.
Waterfowl gather on Richardson Bay
Waterfowl gather on Richardson Bay (Paul Church)

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Features icon key

  • bicycling
  • hiking
  • particularly good for families
  • picnic
  • wildlife viewing

Additional Information

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Website: www.townoftiburon.org/
Managing Agency: Town of Tiburon
Address: Tiburon Blvd. and Greenwood Beach Rd.
Nearest City: Tiburon
Phone: (415) 435-7373
Hours: One hour before sunrise to one hour after sunset. Railroad Museum: April-Oct., Sun-Wed., 1-4 pm.
Fees: None
Dogs: On leash
Public Transportation: Marin Transit
Useful Links: Tiburon Railroad and Ferry Museum, Tiburon Angel Island Ferry
Reviewed by Bonnie Lewkowicz, January 5, 2014
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