The area of Northern San Rafael contains a plethora of flourishing trails and parks to explore on foot or bicycle. San Rafael’s Las Gallinas Valley Sanitary District is home to 3.5 miles of trails that yearly welcome more than 185 different bird species. Once you are finished exploring there, head down to China Camp State Park – a beautiful and large woodland area near the water perfect for hiking (or even mountain biking) which includes a museum documenting the history of the area. China Camp State Park’s trail ends where a mile-long beach is located. McNears Beach County Park is the perfect beach for kayaking and canoeing, or sun bathing on sunny days.