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Tennessee Valley Trail

Bay Area

Marin County

Pedal a gravel path through a verdant valley to a cliff-lined cove beach.

Mountain Biking Easy

5.8 km
103 m
103 m
0-1 hrs
Low Point
7 m
High Point
62 m
Tennessee Valley Trail Map

Tennessee Valley Trail is a very popular hiking and biking path in Marin Headlands. The trail lead through a glen of rolling green, and it culminates at a dark-sand beach between golden cliffs. Alcoves in the rock warrant exploration, and treasures washed on shore beckon the beachcombers. There’s even an engine of a wrecked ship that you can find at low tide.


Besides the beach, the trail is known for trees, wildflowers, and wildlife. A trickling stream provides water for most of the year, nourishing the valley’s biodiversity. You’ll see blooming lupines and poppies in spring, golden grassland in summer, and foliage on the trees year round. Look for rabbits, deer, coyotes, and hawks while on the the trail. Many species of birds can be spotted near the beach as well. There’s the typical run of seabirds, but also a host of waterfowl that stop at a freshwater pond near the mouth of the creek. For the sake of the wildlife, dogs are not allowed on the Tennessee Valley Trail. The rest of the family can enjoy a leisurely bike ride here, however. The surface is gravel and dirt, and the grade is moderate the whole way.

Sources: https://www.nps.gov/goga/planyourvisit/tennesseevalley.htm https://www.nps.gov/goga/planyourvisit/upload/mapMAHE150429web.pdf



Mostly smooth and non-technical singletrack with unavoidable obstacles 2in/5cm tall or less. Avoidable obstacles may be present. Ideal for beginner riders.

Low Exposure

1 out of 4

The path is on completely flat land and potential injury is limited to falling over.


2 out of 4

Away from help but easily accessed.

Best time to visit

all year round


  • Picturesque
  • Wet-weather friendly