Rush Creek Preserve is popular with local cyclists, dog walkers, and joggers, who enjoy the easy access and flat trails. The preserve transcends the trailhead atmosphere, where big rigs roar by on Highway 101. The far side is pretty quiet, and teams with wildlife. If you have binoculars, bring them for better views of the many birds.
How to get there:
From Highway 101 in Marin County exit San Marin Drive/Atherton Avenue in Novato. Go east on Atherton Avenue about 0.2 mile, take the first left onto Binford Road, drive about 0.2 mile and park on either side of the road near the open space gate.