Four Must-Visit Escapes to Nature Nearby The Harrison

October 14, 2021

There’s little that’s more refreshing than escaping from the everyday routine and connecting with nature. Set in the heart of San Francisco’s SoMa neighborhood, The Harrison provides residents quick access to both coveted city attractions and an abundance of green retreats. Whether it’s down the street or across the bay, read on to learn about four ways to immerse in nature. 

1. Muir Woods

Located just across the Golden Gate Bridge in Marin County, Muir Woods spans over 585 acres. This park, which is home to some of the last standing ancient redwood forests, has been a National Monument for over 100 years. To make it even more impressive, some of the trees in the park date back nearly 1,000 years. Muir Woods is home to 380 different plants and animals, making it a great place to experience wildlife of all kinds.

Notes: Pay your entry fee and book a parking reservation ahead of time at Pets are not allowed in Muir Woods. Masks are required outdoors, regardless of vaccination status.

2. Baker Beach

Nestled just below the Presidio’s western shoreline, Baker Beach is another spot that you don’t want to miss. Located only seven miles from The Harrison, this serene beach is a perfect place to escape from the hustle-and-bustle of the city to watch the waves and breathe the salty air. If you’re an early riser, get there before dawn, lay out a blanket, dig your toes into the sand and watch the sunrise over the Golden Gate.

3. Reinhardt Redwood Regional Park

A short 20-minute drive from The Harrison is Reinhardt Redwood Regional Park. The 1,077-acre regional park offers a variety of outdoor activities, such as exploring on one of the many hiking trails, enjoying a quiet walk among the 150-foot redwoods, or embarking on an overnight camping trip in the wilderness.

Notes: Overnight reservations are strongly encouraged, as slots can fill up quickly. You can book a campsite or cabin online or by calling 1-888-327-2757. Dogs are allowed. Pay attention to park rules for on- and off-leash regulations.

4. Mount Tamalpais (Mt. Tam)

More commonly known as Mt. Tam among locals, Mount Tamalpais State Park is another Marin County landmark. It is home to over 50 hiking trails, ranging from easy hikes suitable for the whole family to challenging hikes for experienced hikers. There are also opportunities for camping and wheelchair-accessible viewpoints.

Notes: Camping is available on a first come, first serve basis. Leashed dogs are allowed only in developed areas, such as paved roads and campgrounds. They are not allowed on trails, dirt roads, and backcountry areas.

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