Map of Tomales Bay State Park
California Highway 1
runs all along the east shore of Tomales Bay, though despite its primary designation the road is narrow, winding and little traveled, curving around many small, steep ravines and through isolated, dense groves of oak trees. Most of the land nearby is hilly and grassy, used for cattle ranching, unlike the slopes on the moister west side of the bay (Inverness Ridge
), that are covered by thick forest. The state park occupies two peninsulas, west of the road, and the main site is Millerton Point
which has a beach, picnic area and carpark, plus several trails leading along the water's edge and to the top of a small ridge that is just high enough for good views up and down the bay, to the buildings of Inverness opposite, and over a large area of oyster beds, the posts from which form symmetrical patterns in the smooth water. Half an hour is enough to walk the loop path and get a good appreciation of the scenery.