The people of the Coast Miwok were the first to inhabit the coastal area of sheltered coves, beaches, tidal marshes, and Bishop pine forest now known as Tomales Bay State Park, 40 miles north of the Golden Gate Bridge. The first explorer to land in this area was Sir Francis Drake in 1579, followed by the Spaniards in 1595. The area was explored by Russian and German scientists in the early 1800s. In the 1940s, developers of real estate began buying large beachfront land areas, prompting local residents and conservation groups to save this area as a park. In 1952, it was formally dedicated to Tomales Bay State Park and opened to the public. The Inverness community and the National Seashore Point Reyes are close to the park. You will find beaches and historic ranches that make up the Point Reyes Seashore National Park in Past Tomales Bay State Park. The Tule Elk Preserve is located at the end of Pierce Point Road. Camping facilities are located in Olema city center 20-25 minutes from the park and in Lagunitas State Park Samuel P. Taylor.
Parking fees: The parking fee at Heart's Desire Beach and Vista Point is $ 8 per vehicle entrance fee ($ 7 for anyone 62 or over). Fees can only be paid by credit card or debit card. Please note that citations may be issued for parking fees not to be paid.
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