Cascade Canyon Preserve

504 acres of pristine habitat in the Corte Madera Creek watershed.

Rangers Recommend

  • Cascade Falls drops 20 feet. Visit when it's running strong in rainy season.
  • Upper reaches of San Anselmo, Carey Camp, and Cascade creeks run year round, providing a haven for wildlife.
  • Lush broadleaf and evergreen forests keep canyon trails cool and shady, even in warm weather.
  • Travel through to adjacent White Hill Preserve and Marin Municipal Water District lands.
  • Dogs welcome, but must always be kept on trail and on leash throughout this preserve.

Naturalist Notes

  • Wildflowers, unusual native plants, and butterflies are abundant in spring. See magical mushrooms and ferns in winter.
  • This is one of the best places to see nearly every species of reptile and amphibian that reside in Marin.
  • Lush riparian corridors support several species of butterflies.
  • Woodpeckers, flycatchers, and warblers are among the many varieties of birds that thrive here.
  • To protect sensitive wildlife species, some areas of Cascade Canyon Preserve are subject to seasonal night closures. Respect trail closure signs.
  • Check out the iNaturalist field guide. Add your own observations.


dog on leash
Dogs On Leash
Horseback Riding

Know Before You Go

  • Parking is very limited, in residential areas adjacent to the preserve, on Cascade Drive and Canyon Road. Be respectful of local residents.
  • Stay on roads and trails to preserve sensitive ecosystems and to avoid trespassing on private property. Avoid entering the creeks.
  • Be courteous and safety conscious when sharing roads and trails. Go slow and say hello.
  • Dress appropriately for the weather. Trails can be muddy during rainy season. 
  • Bring water.
  • There are no restrooms at this location.
  • Steer clear of poison oak.
  • After an outing, check for ticks.