Terra Linda / Sleepy Hollow Preserve

A horseshoe-shaped preserve covering the ridges above Santa Margarita Valley.

Rangers Recommend

  • These 1172 acres surround several San Rafael residential communities.
  • On a clear day, see Mount Tamalpais and Big Rock Ridge from Terra Linda Ridge Fire Road.
  • Cemetery Fire Road leads to historic Mt. Tamalpais Cemetery, established in 1880.
  • Stands of non-native blue gum eucalyptus date back to the 1870s.
  • Dogs are welcome. Dogs must be leashed on trail, and under voice command on fire roads, with leash readily available.
  • This preserve connects with Mission Pass Bike Path.

Naturalist Notes

  • Travel alongside coyote brush, valley oak, coast live oak, and California bay trees.
  • Find festive red toyon berries in December. Buckwheat flowers in summer.
  • Look up, raptors are common. Golden eagles have been spotted here.
  • The Springs Hill area (north of Terra Linda) has a scattering of exposed serpentine outcrops that support a variety of unusual plants.
  • Check out the iNaturalist field guide. Add your own observations.


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Dogs On Leash
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Dogs Voice Control
Horseback Riding

Know Before You Go

  • Stay on roads and trails to preserve sensitive ecosystems and to avoid trespassing on private property.
  • 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.