Activities & Resources
Tennessee Valley551in Mill Valley, CA 94941
about Tennessee Valley:
The trail starts out flat and paved with asphalt; half way there the pavement runs out and the trail gets a bit hilly. Still most children over five should have no problem negotiating the ups and downs.
What's especially nice about the trail is that it's very close to the city and yet as soon as you step onto it you feel far away. The trail passes through beautiful meadows, and it's quiet here. You can often spy hawks, deer, and, more rarely, bobcats.
Tennessee Beach is quite small and not suited for swimming but it's a beautiful spot for a picnic.
An interesting bit of history and an explanation of the beach's name is sometimes on view. In 1853, the steamer Tennessee was grounded and sank on this beach. All passengers and crew made it ashore, but the ship was lost. When the tide is negative (on or around the full or new moons) you can see the steam wheel of the ship. Biking: The road to Tennessee Beach makes a lovely little ride for young bikers. Most of the road is gentle and rolling, with one steep incline to watch for. Note: The phone number listed below is the Marin Headlands Visitor Center which is the information center for Tennessee Valley, but it is not located in Tennessee Valley.