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Visit a Preserve

Midpen preserves cover over 65,000 acres of diverse and scenic landscapes, from bay wetlands to redwood forests and coastal grasslands.

Open space preserves are generally kept in a natural condition in order to best protect the environment and wildlife habitat and are developed with only the amenities needed to provide low-impact recreation opportunities.

Many areas of Midpen preserves are open to the public daily, free of charge, providing an extensive trail network for. Our programming connects people to nature through enriched experiences including environmental interpretation, docent-led activities and volunteer opportunities.  
 

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Group with Black Mountain in the Distance

Some activities on Midpen open space preserves require a use permit including groups of 20 or more, ceremonies, camping, after-hours astronomy viewing, photography shoots and parking at some preserve locations. Most permits are free of charge and applications are available online.

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hand holding a smart phone displaying a mapp

There are a variety of ways to find your way on our trails. Download a map from our preserve pages before leaving home, snap a photo of a signboard map at a trailhead or use a smartphone app to bring a digital map along on your adventures.

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a man in a wheelchair on a trail

Several Midpen preserves have easy-access trails that may accommodate wheelchairs, strollers, walkers and anyone desiring a less strenuous open space experience. Most of these easy-access trails are at least 4 feet wide, have a grade generally not exceeding 5%, and a fairly uniform surface. Please note that other Midpen trails may have grades up to 20% and uneven surfaces with rocks, ruts and roots.

Covid-19 Updates

Midpen is following state and local health guidance.

Preserve visitors should wear masks outdoors when physical distancing cannot be maintained.

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