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MARIN COUNTY
BELVEDERE
CORTE MADERA
DOGTOWN
FAIRFAX
LARKSPUR
MILL VALLEY
NOVATO
POINT REYES STATION
ROSS
SAN ANSELMO
SAN RAFAEL
SAUSALITO
TIBURON
TOMALES

SONOMA COUNTY
BODEGA BAY
COTATI
FORT ROSS
MARSHALL
MONTE RIO
PETALUMA
SANTA ROSA
SEA RANCH
SEBASTOPOL
SONOMA

 

Dogtown, California Photos and Information

 

 

 

This is not the Dogtown ghost camp of the Gold Rush. This Dogtown in Marin County is actually a bend in Highway 1 road between Stinson Beach and Point Reyes National Seashore. Nearly everyone passing by manages to grab a photo of the sign pictured. During the 18500's a community named Woodville next to a saw mill was home to hunters who owned so many dogs that the area was nicknamed Dogtown.

From Sausalito on Highway 101 you can get to Dogtown by taking the Highway 1 turn off. Stay on Highway 1 through Muir Beach and Stinson Beach. Continue along the east shore of the Bolinas Lagoon. At the north end of the lagoon, pass Bolinas and continue on about one mile on Highway 1 until you see the green sign posted on a tree that says Dogtown and sports a population of 31 people or so.

 

Tucked into the last piece of private property between the Point Reyes Station with Point Reyes National Seashore and the Golden Gate National Recreation Area (GGNRA), Woodville Ranch, a 5-acre working ranch with Arabian horses, cats, goats and chickens (fresh eggs usually available). Woodville Ranch is located at 5755 Highway One, Dogtown, CA 94924. Phone: (415) 868-1618. Guests can stay in the house or in a renovated barn loft and enjoy many activities nearby. The owners of the ranch say they purchased the property because of the great trails for horseback. Horse rentals are available at nearby Five Brooks Stables.

 

Those seeking chain hotels might consider staying within an hourr's drive at Mill Valley, San Rafael or further north along the coast at Bodega Bay in Sonoma County. Bodega Bay is where Alfred Hitchcock's famous thriller, The Birds, movie was filmed. A favorite resort property there is Bodega Bay Lodge & Spa.

 

Things to do in and around Dogtown California:

 

Bird watching at Point Reyes National Seashore and Bird Observatory with  Audubon Canyon Ranch

Point Reyes Lighthouse is a scenic California light station with guides. 

Bicycling and bike rentals are available in Bolinas and Point Reyes Station.

Kayaking and Surfing is available in Bolinas Lagoon or thrilling surf kayaking or surfboarding at Stinson and Bolinas Beaches.