O'Hair Park

861-883 Sutro Ave
Novato CA 94947
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<p>At 98 acres, O'Hair Park is the largest owned by the city of Novato, but it's also the least developed. It is situated at the junction of Novato Boulevard and Sutro Avenue in the northwest corner of the city -- basically where suburban civilization and rural West Marin meet. From the intersection it runs west all the way to Stafford Lake County Park and south to the backyards of homes on Michelle Circle, Trish Drive and Daryl Avenue.</p> <p>The park is open space, wild vegetation and dirt trails other than the leased-out <a href="http://www.morningstarfarm.info">Morning Star Farm</a> equestrian center at Novato/Sutro intersection and the <a href="http://www.cityofnovato.org/index.aspx?page=714">Dogbone Meadow dog park</a> a half mile west. The Rueben Kaelher Trail, which runs east-west through the park, is popular with residents and horseback riders because of the proximity to Morning Star and the San Marin/Pleasant Valley neighborhoods. Novato Creek also runs east-west through the park and attracts all sorts of wildlife.</p> <p>Another trail leads to the south, up part of Little Mountain (the highest point in the park at more than 900 feet) and into the Verissimo Valle hills, Indian Tree Open Space and up to the Bay Ridge Trail. Along with nearby Mount Burdell and its trails, these O'Hair Park trails are prime sources of recreation in North Novato.</p> <p>Parking is along Sutro just south of Morning Star Farm and San Marin High School. Other trails start near Dogbone Meadow and at the west end of Center Road.</p>