Hay everyone… Haypress Campground is sure to impress you! Not only are there no fees, but this flourishing green grassland is located in the secluded Tennessee Valley in the northern Marin headlands. We all know that the Marin headlands are drop-dead gorgeous, so come check it out! This is a great spot for some beginning backpacking experience!
Campsite area
Tent sites
5 sites
Up to 4 guests per site
No wheelchair access
Toilet available
No campfires
No pets
Picnic table available
No potable water
No showers


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Hipcamper na
Na W.
didn't provide a recommendation.
May 11th, 2023

Not free. reservations can be made here:

Hipcamper Scott
Scott R.
didn't provide a recommendation.
July 26th, 2021

We went in mid July and daytime temperatures never went above 60 due to the constant coastal fog. If you want summer weather you should go in the very late summer. We could hear the fog horns all night but it was sufficiently faint. Also I wish I had known this but DO NOT LOCATE YOUR TENT UNDER A TREE ON A FOGGY NIGHT as the fog condenses on the leaves and drips dirty water on your tent all night.

Hipcamper Malorie
Malorie L.
didn't provide a recommendation.
December 4th, 2017

Fires actually aren't allowed, that's wrong. Reservations are required.

Hipcamper Scott
Scott M.
didn't provide a recommendation.
November 16th, 2016

Very accessible, with good access to beach and coastal trails. Subject to the marine layer more than most West Marin coastal locations due to its gradual grade down to the Pacific, so days that may be sunny in nearby Mill Valley many never clear at Haypress. I've twice seen bobcats along the trail to Haypress, so keep your eyes peeled.

Hipcamper Aja
Aja P.
didn't provide a recommendation.
November 29th, 2015

Haypress: my ol' reliable when the camping itch strikes but I don't want to drive too far to sleep under the stars. While there is no fee (and a yearly cap on visits), permits are required and can be obtained from the Marin Headlands Visitors Center. They're open til 4pm, but if you can't make it before they close they'll stick the permit in a little drop box outside for you to pick up. At the end of Tennessee Valley Road, you'll find a large parking lot (although this will overflow on the weekends). Follow the paved path .3 miles til you see a dirt track heading back into the hills. After about .6 miles you'll find a clean pit toilet and 5 comfortable sites, all of which are excellent base camps for adventures in the Headlands.

Hipcamper Alex
Alex W.
didn't provide a recommendation.
September 17th, 2015

This isn't actually a first come first serve campsite - you have to make reservations with the Marin Headlands Visitor Center at 415-331-1540. We're headed there this weekend, super excited.

Hipcamper Sal
Sal M.
didn't provide a recommendation.
August 16th, 2015

This Place is Decent, It's a first come first serve campground that is accessible by a short 15min .8 mile walk from the parking lot. The camping is free as is the parking. Basically no Shade at the campsites and no fires allowed/ no fire rings but it's free.

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37.86° N, 122.547° W
Tent Only - Hike In: 5 Sites
(Up to 4 people per site)