6 Thanksgiving Walks in the Bay Area

Put down the pumpkin pie… okay, just one more slice. Now, grab a fleece and take a walk! Whether it’s with the whole family or getting some headspace of your own, we’ve got six walks in the Bay Area to ease into the weekend.

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1) Walk the Line

So you’ve walked popular Lover’s Lane in the Presidio, but have you ever noticed the pathway hidden next to it? Tucked quietly between Lover’s Lane and Presidio Boulevard, Andy Goldsworthy’s 1,200-foot-long Wood Line is an installation of eucalyptus tree stumps…

2) Take Me Home to Tennessee

Sometimes easy is best. And in this case, the most beautiful! Tennessee Valley trailhead in the Marin Headlands is rightly popular for its classic coastal scenery and variety of trail options. For a 5.5-mile loop with a mile of hardy…

3) Road Trip to Desert Bliss

Cooler temps, shorter days, sublime sunsets: It’s a perfect recipe for venturing into the desert during the holidays. Toss in wide-open highways, natural hot springs, funky little towns, and you’ve got all the ingredients for the perfect road trip on…

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4) Huddart Comfort

Just minutes west of the tony town of Woodside in San Mateo County, 900-acre Huddart Park has over 24 miles of trails that put redwoods on parade. For a moderate out-and-back featuring stately redwoods, jump onto Dean Trail for a…

5) The Joaquin Dead

Named after the poet, Joaquin Miller Park in Oakland belongs in a sonnet about small wonders. But it also may belong in a classic ghost story! This unassuming park is said to be haunted by a woman who only appears…

6) You Deserve a Medallion

Art by Banksy, a secret tunnel, colorful murals, and literary lore galore ... the North Beach segment of San Francisco’s Barbary Coast Trail is a fascinating walk through time. All in, the Barbary Coast Trail comprises 170 medallions set in…

7) This Spud's For You!

Feeling crabby? You’re not the only one. Dungeness crab season is scheduled to open this week in Sonoma County. Combine some casual seafood dining with a gorgeous coastal hike. Work up your appetite on the trails at Bodega Head. This…

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