Mill Valley, CA
Mill Valley is a city located in California that is a part of the San Francisco Bay Area. A part of Marin County, Mill Valley is about 14 miles north of the city of San Francisco and can be reached by crossing the iconic Golden Gate Bridge. Mill Valley is also located about 52 miles away from Napa Valley, home to California’s famous wine country. According to the 2020 census, the city of Mill Valley had a population of 14,231. Mill Valley was officially incorporated in the year 1900.
Mill Valley’s picturesque location coupled with its convenient access to the city of San Francisco nearby has made it a popular home for commuters who work in San Francisco but prefer to live outside the city. Mill Valley is located on the northern and western shores of Richardson Bay, which is an arm of the larger San Francisco Bay. It is a part of the National Audubon Society which operates a sanctuary at Richardson Bay. Mill Valley is also situated at the base of Mount Tamalpais, also known as Mount Tam, which is also often regarded as symbolic of Marin County, the county that Mill Valley is located in. Mount Tam includes a number of public lands including Mount Tamalpais State Park, the Marin Municipal Water District watershed, and Muri Woods.
Mill Valley also maintains a number of public parks and city design has placed emphasis on pedestrian friendly walking paths that navigate through the residential roads throughout the city’s neighborhoods. These neighborhoods include Almonte, Mill Valley Heights, Enchanted Knolls, Boyle Park, Cascade Canyon, Muir Woods, and Panoramic Highway. Because of its proximity to Mount Tam, Mill Valley has a number of hiking trails and nature paths. Some of the most popular ones include Tenderfoot Trail, Dipsea Trail, Pixie Trail, Cypress Trail, Zigzag Trail, and others. Mill Valley also has a strong artistic heritage and is home to a number of art galleries, has hosted the Mill Valley Arts Festival for more than 50 years, as well as the Mill Valley Film Festival. Points of interest in the city of Mill Valley include the Edgewood Botanic Garden, Mount Tam, Richardson Bay, Muir Woods, and others. The Muir Woods National Monument is located on Mount Tam and is a national monument maintained by the National Parks Service. It includes 554 acres of land, much of which is made up of old growth coast redwood.
According to the United States Census Bureau, Mill Valley has a total area of 4.85 square miles, 4.76 of which is made up of land and 0.08 square miles is made up of water. Its climate is classified as a mild Mediterranean climate, with wet winters and relatively dry summers. It also experiences microclimates that produce favorable ecology for the coastal redwood forests that make up part of Muir Woods.
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