OLOMPALI STATE HISTORIC PARK
The park overlooks the Petaluma River and San Pablo Bay from the east-facing slopes of 1,558 foot Mount Burdell.
The name "olompali" comes from the Miwok language and may be translated as "southern village" or "southern people." The Coast Miwok inhabited at least one site within the area of the present-day park continuously from as early as 6,000 BC, until the early 1850s.
Olompali contains "kitchen rock," a large boulder used as a mortar in which early people ground acorns and seeds into a fine flour for food preparation. Many women would gather near such grinding rocks to prepare food and socialize.
Located in Marin County, California, the area now known as Olompali State Historic Park has a rich history dating back thousands of years. The Coast Miwok people were its earliest inhabitants and left behind significant archaeological evidence.
In 1843, it became part of Mexican land grant Rancho Olompali awarded to Camilo Ynitia - one of the few Native Americans to retain their lands during this period. In 1860s-70s, James Black purchased most parts for his daughter Mary Burdell's estate which included Victorian-style mansion built on site.
The park also witnessed some notable events from modern American cultural history: It was home base for Chosen Family commune in late '60s; Grateful Dead band members frequented here too.
It officially gained state historic status and opened up as public recreational space only by mid-'90s after being privately owned or inaccessible due various reasons including fire damage & legal disputes over ownership.
Olompali State Historic Park is located near El Cerrito, El Sobrante and Greenbrae
Olompali State Historic Park in California offers a variety of picnicking options for visitors. The park has several picnic tables available on a first-come, first-served basis where families and friends can enjoy meals amidst nature. There are also open spaces perfect for laying out blankets or setting up portable chairs to have an outdoor meal while enjoying the beautiful views of Mount Tamalpais and San Pablo Bay. However, there aren't any food services within the park so guests need to bring their own provisions including water as potable water is not guaranteed at all times.
The park has hiking and horseback riding trails and a shaded picnic area. Please be aware that no dogs or bikes are allowed on the park trails.
The park, located in California, offers a variety of birding options for enthusiasts. It is home to over 60 species of birds including raptors and songbirds which can be spotted throughout the year. The diverse habitats within the park such as oak woodlands, grasslands and riparian areas attract different types of birds making it an ideal spot for bird-watching activities. Visitors are advised to bring binoculars or spotting scopes along with field guides during their visit.
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The park is located three miles north of Novato on U.S. 101. The entrance is accessible only to southbound traffic from Highway 101.
Northbound vehicles should continue north past the park and make a safe U-Turn in order to travel south and enter the park.