Marin County Parks and Open Space Department

Stafford Lake Bike Park Logo

Stafford Lake Bike Park is the North Bay’s first public bike park. The all-levels park features the only dual slalom course west of Truckee as well as beautiful views of Stafford Lake. Once fully completed, the park will encompass 17 acres in the northwestern segment of the 139-acre Stafford Lake Park in Novato, California.

Stafford Lake Park, including the bike park, is open daily; however, hours change seasonally and are posted here. The bike park will periodically close for trail maintenance and during and after some rain events when soils are very wet. Find out about bike park alerts and closures by calling (415) 473-JUMP (5867). The bike park is free and open to the public, though there is an entry fee to park your vehicle at Stafford Lake Park. If you plan to park at Stafford Lake Park often, consider purchasing an annual parks pass, which also provides parking access to our regional parks and boat launches.

Trails

Stafford Lake Bike Park includes a kids learn-to-ride zone pump track, beginner zone pump track (all ages), skills perimeter trail, dual slalom gravity zone, and progression jump course. The skills perimeter trail should suit most riders and provides access to the dual slalom gravity zone and progression jump course. The dual slalom is appropriate for intermediate to advanced riders, and the progression jump course has three jump lines with varying degrees of difficulty. Download the trail map.

Future park phases, to be built pending further fundraising, would add advanced and intermediate pump tracks, a terrain park, downhill and flow trails, bridge crossings, progression trail with balance features, and a main event plaza. Learn more about donating to Phase II on the Friends of Stafford Lake website.

Bike Park Rules and Etiquette

Safety First

  • Helmets required. No exceptions.
  • Use body armor and protective gear.
  • Safety check your bike and gear before riding.

Bikes Only

  • No dogs, scooters, skateboards, or motorized vehicles.
  • Pedestrians must stay off trails and features, except where permitted. Stay visible.

Use Facility at Your Own Risk

  • Riding here is a “hazardous recreational activity” per California Government Code 831.7.

Using Jumps and Features

  • Ride within your abilities. Progress slowly.
  • One rider at a time. Look before you jump.
  • Clear landing areas quickly.

Be Courteous

  • Call out when passing.
  • Yield to pedestrians and uphill traffic.
  • You may lose all privileges and/or be subject to civil or criminal penalties per Marin County Code Title10.

Riding the Trails

  • Stay on trails and don’t skid out.
  • Conditions change constantly so always inspect where you’re riding.
  • Keep off closed trails.
  • Only ride trails within your abilities.

Be Weather Aware

  • Assess wind conditions.

Smoking & Alcohol Prohibited Within Bike Park

No Vandalizing. No Building.

  • No building or modifying trails and features.

Children 8 Years & Under Must be Accompanied by an Adult

Help Out at the Park!

The Friends of Stafford Lake Bike Park is a local non-profit formed by mountain bikers specifically to get the bike park off the ground. Since the park is made of dirt and needs ongoing watering and maintenance to keep the features intact, they are also working to coordinate volunteer mountain bikers to help maintain the park.

Events at Stafford Lake Bike Park

In the near term, it is anticipated that the bike park’s major sponsors will be holding events at the bike park. When future bike park expansion is complete, it will be possible to reserve the bike park for events. Until that time, reservations are for sponsors only.

Sponsor Logos: Fox Factory Holding Corporation; Camelbak; Santa Cruz Bicycles; Mikes Bikes; WTB - Wilderness Trail Bikes; Bike Monkey; Violich Family Foundation

Directions:

Stafford Lake Park is located at 3549 Novato Blvd, Novato.
From Hwy 101 in Novato, take exit 463 for San Marin Dr west 2.9 miles. Turn right onto Novato Blvd and follow for 2.6 miles. The park is on the left. Upon entering Stafford Lake Park, turn right. The bike park is at the end on the right

Visit walkbikemarin.org, transitandtrails.org, 511.org, or dial 511 to find out about alternative transportation and public transit options from your location.

  • Mountain Biking Activity Icon

Amenities

Drinking Fountain, Parking, Restroom, Bike Fix-it Station

Hours

Click here for hours

Google Directions Button