Verissimo Hills Preserve

A protected ridge above two residential valleys in western Novato.

Rangers Recommend

  • On the edge of suburban development, the 115-acre preserve connects to private open rangeland running all the way to the Pacific ocean.
  • Stafford Lake Trail, part of the Bay Area Ridge Trail, links to Little Mountain Preserve and Indian Tree Preserve.
  • Dogs are welcome. Dogs must be leashed on trail, and under voice command on fire roads, with leash readily available.

Naturalist Notes

  • The habitats here are predominantly grassland mixed with oak and bay woodlands.
  • Western bluebirds hunt the grasslands, joined by Say’s phoebes and yellow-rumped warblers in winter.
  • Look for blooming wildflowers, including lupine and brodiaea, in spring.
  • This habitat supports wildlife like bobcats and coyotes, but these shy animals are rarely seen.


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Dogs On Leash
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Dogs Voice Control
Horseback Riding

Know Before You Go

  • Stay on roads and trails to preserve sensitive ecosystems and to avoid trespassing on private property.
  • Dress appropriately for the weather. Trails can be muddy during rainy season.
  • Bring water.
  • There are no restrooms at this location.
  • Steer clear of poison oak.
  • After an outing, check for ticks.