This small preserve east of Novato is popular with dog walkers and joggers, and delights visitors with wildflowers displays in the spring.
Deer Island serves as a daily slice of nature for many Marin residents. It’s level 2-mile loop trail is easily accessed and frequently used by exercisers and dog walkers, though it is still possible to find a slice of solitude on this diverse 135-acre preserve. Spring brings a show of wildflowers that attract a variety of butterfly species. Hikers can also enjoy the surrounding marshland, oak grassland, California Bay woodlands, varied birds and raptors and plenty of deer.