The Phillip Burton Wilderness, located in the southern end of Point Reyes National Seashore, encompasses over 33,000 acres of prime wildlife habitat and recreational trails in the Bay Area. Other than the Farallon Island Marine Sanctuary, located offshore, this is the only designated wilderness in the Bay Area. Named for California Congressman Phillip Burton, this expansive tract of land protects nearly 40 miles of coastline, which includes Douglas-fir and Bishop pine forests, the Park's four backcountry campgrounds and nearly 100 miles of park trails. Come take a hike and experience it for yourself. Opportunities to see, learn and study a vast array of plants, animals and natural ecosystems earned this area its inclusion in the Golden Gate Biosphere Reserve - a UNESCO designation reserved for only the most biologically diverse landscapes.
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Learn more about The Wilderness Act of 1964