Often referred to as one of Marin’s “Seven Wonders,” the Inkwell Waterhole is one of the Bay Area’s best kept secret. The Inkwells are small, deep, dark pools beside Sir Francis Drake Boulevard in Lagunitas, West Marin. You can be brave and jump into the waterhole, or just sunbathe on the large warm rocks. There’s incredible harmony between the organic rock formation, glittering waterhole and tranquil river sounds. Definitely worth bringing some friends and a few ice, cold Pacificos (just don’t litter!). The drive to the waterhole is absolutely gorgeous and it’s fun to check out the little towns along the way as well. Once you arrive, there are tons of great hiking trails in the area as well. Lots of fun!
Directions from San Francisco:
If you’re using Google Maps, type in: Shafter Bridge, Lagunitas-Forest Knolls, CA. Or if you trust my directions, head over the Golden Gate Bridge towards Marin. The Inkwell Waterhole is right before the Samuel P. Taylor State Park, so just continue on US 101 North for about 10 miles. Take the San Anselmo exit, and merge onto Sir Francis Drake Blvd. Continue on this road for about 15 miles. You’ll pass through some adorable small towns to include Ross, San Anselmo, Fairfax and finally Lagunitas. Once you pass the golf course and hit Lagunitas, keep an eye out for Shafter Bridge. As soon as you cross the bridge, turn left into the Leo T. Cronin Fish Viewing Area Parking lot. If you pass the sign on the right for Samuel P. Taylor State Park you have gone too far. Park the car, cross the street, and the Inkwells are directly in front of you under a red/orange bridge. Follow the small path on the right side of the red bridge until you get down to the waterhole.