With more than 3,600 acres of natural space, Novato is a paradise for mountain biking and hiking. Borrowed from the Spanish Novato ("beginner"), it is the 2nd largest town in Marin. It offers a lot of restaurants, coffee shops, and parks. Outstanding views may be had from Mt. Burdell, which is 1,558 feet high. Two public golf courses can be found in Novato, along with a network of 27 parks dotted with oak trees and a 16,000-square-foot skate park for young skateboarders.