Nicasio is scenically very attractive with timbered and open ridgelines surrounding a wide rolling valley. The area along Lucas Valley Road follows a narrow valley with mostly forested hillsides above it. Oak, bay, and fir trees are common in the area, and along some of the creeks stands of redwoods are still found. Wildlife is abundant. Important pieces of public land in the surrounding area include Point Reyes National Seashore, portions of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, and Samuel P. Taylor State Park.
Several small vineyards have recently been established. Next to Rancho Nicasio within the town of Nicasio is AllStar Organics an organic farm. The most significant non-agricultural business within Nicasio is George Lucas’ Skywalker Ranch, a part of Lucasfilm Ltd. According to a 2004 Forbes Magazine real estate survey, Nicasio is the 23rd most expensive zip code in the US. Centrally located in this area is the small village of Nicasio itself. The town center has a post office a general store, a tiny real estate office, St. Mary’s Church (established in 1867), a baseball field located in the town square, Rancho Nicasio, which is a bar/restaurant/live music establishment, a Druid’s Hall, as well as a number of private homes. The town was founded in the early 19th century to support local agricultural, timber, and fishing activities. Just north of town on Nicasio Valley Road is a beautiful red-painted one-room schoolhouse that opened in 1871. The building is currently a listed historical landmark. Nicasio was home to Jerry Garcia, guitarist for the Grateful Dead, at time of his death in August 1995. A major landmark in the area is the man-made Nicasio Reservoir.