Golden Gate & Marin

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67 mi 107 km of trail 9 Featured Hikes

Gems 11 Gems Easy Trails 36 Trails Intermediate Trails 20 Trails Hard Trails 3 Trails

Golden Gate and Marin Headlands, a part of the larger Golden Gate National Recreation Area, offer spectacular recreational opportunities to millions of visitors each year. The park is situated just north of San Francisco and is bound by both the Pacific Ocean and San Francisco Bay. The park is rich in varied histories from the Military to the Miwok Indians, including both Fort Barry and Cronkhite, the NIKE Missile site and the 150-year-old Point Bonita lighthouse. There is also an array of other attractions including hundreds of miles of trails, scenic beaches, and incredible vistas of San Francisco. On top of all this, wildflowers abound in the spring, and raptors migrate through the park in the fall. Visitors will undoubtedly enjoy this beautifully preserved open space in the otherwise over-built Bay Area.

To learn more about Golden Gate and Marin, visit www.nps.gov.

Local Info

Visitor Centers:
There are a variety of visitor centers, book stores, historic sites, and destinations located within the park. For more information on a specfic visitor center and to see current hours of operation, visit the park's website.

  • Marin Headlands Visitor Center: Open 9:30 am to 4:30 pm. Closed on Thanksgiving and Christmas Day.
  • Point Bonita Lighthouse: Open 12:30 pm to 3:30 pm, Saturday, Sunday, and Monday.
  • SF-88 Nike Missile Site: Open 12:30 pm to 3:30 pm, the first Saturday of every month.
  • Battery Townsley: Open 12 pm to 4 pm, the first Sunday of every month.
  • Presidio Visitor Center: Open 10 am to 5 pm, daily.
  • Presidio Officer's Club: Open 10 am to 6 pm, Tuesday through Sunday.
  • Fort Point National Historic Site: Open 10 am to 5 pm, Friday through Sunday.
  • Lands End Lookout: Open 9 am to 5 pm, daily.

Visiting Tips

The Golden Gate National Recreation Area is open year round. Hours of visitor centers and other facilities at may vary by season. For more information, visit the park's website.

Fees & Passes:
There is no entrance fee for the Golden Gate National Recreation Area Sites, except for Muir Woods National Monument. Certain facilities may charge a reservation or use fee. To learn more about park fees, click here.

Camping & Lodging

Camping:
Marin Headlands offers several campgrounds for those looking to extend their stay in the park. Sites are limited and reservations are required. To learn more about camping in the park, click here.

  • Kirby Cove Campground: 5 sites. Open April 1 to October 31. $25 per night per site. Reservations can be made online or by calling 1 (877) 444-6777
  • Haypress Campground: 5 sites. Groups may reserve the entire campground from November 1 to March 31. The remainder of the year, only three sites may be reserved. No fee.
  • Hawk Camp Campground: 3 sites. Groups may reserve the entire campground from November 1 to March 31. The remainder of the year, only one site may be reserved. No fee.
  • Bicentennial Campground: 3 sites. Available on a first come, first served basis. No fee.

Lodging:
While there are a host of lodging accommodations available in the surrounding San Francisco Bay Area, there are a couple options for lodging located in the park itself. The Inn at the Presidio is located in the Presidio and is a historic hotel that has been restored as a guest lodge. The
Cavallo Point Lodge, located in Fort Baker, offers a unique history and contemporary lodging options. Another option for reasonably priced accomodation located in the park is the Marin Headlands Hostel.

Food & Drink

Visitors have their choice of dining options at the Presidio. The Crissy Field Warming Hut and Beach Hut Café are perfect for beverages, soup, or sandwiches after a stroll along the Crissy Field shoreline. The Dish Café, Acre Café, Presidio Café, Presidio Bowling Center, Presidio Social Club, and Disney Museum Café are all great options for a meal while exploring the Presidio.

Options at Lands End include Sutro's at the Cliff House, an elegant restaurant with some of the most spectacular views in the park. Call (415) 386-3330 for reservations. Louis' Restaurant is another option at Lands End. Visitors to Fort Mason can choose between Greens, a famous vegetarian restaurant that is open for lunch and dinner and also serves beverages and pastries throughout the day, and Cooks which offers a variety of sandwiches and soups. There are no food vendors in the Marin Headlands. It is recommended that visitors bring food and snacks with them. There is also a wide variety of dining options outside of the park.

After the Hike: Local Favorites

Le Garage Serves simple French Cuisine, bistro style on the waterfront. - Nikki
Bar Bocce Delicious pizza and beautiful water view. Earlier lunch is recommended to avoid long wait during weekends.
1250 Bridgeway, Sausalito CA — (415) 331-0555
Barrel House Tavern Views are amazing. Ribs and sliders great for appetizers. Also they have a make your own Bloody Mary bar!
660 Bridgeway, Sausalito CA — (415) 729-9593
Pagan Samusa Soup is the best thing on the menu!
Cassava I can't go more than a fortnight without the Meatballs. Also, if you haven't added the Friday night Pop-up dinners to your bucket list, well then you know what has to be done.
Pizzetta 211 Don't come here with more than 2 people. Tiny spot!
Fiorella I really enjoyed the Green, Eggs, and Ham Pizza. Great local Italian spot.
Seakor Polish Deli & European Foods Great place to pickup a bag or two of frozen perogies and smoke-cooked sausages.
Kabuto Beware the text on the Omakase menu. It says $65 (good for 2 ppl), but it actually means $65/person!
Han Il Kwan SF Weekly's Best of Winner 2010 - Editorial Pick - BEST ONE-DISH FEAST: DOLSOT BIBIMBAP
Lou's Cafe Best sandwich in San Francisco. #fact
Sol Food Puerto Rican Cuisine Bistec Sandwich, extra side of pink mayo, and mariquitas; BOOM.
Mandalay Go to Mandalay and order the Tea Leaf Salad.
Halu You'd be hard-pressed to find better okonomiyaki in the city. Throw in the Beatles decor, the offal-laden yakitori, and the friendly family vibe and the tiny Halu's a win. [Eater 38 Member]
312 8th Ave, San Francisco CA — (415) 221-9165
Schubert's Bakery Try a slice of the Princess Cake - authentic flavor!
Marina Deli & Liquors All on point.
Burma Superstar Sharing borders with India, China, Laos and Thailand, Burmese cuisine is inevitably influenced by the spices, seasonings, ingredients, and cooking styles of its neighbors.
Delarosa Let's be honest; no one goes here for the food.
Arsicault Bakery Holy cow, if you like savory pastries, the ham and cheese croissant is no joke.
Blue Barn Gourmet Marina Girl Says would be so proud of you.

Outfitters, Tours, & Shuttles

Guided Tours:
The Golden Gate National Recreation Area offers a variety of ranger-led programs that vary by season. To learn more about these ranger-led programs and to see the current events calendar, click here.

Shuttles:
There is a free park shuttle that runs each weekend until September. Check this map for more information on shuttle stops. Addiitonally, the Presidio offers a free shuttle service. For more information on the PresidoGo Shuttle, click here.

Other Activities

When done exploring the miles of trails, enjoying the coastal scenery, and learning about the rich culture and history of Golden Gate and Marin Headlands, visitors can enjoy a variety of other outdoor activities in the area. There are many options for mountain biking and rock climbing in the San Francisco Bay area as well as the other units of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area to explore.

Maps & Guidebooks

To download a variety of free brochures to help plan your visit, click here.

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0.5 mi 0.9 km
#1 Point Bonita Trail
Tamalpais-Homestead Valley, CA
0.5 mi 0.9 km Tamalpais-Homestead Valley, CA
All Clear
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Lighthouse closes at 3:30pm
73 days ago
San Francisco, CA
0.3 mi 0.5 km San Francisco, CA
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1.1 mi 1.8 km
#3 SCA Trail
Sausalito, CA
1.1 mi 1.8 km Sausalito, CA
Unknown
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1.5 mi 2.4 km
#4 Pirates Cove Trail
Tamalpais Valley, CA
1.5 mi 2.4 km Tamalpais Valley, CA
Unknown
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Sausalito, CA
0.2 mi 0.4 km Sausalito, CA
Unknown
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0.3 mi 0.4 km
#6 Mile Rock Trail
San Francisco, CA
0.3 mi 0.4 km San Francisco, CA
Unknown
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1.1 mi 1.7 km
#7 Owl Trail
Tamalpais Valley, CA
1.1 mi 1.7 km Tamalpais Valley, CA
Unknown
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Marin City, CA
0.3 mi 0.4 km Marin City, CA
Unknown
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San Francisco, CA
0.4 mi 0.7 km San Francisco, CA
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1.3 mi 2.1 km
#10 Park Blvd. Trail
San Francisco, CA
1.3 mi 2.1 km San Francisco, CA
Unknown
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Tamalpais-Homestead Valley, CA
0.5 mi 0.7 km Tamalpais-Homestead Valley, CA
Unknown
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Sausalito, CA
0.6 mi 1.0 km Sausalito, CA
Unknown
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0.3 mi 0.4 km
#13 Morning Sun Trail
Sausalito, CA
0.3 mi 0.4 km Sausalito, CA
Unknown
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Sausalito, CA
1.4 mi 2.2 km Sausalito, CA
Unknown
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Tamalpais-Homestead Valley, CA
1.9 mi 3.0 km Tamalpais-Homestead Valley, CA
Unknown
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9.6 mi 15.5 km
#16 Miwok Trail
Marin City, CA
9.6 mi 15.5 km Marin City, CA
Unknown
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3.3 mi 5.4 km
#17 Coastal Trail
Marin City, CA
3.3 mi 5.4 km Marin City, CA
Unknown
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San Francisco, CA
1.9 mi 3.0 km San Francisco, CA
Unknown
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Tamalpais Valley, CA
2.0 mi 3.2 km Tamalpais Valley, CA
Unknown
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2.6 mi 4.2 km
#20 Alta Trail
Marin City, CA
2.6 mi 4.2 km Marin City, CA
Unknown
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