Golden Gate & Marin

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39 mi 62 km

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24 mi 38 km

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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.

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Mountain biking is allowed on certain trails in Marin Headlands. However, not all trails are open for mountain bike use so please respect the hiker-only trails and use the MTB Project mobile app to make sure you stay on the designated mountain bike legal trails.

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 and 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.

Shops, Shuttles and Tours

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.

Food and 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.

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.

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#1 Diaz Ridge
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#5 Old Springs Trail
Marin City, CA
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#7 Bobcat Trail
Marin City, CA
2.9 mi 4.7 km Marin City, CA
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#8 Marincello Trail
Tamalpais-Homestead Valley, CA
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#10 Coastal Fire Road
Tamalpais Valley, CA
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