Golden Gate National Recreation Area

Golden Gate National Recreation Area

Forests/Natural Areas in Golden Gate

Bolinas Ridge

The secluded Bolinas Ridge offers panoramic vantage points of the San Andreas Rift Zone. The ridgeline is bookended by the waters of Tomales Bay in the north and Bolinas Lagoon in the south. It is part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area's northern unit, although it is administered ...

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Fort Funston

Fort Funston is a rugged stretch of coastal headlands, sand, and dunes south of Ocean Beach. In some places, the dunes reach heights of 200 feet or more. At the foot of Fort Funston's cliffs is a wild and windy beach suitable for walking or horseback riding. Trails down ...

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Gerbode Valley

Just inside the coastal zone of the Marin Headlands lies the Golden Gate National Parks? wilderness back country, a hiker?s paradise. An extensive network of trails traverses this landscape of grassland and coastal chaparral. Every hilltop offers a panoramic vista point; every valley offers a chance to smell fennel ...

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Kirby Cove

Kirby Cove nestles at the foot of the Marin Headlands just west of the Golden Gate. The steep, mile-long trail to the cove begins at the parking above Battery Spencer, on Conzelman Road?eye-level with the bridge?s towers?and descends through a grove of cypress, eucalyptus, and pine. Tucked inland, above ...

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Lands End

TEMPORARY TRAIL CLOSURES & DETOURS Eagle's Point - TRAIL OPEN Reconstruction work on this section of the Coastal Trail is now COMPLETE. Click here to learn more about the project to improve the trail and visitor experience. Thank you for your patience. Sutro Baths Upper Trail Project - FEBRUARY 23 ? MAY ...

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Milagra Ridge

Surrounded by urban development, Milagra Ridge forms what biologists call an island ecosystem. Here, wildlife is isolated from other habitats, feeding and migration corridors are compromised and exotic species can easily invade native habitat. Despite this isolation, Milagra Ridge hosts a surprising number of threatened and endangered species including ...

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Mori Point

The Mori Point promontory, a recent addition to the Golden Gate National Parks, juts out between Sharp Park and Rockaway beaches in Pacifica. By virtue of longevity, Stefano Mori, an Italian farmer and guesthouse owner, bequeathed his name to the point that he settled in the late 1800s. Mori ...

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Muir Beach

This quiet cove, beach, and lagoon are tucked into the coastline three miles west of Muir Woods. Sunbathers can brave the crisp Pacific breezes and hikers can picnic on their way north or south over the coastal bluffs. The sheltered picnic area next to the Muir Beach parking area ...

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Muir Woods National Monument

This is the best tree-lover's monument that could possibly be found in all the forests of the world, declared conservationist John Muir when describing the majestic coast redwoods of Muir Woods. Until the 1800s, many northern California coastal valleys were covered with coast redwood trees similar to those now found ...

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Phleger Estate

In 1990, Mary Elena Phleger, widowed in 1984 and determined to keep her family's estate intact, offered Peninsula Open Space Trust (POST) the opportunity to make it so. With only 5 paid staff and an exceptionally tight deadline, POST embarked on an ambitious fundraising, lobbying and public awareness campaign. ...

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Presidio of San Francisco

The Historic Presidio For 218 years, the Presidio served as an army post for three nations. World and local events, from military campaigns to the rise of aviation, from World Fairs to earthquakes, left their mark. Come enjoy the history and beauty of the Presidio. Explore centuries of architecture. Reflect ...

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Sweeney Ridge

Sweeney Ridge is a hilly hiking area of ridges and ravines between San Bruno and Pacifica, about a 25-minute drive south from San Francisco. The ridge?s 1,200-foot-high summit, covered with coastal scrub and grassland, slopes down to the bay on one side and to the Pacific on the other. ...

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Tennessee Valley

Tennessee Valley is an amazing offshoot of the Marin Headlands, with hiking trails that suit the whole family. The Tennessee Valley Trail is mostly level; it begins at the parking area and travels 1.7 miles to Tennessee Beach. For the more adventurous hiker, there are a number of other ...

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