Welcome to the Marin Headlands!
Discover the many cultures that have called the Marin Headlands home. This includes the history of the Miwok Indians to the American Military and everything in between. Enjoy a hike through our varied trails, including dog-friendly Rodeo Beach, and take in the astonishing views of the Pacific Coast and San Francisco. The explosion of wildflowers in the spring and raptor migration in the fall fill the Headlands with year-round excitement.
The Marin Headlands is an example of open spaces still available in the Bay Area for visitors to enjoy.
Things to do in the Marin Headlands
Tips for your Visit
The sea cliffs and road cuts of the Headlands have exposed some of the finest examples of pillow basalt and radiolarian chert.
Millions of years ago, these rocks formed at the bottom of the sea, several thousand miles from the coast. The black pillow basalt was created from lava spewing from vents, while the red-brown radiolarian chert formed as the remains of radiolarians (microscopic protozoans) collected in layers.As the seafloor moves slowly east, it slides under the North American continent and leaves behind scrapings of radiolarian chert and pillow basalt.
Marin Headlands Visitor Center
Park lands are open from sunrise to sunset.
The Marin Headlands Visitor Center is located in the historic Fort Barry Chapel, at the intersection of Field and Bunker Roads.
The visitor center's exhibits span the history of the Marin Headlands! The exhibits include a native plant garden where visitors can smell and identify local plants of the Marin Headlands; a coastal Miwok shelter, a KO-cha, where visitors can listen to present-day Coastal Miwok people talk about their culture; and an accessible touch table where visitors can examine various marine and land animal bones. Or perhaps, you would like to explore the Headlands on you own? Local field guides and self-guided walks are also available to guide your exploration around the Marin Headlands.
Check out Transit 511.org for MUNI 76 Service on Saturdays, Sundays and holidays.
The Point Bonita Lighthouse is open Saturday, Sunday and Monday from 12:30-3:30 PM.
The Nike site is open the first Saturday of each month from 12:30 - 3:30 PM. Please call the Marin Headlands Visitor Center for other winter hours at (415)331-1540.
Battery Townsley is open the 1st Sunday of each month from 12:00-4:00 PM.