Winter Surf Warning
Every year people drown in the surf off Northern California beaches - don't let it be you! Be extra alert on park beaches during the winter storm season. Do not turn your back on the shoreline and watch for extra powerful “sneaker” waves.
Located in the Marin Headlands, Fort Cronkhite is a former World War II military post that stands at the edge of the Pacific Ocean. Fort Cronkhite today is one of the few preserved examples of these World War II "mobilization posts" remaining in the country. The fort's barracks, mess halls, supply buildings, and other structures are preserved to tell the story of the soldiers who waited here for an enemy that never came.
To learn more about the park's historic World War II army post, visit the Fort Cronkhite history page.
Tips and Highlights
Beaches and Basalt
Fort Cronkhite is also the location of Rodeo Lagoon and Rodeo Beach. Trail heads that lead up into the Marin Headlands coast line and Battery Townsley begin here.
Fort Cronkhite is also home to many park partners, including the Marine Mammal Center, The Headlands Institute, the Golden Gate Raptor Observatory and others.
Visiting the Marin Headlands
From the North
• Take Hwy 101 southbound.
From the South
• Take Hwy 101 northbound across the Golden Gate Bridge.
Directions to Fort Cronkhite
• On Bunker Road, pass through one way Baker-BarryTunnel.
For more information
Marin Headlands Visitor Center
Did You Know?
Blueschist is a form of high pressure and low temperature metamorphic rock that only forms around subduction zones.