Temporary Closure of Waters Around Alcatraz Island
From 7/3 to 9/22 a 500’ marine buffer zone is in effect, closing the perimeter of Alcatraz Island to all private vessels to protect nesting seabirds during America's Cup racing. Tours to Alcatraz continue as usual during the races. More »
Muir Beach (but not nearby Muir Woods) closed July 8-November 2013, but local businesses are open
Though Muir Beach is closed from July 8-November 2013 due to construction, the PELICAN INN IS OPEN. Restrooms and parking are not available at Muir Beach. Pacific Way is closed except to residents. Check back for updates or call (415)561-3054. More »
CAUTION: Post Storm Damage to Coastal Trail
The Presidio Coastal Trail segment just north of the Pacific Overlook and adjacent to Lincoln Blvd remains CLOSED indefinitely. We have posted signage to alert bicyclists and hikers and with information for safe trail alternatives. More »
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?
Adolph Sutro built this Cliff House in 1909 to provide San Franciscians with a relaxing place to recreate. More...