• View of the Golden Gate Bridge, taken from the Marin Headlands, looking towards San Francisco at sunrise.

    Golden Gate

    National Recreation Area California

Outdoor Activities

Haypress, Hawk and Bicentennial Campground Services Reduced: Effective April 1, 2013, campground trash services will be eliminated at these campgrounds - visitors will be responsible for "packing-out" their own trash.

There are four campgrounds within the Marin Headlands. Reservations are required. For more information on each campground, please scroll down the page.

Bicentennial Campground

Open All Year

Phone (415) 331-1540

Bicentennial Campground is the most accessible campground in the Park, approximately 100 yards from the parking area near Battery Wallace. There are three sites, each of which can accommodate up to three people with one tent. Water is available at the Visitor Center approximately one mile away. Campers may use BBQ grills in the nearby Battery Wallace picnic area. Maximum stay is three nights per year There is no water available for drinking or cleaning. No fires allowed in the campground. No pets allowed. No fees.

Hawk Camp Campground

OPEN

Phone (415) 331-1540

The most remote of the GGNRA's campgrounds, Hawk Camp is located high above Gerbode Valley. There are three sites, each of which can accommodate up to four people. Choose between a strenuous 3-mile hike up the Bobcat trail from the Marin Headlands Visitor Center, or a 2-mile hike from the Tennessee Valley parking area. Groups may reserve the entire campground from November 1 to March 31. The rest of the year, only one site may be reserved. Maximum stay is three nights per year. Facilities: chemical toilets and picnic tables. There is no water available for drinking or cleaning. No wood or charcoal fires allowed however gas camp stoves may be used. No pets allowed. No fees.

Haypress Campground

OPEN

Phone (415) 331-1540

Located in the Tennessee Valley in the North end of the Marin Headlands (a gentle three-quarters of a mile walk from the parking lot in Tennessee Valley), Haypress has five sites. Each site can accommodate up to four people. Groups may reserve the entire campground from November 1 to March 31. The rest of the year, a maximum of three sites may be reserved per group. Maximum stay is three nights per year. No water is available. No wood or charcoal fires allowed. No pets. No fees.

Kirby Cove Campground & Picnic Area

Open April 1 - October 31
This popular campground in the Marin Headlands, with spectacular views of San Francisco and the Golden Gate. Enjoy a wooded setting, seclusion and protected campsites which were recently restored for all to enjoy. Campsites are available for use only by prior reservation but anyone can walk down the road to enjoy the vistas and picnic on the bluffs or beach. For reservations please call 1-877-444-6777 or go online: http://www.recreation.gov.

Did You Know?

Graywacke sandstone and shale beds

Graywacke sandstone is a common rock at Golden Gate and was deposited on the deep sea floor by underwater landslides called turbidites.