Marin Headlands


The Marin Headlands has an amazing richness of history and biological diversity.

Known for its unique geology, its fog-swept coastal prairie ecosystem, and many chapters of history, the Marin Headlands has a lot of diversity in the stories it holds. Dramatic cliffs of oceanic rock offer sweeping views of the Golden Gate Bridge, and the foghorn frequently resounds over the misty lagoon and rolling hills of coyote brush and sage. The Headlands’ human history is long and layered – originating with the Coast Miwok peoples who have lived here for thousands of years and evolving to become a hotspot for coastal defense through the Cold War. Today, we welcome international and local visitors, jr. rangers, hikers, surfers, students, birders, geologists, historians, and researchers. We hope you find a way in which your own lives and passions intersect with the themes underlying the story of this park.

Tips & Highlights

  • We seek to make our park accessible and usable to all individuals. Learn more on our accessibility page.

  • See our calendar for upcoming events.

  • You may lose cellular service in parts of the Headlands. Plan ahead.

  • Bring your own snack and water; there are limited food vendors in the Marin Headlands.

  • Picnic area at Battery Wallace, near the Point Bonita Trailhead is complete with tables and grills (no water on site).

  • Marin Headlands trails can be accessed off of Highway 101 from Rodeo Avenue Exit and Trailhead, and Spencer Avenue Exit at Morning Sun Trailhead. Access is prohibited from Wolfback Ridge Road, which is private.


Last updated: November 14, 2021

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Golden Gate National Recreation Area
Building 201, Fort Mason

San Francisco , CA 94123-0022


415 561-4700

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