Fort Cronkhite

Fort Cronkhite barracks and ocean

Located in the Marin Headlands north of Rodeo Lagoon, Fort Cronkhite is a former World War II military post that stands at the edge of the Pacific Ocean. Fort Cronkhite is one of the few examples of these World War II "mobilization posts" remaining in the country. The fort's barracks, mess halls, and other structures are preserved to tell the story of the soldiers who waited here for an enemy that never came. Today, Fort Cronkhite's buildings are today used as offices and housing for the National Park Service and its park partners.

Tips and Highlights

  • Parking is limited.

  • Enjoy the great outdoors with a picnic on dog-friendly Rodeo Beach.
  • Bring your binoculars, as you will be sure to see some wildlife.
  • Bring snacks and water as there are no food vendors.
  • Hike along the coastal trail to touch the 16-inch caliber gun that oversaw the end of World War II at Battery Townsley.

  • Explore the miles of backcountry trails that meander through coastal hills, and observe birds, butterflies, and bobcats.
  • Please check with Alerts tab to see if any Baker Barry tunnel closures will affect your travel plans.

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Park Partners at Fort Cronkhite

Last updated: April 15, 2024

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Contact Info

Mailing Address:

Golden Gate National Recreation Area
201 Fort Mason

San Francisco, CA 94123


United States Park Police Dispatch: Non-Emergency: 415-561-5505 Emergency: 415-561-5656

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