Fort Cronkhite

Fort Cronkhite barracks and ocean

Photo courtesy of Kirke Wrench


Welcome to Fort Cronkhite!

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.

Things to Do
  • Hike along the coastal trail to touch the 16-inch caliber gun that oversaw the end of World War II at Battery Townsley.
  • Take a stroll around Rodeo Lagoon and view local birds that call Fort Cronkhite home. Print out this birding guide and see how many species you can identify.
  • Explore the miles of backcountry trails that meander through coastal hills, and observe birds, butterflies, and bobcats.
Tips and Highlights
  • Look for the Marin Headlands Visitor Center's red spire at the intersection of Bunker and Field roads. Explore exhibits on the natural and historical resources of the Marin Headlands.
  • Download the Fort Cronkhite History Walk and learn about how the World War II Army Post helped defend San Francisco.
  • 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 in the Marin Headlands.


Love nature? View and learn about native animal and plant species with Fort Cronkhite’s park partners. Below is a list of just a few stellar nature programs at Fort Cronkhite.

Golden Gate Raptor Observatory (GGRO)
Golden Gate Raptor Observatory

The Golden Gate Raptor Observatory studies migrating birds of prey along the Pacific coast, promotes preservation of raptors, and involves the community in wildlife research.

The Marine Mammal Center
Marine Mammal Center

The Marine Mammal Center's mission is to expand knowledge about marine mammals their health and that of their ocean environment and inspire their global conservation.

Marin Native Plant Nursery
The Marin Headlands Nursery team of staff and volunteers grow plants to preserve and restore the Marin Headlands. Visitors are welcome to stop in to enjoy the nursery’s courtyard demonstration garden, which is a treasure trove of native plants
NatureBridge is dedicated to teaching environmental education in nature's classroom to inspire a personal connection to the natural world and responsible actions to sustain it.


Parking is limited. The Fort Cronkhite Parking Lot is located at the north end of Rodeo Beach at the intersection of Mitchell Road and Kirpatrick street. There is also parking at the Marin Headlands Visitor Center.

Public Transit

San Francisco MUNI Line 76x Marin Headlands Express serves major sites in the Marin Headlands Saturdays, Sundays, and most holidays. Contact MUNI for schedule: (415) 673- 6864.


Download the Marin Headlands map with detailed maps of Fort Cronkhite/Fort Barry and Fort Baker.

Travel Alerts

The Baker-Barry Tunnel will be closed for important improvements from approximately November 2016 to April 2017. Please check with tunnel closure website to see if the tunnel closure will affect your travel plans.

Want to know more about Fort Cronkhite?

Visit our page on army life at Fort Cronkhite page and learn more about the soldiers’ war-time experience.

Identify the architectural elements that characterize the WWII "temporary construction" buildings that populate Fort Cronkhite.

Contact Us
For more information, please contact:

Fort Barry, Building 948
Sausalito, CA 94965

Phone: (415) 331-1540

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

Golden Gate National Recreation Area
Building 201, Fort Mason

San Francisco, CA 94123-0022


(415) 561-4700
Pacific West Region Information Center (415) 561-4700 Special Event & Commercial Film Permits (415) 561-4300

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