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
Tips and Highlights
FORT CRONKHITE'S PARK PARTNERS
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
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.
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.
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.
NAVIGATING FORT CRONKHITE
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.
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.
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.
For more information, please contact:
Fort Barry, Building 948
Sausalito, CA 94965
Phone: (415) 331-1540