Kirby Cove

View of Kirby Cove at night overlooking the Golden Gate Bridge and the city of SF.

NPS / Alison Taggart-Barone

 

Descend through a grove of cypress, eucalyptus and pine to a one of a kind view of the Golden Gate Bridge and San Francisco Bay looking east to a panorama view of the city

The steep, mile-long trail to the cove begins at the parking area above Battery Spencer on Conzelman Road-eye-level with the bridge's towers.Kirby Cove also features a campground with four campsites, each accommodating up to 10 people (parking restricted to three vehicles per site). Pit toilets, barbecue pits, picnic tables, and fire rings are available, but there's no water for drinking and hygiene.

Kirby Cove Campground OPEN April 1- November 30.

To make a required reservations, please visit Recreation.gov.

For questions about the site, please call the Marin Headlands Visitor Center at (415) 331-1540.

Tips and Highlights

  • Although campsites are available by reservation only, the public is invited to walk the trail and picnic on the beach or bluffs.
  • Walk in your own water, and plan on an uphill walk back up from the cove.
  • Campground reservations go quickly, make sure to reserve well in advance.
  • Scan the skies in autumn for migrating hawks, kestrels, harriers, falcons, and other raptors.
  • The waves are usually gentle on this beach, but there is no lifeguard.
  • Explore Battery Kirby (1898-1934) by the cove's beach.
  • Kirby Cove presents challenges to visitors with disabilities. Arrangements can be made in advance to allow vehicle access to the picnic site for disabled guests with a valid DMV placard; call (415) 331-1540.

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

Golden Gate National Recreation Area
Building 201, Fort Mason

San Francisco, CA 94123-0022

Phone:

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

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