Place

Inspiration Point Overlook

Visitors look out from inspiration point. Alcatraz Island and the Palace of Fine Arts can be seen.
Visitors enjoying the view from Inspiration Point

Quick Facts

Parking - Auto, Scenic View/Photo Spot, Trailhead

Inspiration Point is a lovely place to begin a hike in the Tennessee Hollow Watershed. Discover Andy Goldsworthy's Spire sculpture among the native plant habitat that's also great for birding.

There is a small parking lot available.

Serpentine grasslands

The southlands are home to serpentine grasslands, the most endangered plant community in the world. They're examples of prairie grass, unique for their ability to grow in serpentine soil, characterized by being nutrient-poor and rich in heavy metals toxic to many species.


Over the years, trees grew over the area and impeded grass growth. The park has now removed most trees to encourage the return of endangered species like Presidio Clarkia, a wildflower that grows in serpentine grasslands exclusively in the Bay Area.

Golden Gate National Recreation Area, Presidio of San Francisco

Last updated: November 7, 2021