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Golden Gate NRA

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Fort Mason, Building 201
San Francisco, CA 94123-0022

North and south of the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco
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The Golden Gate National Recreation Area is one of the largest urban national parks in the world. Established in 1972, the park's 75,398 acres of land and water extend north of the Golden Gate Bridge to Tomales Bay in Marin County and south to San Mateo County, encompassing 59 miles of bay and ocean shoreline. These lands represent one of the nation’s largest coastal preserves.

The park contains numerous historical and cultural resources, including Alcatraz Island, Marin Headlands, Nike Missile Site, Fort Mason, as well as Muir Woods National Monument, Fort Point National Historic Site, and the Presidio of San Francisco. These sites contain a variety of archeological sites, military forts and other historic structures which present a rich chronicle of two hundred years of history, including Native American culture, the Spanish Empire frontier, the Mexican Republic, evolution of American coastal fortifications, maritime history, 18th century and early 20th century agriculture, military history, California Gold Rush, Buffalo Soldiers, and the growth of urban San Francisco.

Golden Gate National Recreation Area is also rich in natural resources. It is comprised of 19 separate ecosystems in 7 distinct watersheds and is home to 1,273 plant and animal species. With 80 sensitive, rare, threatened, or endangered species, including the Northern Spotted Owl, California Red-legged Frog, and Coho Salmon, the park has the fourth largest number (33) of federally protected or endangered species of all units in the National Park System.

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Open year-round


Modern Restrooms
Picnic Area(s)
Visitor Center


Additional Details:
Much of the park is within walking distance from San Francisco, with other areas up to an hour''s drive away. The recreation area follows San Francisco''s northern and western shoreline, extending down the peninsula. Across Golden Gate Bridge in Marin County, follow any of the various access roads off of Highway 101, including Alexander Avenue, Shoreline Highway and Sir Francis Drake Boulevard, to the recreation area. The Municipal Railway (MUNI) bus system serves Rodeo Beach in Marin on Sundays. Visitor information is available at Fort Mason, The Cliff House, Fort Point, Rodeo Beach and Muir Woods, Fort Funston and the Presidio. GGNRA lands in San Mateo County are accessible via Skyline Blvd.

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Basic Directions
Golden Gate NRA can be reached by Highways 1, 101, 880 and 280 from the north, south or east parts of the San Francisco Bay Area.
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