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Marin Headlands

Golden Gate National Recreation Area, Mill Valley, California 94941 USA

Free to Visit
Closed Now
Opens Fri 9:30a
  • Independent
  • Credit Cards
    not Accepted
  • Pet Friendly
  • Wheelchair
  • Public
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The Marin Headlands are great for hiking or just a scenic drive. There are plenty of nice windy roads, in addition to a scenic loop you can cruise. You’ll also find a variety of trails, including some day hikes and quick strolls. The two highlights here? The old WWII-era gun batteries you can climb around and the lesser-known views of the Golden Gate Bridge, away from the tourists. Bonus: If you know where to look, there’s also a Nike Missile Site you can see from afar if you’re into Cold War history.

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Discover the many cultures that have called the Marin Headlands home. This includes the history of the Miwok Indians to the American Military and everything in between. Enjoy a hike through our varied trails, including dog-friendly Rodeo Beach, and take in the astonishing views of the Pacific Coast and San Francisco. The explosion of wildflowers in the spring and raptor migration in the fall fill the Headlands with year-round excitement. The Marin Headlands is an example of open spaces still available in the Bay Area for visitors to enjoy.

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Reviewed by
Kori and Brian Truono

  • Road Warrior
  • 78 Reviews
  • 172 Helpful
May 13, 2014

Don't miss the Point Bonita Lighthouse at the end of the peninsula of the Marin Headlands. The 1 mile trip out offers spectacular views of the Golden Gate from several angles (the natural beauty of the surrounding cliff sides can't be beat either).

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Reviewed by
Anthony Arata

  • 124 Reviews
  • 16 Helpful
March 31, 2018
Rated 5.0

One of the best views in the entire Bay Area (when the view is clear). Parking around is tough to find with all the tourists but is very much worth the view.

Also try coming here at night on a clear night to see the bridge lit up with the city skyline behind. Truly an exceptional view!

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Marin Headlands

Golden Gate National Recreation Area
Mill Valley, California
94941 USA


Closed Now
  • Sun - Sat: 9:30 am - 4:30 pm

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Good for bird watching, hiking, and 3 more activities.

  • Parking
  • Pets Allowed
  • Restrooms
  • Wifi
  • Wheelchair Accessible
  • Credit Cards Accepted
  • Outdoor Seating
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