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From expansive beaches that seem to stretch on forever to tiny pocket beaches nestled into coastal bluffs, the sandy shores of the GGNRA have something for every beach lover. With summer days around the corner, we wanted to share highlights from some of the most unique park beaches.
Majestic views of the Golden Gate Bridge and dramatic sunsets are just a couple things parkgoers love about Baker Beach. A picnic area with tables, grills, and restroom facilities is tucked in the cypress grove at the east end of the parking lot.
Check it out: The Coastal Trail, which spans three Bay Area counties and many park sites, winds its way along the top of the bluffs above Baker Beach. It makes for a great after-work or weekend stroll.
Beach lovers and dog lovers rejoice over the scenic, dog-friendly shores at Fort Funston. The path down to the beach is steep, but visitors can enjoy views from the even and paved loop trails at the top of the bluffs near the parking lot.
Check it out: San Francisco was once covered with sand dunes, and the largest remaining dune field can be found at Fort Funston.
Nestled between coastal bluffs on each side, Tennessee Beach beach feels like a hidden treasure among the valley’s rolling hills. The 1.8-mile trail from the parking lot is mostly flat and partially paved, making for a leisurely bike ride or walk.
Check it out: The rocks here at the cove are chock full of radiolarian fossils that are silt to sand size, that are clearly visible with a hand lens.
For a stress-free day at the beach, follow these beach safety tips: