Activities in the Parks

Can’t Choose Your Own Adventure? Start Here and Go!

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With hundreds of miles of trails threading through 37 distinct sites across 80,000 acres of the Golden Gate National Parks, it can be hard to decide where to go and what to do. Let the Parks Conservancy’s experts be your guide! We’ve carefully curated our favorite hikes, walks, and excursions to share with you and your loved ones. There’s something (and some place) for everyone! We reveal some of the natural wonders and historical highlights you’ll experience along the way, but there are plenty more surprises for you to discover. So browse below, then grab your boots and backpack. Your national parks are waiting.

Water drops on fern
Trail
Difficulty: Easiest

Length

2.05 miles round-trip
The Stapelveldt Trail starts at the busy Pantoll Trailhead. Head downhill towards the southeast along a deep ravine into a verdant, dense wood. Cross the TCC Trail and continue downhill through the same valley filled with with tall redwoods and large sword ferns. Parallel a small creek that eventually joins...
Sun Trail
Trail
Difficulty: Easiest

Length

1.42 miles round-trip
Make your way along this flat, well-groomed path along the contours of Mt. Tamalpais . The Pacific Ocean, coastal redwoods, the Farallon Islands, and unbelievable sunsets are all there, or not, if the fog is in. See something different every time you take this trail. Head along the open grassy...
Hiking near Pantoll Campground
Trail
Difficulty: Moderate

Length

3.62 miles round-trip
The TCC Trail is named for the Tamalpais Conservation Club, a group that has been maintaining and preserving the area's trails continuously for the last 100+ years. The TCC Trail (like many others in the area) was built by the Civilian Conservation Corps as part of the New Deal program...

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