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The Bay Area Sights

Marin Headlands

  • Fort Barry, Bldg. 948 Map It
  • Sausalito
  • Park (National/State/Provincial)
  • Fodor's Choice

Updated 05/02/2014

Fodor's Review

The headlands stretch from the Golden Gate Bridge to Muir Beach. Photographers perch on the southern headlands for shots of the city, with the bridge in the foreground and the skyline on the horizon. Equally remarkable are the views north along the coast and out to sea, where the Farallon Islands are visible on clear days. Nearly all the roads, all of them windy and winding, offer great coastal views.

The headlands' strategic position at the mouth of San Francisco

Bay made them a logical site for World War II military installations. Today you can explore the crumbling concrete batteries where naval guns protected the approaches from the sea. The headlands' main attractions are centered on Forts Barry and Cronkhite, which lie just across Rodeo Lagoon from each other. Fronting the lagoon is Rodeo Beach, a dark stretch of sand that attracts sand-castle builders and dog owners. The beaches at the Marin Headlands are not safe for swimming. The giant cliffs are steep and unstable, so hiking down them can be dangerous. Stay on trails.

The visitor center is a worthwhile stop for its exhibits on the area's history and ecology, and kids enjoy the "please touch" educational sites and small play area inside. You can pick up guides to historic sites and wildlife at the center, as well as the park's newspaper, which has a schedule of guided walks.

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Sight Information

Address:

Visitor Center, Fort Barry Chapel, Fort Barry, Bldg. 948, Field and Bunker Rds., Sausalito, California, 94965, United States

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Phone:

415-331–1540

Sight Details:

  • Park sunrise–sunset visitor center daily 9:30–4

Updated 05/02/2014

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