Kirby Cove is located just north of the Golden Gate Bridge at historic Battery Kirby. Visitors are awarded breathtaking views of San Francisco, its famous Golden Gate Bridge, and the rugged Pacific Coast of northern California.
Kirby Cove offers five overnight camping sites and one day-use picnic site, all reached via driving on a steep access road. The day-use site is available as an accessible picnic site for persons with a disability or otherwise limited physical mobility. Sites 2 and 5 are available as accessible campsites for persons with a disability or otherwise limited physical mobility. Contact the Marin Headlands Visitor Center at 415-331-1540 to inquire about accessibility.
The status of Kirby Cove Campground will be changed with updates to guidance from state and local public health authorities.
Reservations at Kirby Cove Campground can be made up to three months before your arrival and may extend up to two days beyond the 3-month booking window.
No further emails will be sent. Your confirmation is your permit which includes gate codes.
Wheelbarrows are not available at Kirby Cove to transport items.
Access to the second Kirby Cove Gate:
Leave No Trace
Pets are prohibited, except trained guide and service animals.
Campers must provide their own water for drinking, cleaning, etc.
For more information:
Foghorns on the Golden Gate Bridge can be heard loud and clear; best to bring earplugs if staying overnight.
In case of emergency Call: Park Dispatch at (415) 561-5656 or 911
Kirby Cove offers a pristine coarse-sand beach with spectacular views - when it's not foggy - of the iconic Golden Gate Bridge and northern San Francisco, including the historic Presidio. The cove is nestled at the foot of the craggy Marin Headlands and has beach access.
A steep, mile-long trail to the cove begins at the parking area above Battery Spencer on Conzelman Road. The path descends through a stately grove of Monterrey pine and cypress and Blue Gum eucalyptus. Coastal sage and colorful Lupine dot the hillsides.
Temperatures are mild year-round. Expect lows from 50-55 degrees and highs from 60-65. Fog is prevalent in the summer months from May-Sept. It is best to bring clothing that can be layered. Lightweight summer clothes are rarely comfortable to wear at Kirby Cove.
The San Francisco Bay Area has no shortage of fun and interesting things to do and see. Awe-inspiring Muir Woods National Monument, with its old-growth coastal redwood forest and numerous hiking trails, is just a 20-minute drive from Kirby Cove. Mount Tamalpais State Park, with hiking and sweeping views of the Bay Area, is another 10 minutes past Muir Woods.
Downtown San Francisco offers a myriad of restaurants, shops, museums and tourist attractions. Fisherman's Wharf, Alcatraz Island and Chinatown are popular destinations. Visitors love riding San Francisco's world famous cable cars up and down the city's hilly streets.
Hiking, picnicking and taking in the beautiful views from Kirby Cove are among the park's most popular activities.
Visitors also enjoy exploring Battery Kirby, a historic army battery in use from 1898-1934. The Point Bonita Lighthouse and Nike Missile Site SF-88 are also close to the campsite.
Marin Headlands Visitor Center 948 Fort Barry Sausalito CA 94965
The access gate is located on Conzelman Road just past the Battery Spencer overlook, within the Marin Headlands. Information is at the Marin Headlands Visitor Center Sausalito CA 94965
For campground inquiries, please call: 415-331-1540 FOR RESERVATIONS PLEASE CALL 1-877-444-6777 OR ONLINE AT RECREATION.GOV
From San Francisco (travelling north):
Cross the Golden Gate Bridge and take exit 442 onto Alexander Avenue. This will be the exit after the Vista Point. Continue straight for about a mile, and then turn left onto Bunker Road. Travel through the Baker-Barry Tunnel and continue straight until you can turn left onto McCullough Road. Continue uphill until you hit the traffic cricle, and take the 2nd exit onto Conzelman Road. Travel downhil until you reach Battery Spencer. The dirt road to Kirby Cove will be behind the white service gate. Park in the parking lot at Kirby Cove.
From Marin (travelling south):
From US-101 South, take the last exit before the Golden Gate Bridge onto Alexander Avenue. Turn right at the stop sign and continue straight for about a mile, until you can turn left onto Bunker Road. Travel through the Baker-Barry Tunnel and continue straight until you can turn left onto McCullough Road. Continue uphill until you hit the traffic cricle, and take the 2nd exit onto Conzelman Road. Travel downhil until you reach Battery Spencer. The dirt road to Kirby Cove will be behind the white service gate. Park in the parking lot at Kirby Cove.