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Potable water
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People travel from far and wide, sometimes spending thousands of dollars on a vacation to look upon the famous Golden Gate Bridge. If you're an avid camper or just want a nice place to stay, few places in the world can compete with this priceless view available from the Bicentennial Campground.

Nestled within the trees and somewhat sheltered from coastal winds, the Bicentennial Campground is aptly placed near an abundance of hiking trails that offer great panoramic photo opportunities of San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge and Northern California coastline.

If it’s wildlife you’re looking for, black-tailed deer can be seen grazing on the hillsides, but don’t be surprised if you wake up in the morning to find them just outside your tent. Tourists traveling between the December through April months might catch the occasional migrating gray whale spout or tail flop on the horizon, appearing almost as a casual wave hello and welcome.

As you hike around the area you will undoubtedly notice manmade bunkers or concrete turrets. During the Cold War era the Golden Gate National Recreation Area was better known as the Nike Missile Site. It was considered to be one of the last lines of defense against potential Soviet bombers. Don’t worry, the the area has long been inactive and now primarily serves as an historical tourist destination.

With so much to see and experience, many find it hard to leave this area in such a hurry, so the Marin Visitor Center offers tourists and locals alike the opportunity to camp or spend the afternoon at one of their many picnic areas that overlook the city by the bay.

Logistics + Planning

Preferable season(s)


Parking Pass



Great nearby views. Wildflowers. Wildlife viewing. Easy access.


Roads can be a bit congested in and out of this area.

Pets allowed


Managed by

Marin Visitors Center

Reservation phone number

(415) 331-15


Historically significant
Flushing toilets
Picnic tables
Covered picnic areas

Recommended Campsites Without Photos

Campsites are not numbered. First-come, first-served through reservations with the Marin Headlands Visitor Center.


Nearby Adventures

Nearby Lodging + Camping


Pets are not allowed. :/
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