You can see the breathtaking Golden Gate bridge and a the bay glistening below you from the Bicentennial Campground.
Located in the heart of San Francisco, this is the best place in Golden Gate Park for some killer views. You can also grill at Battery Wallace, which is only a short walk away. Did we mention its free?
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Natural features you'll find at Bicentennial Campground.
The vibe at Bicentennial Campground
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This is not a first come first serve site. You must make reservations, and you must make the reservation 1 month out. For instance if you want to camp Sept 15 you must call August 15th and make a reservation. No fires allowed but camp stoves are ok.
If you're looking for seclusion, you won't find it here. Bicentennial is one of 3 free sites you can reserve via permit from the Marin Headland's Visitor's Center (3 free nights per year per license plate!) and the most accessible of all three. You can only have 2 neighbors, and if you can overlook the noise of the tourists at the picnic site above as you set up camp, you're in for a great night. Push through the pines for unobstructed views of the bridge and the city all lit up as the sun sets behind you. If you're shy about answering the call of nature, there's an ancient port-a-potty adjacent to the campground, and a fancy pit toilet at the picnic grounds above. Don't forget to check out the battery ruins. Expect raccoon drive-bys.
Bicentennial Campground is such a gem. It's an easy 1hr bike ride from the city and makes for a great weeknight camping trip.
Remember to pickup your permit from the Marin Headlands Visitor Center before proceeding to camp.
Heads up: The three campsites are very close to each other. Expect to hang with your neighbors if the other sites are booked.
Pros: It's in an amazing and beautiful area and you get views of the ocean and Golden Gate Bridge (if it's not too foggy). It's small (3 sites) so it's kept fairly clean, including the porta-potty. It's close to the city an Sausalito!
Warnings: The location by the Golden Gate Bridge also means if it is foggy you will hear fog horns. This went on for hours into the night. No campfires allowed; At night it's pitch dark, so you will need to bring a few good lanterns to hang outside the tent; unfortunately, stargazing wasn't an option since it was pretty cloudy/foggy. Lastly, there is a hill -- you park uphill and bring stuff downhill. It doesn't take long but is some work.
A beautiful location if you're prepared for the cold and foghorns!