You can see the breathtaking Golden Gate bridge and a good stretch of the bay glistening below you from the Bicentennial Campground. This is the best place in Golden Gate Park for some killer views from the nearby bluffs. You can also grill at Battery Wallace, which is only a short walk away. Did we mention it’s free?
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Bring your own tents
No. of sites
Hike in (+10 mins)
Group sizes
Up to 3 people per site
Fires allowed
Toilet available
Picnic table available
River, stream or creek
Hot spring
Swimming hole
Horseback riding
Wind sports
Wildlife watching
Snow sports
Whitewater paddling
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Hipcamper Andy
Andy Z.
didn't provide a recommendation.
April 13th, 2015

There isn't a whole lot of privacy, but there is plenty to explore near by.

Hipcamper Dina
Dina B.
didn't provide a recommendation.
July 29th, 2015

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.

Hipcamper Aja
Aja P.
didn't provide a recommendation.
November 29th, 2015

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.

Hipcamper Bart
Bart T.
didn't provide a recommendation.
August 18th, 2015

Great spot if you want to sleep outdoors while visiting the city. Rangers can leave your reservation/permit at the nearby ranger station so that you can arrive after hours.

Hipcamper Andrew
Andrew P.
didn't provide a recommendation.
October 13th, 2015

Saw a bobcat here! Only 3 sites basically next to each other. very basic sites but we spent most of the time watching the incredible view ~200 feet from the site of the bay.

Tree at the battery up the hillView of Sutro tower way off in the distance
Hipcamper Thomas
Thomas K.
didn't provide a recommendation.
November 27th, 2015

Hike in only: Bicentennial Campground is the most accessible campground in the Park, approximately 100 yards from the parking area near Battery Wallace..

Hipcamper Malorie
Malorie L.
didn't provide a recommendation.
December 4th, 2017

Fires are NOT allowed, only camp stoves. That should be corrected.

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August 26th, 2018
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September 3rd, 2018
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February 15th, 2018
Hipcamper Jeremiah C.
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December 19th, 2017
Hipcamper Mark J.
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July 16th, 2017
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37.825° N, 122.525° W
Tent Only - Hike In: 3 Sites
(Up to 3 people per site)