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?
Campsite area
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
No RV hookup
Horseback riding
Wind sports
Wildlife watching
Snow sports
Whitewater paddling

The vibe at Bicentennial Campground

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Hipcamper Andy

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

Hipcamper Dina

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

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

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

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.

Hipcamper Thomas

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

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

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37.825° N, 122.525° W
Tent Only - Hike In: 3 Sites
(Up to 3 people per site)