An amazing retreat into nature, Kirby Cove boasts the best view of the Golden Gate bridge. This campground is a walk-in that may be tough to reserve, but it is definitely worth looking into if you’re looking to camp while staying in the city. Deer will wander through and raccoons might try to steal some snacks, so make good use of the lockers. Kirby Cove= cool camping.
Campsite area
Bring your own tents
No. of sites
Park at listing
Group sizes
Up to 10 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 Jason
Jason M.
didn't provide a recommendation.
July 8th, 2015

Site #1 is the most scenic by far. Views of the city, bay, and Golden Gate Bridge from your tent & from your camp. But, if you have a big group, try to book sites 2 & 3 together. Site 4 is the most private, but is back in the woods, farthest from the beach.

Can't beat the beach at Kirby Cove - pristineKirby Cove CampgroundMost scenic site at Kirby Cove - Site 1 - no doubt!  Gotta love unzipping your tent to the Golden Gate Bridge...Kirby Cove Campground
Hipcamper Kari
Kari K.
didn't provide a recommendation.
June 2nd, 2015

The views of the city and the bridge are amazing at night. Avoid camping there on foggy nights the foghorn goes off every minute ( all night if it is foggy all night) Ear plugs will not help since the fog horn is very close.

Hipcamper Alyssa
Alyssa R.
didn't provide a recommendation.
April 5th, 2015

This campground can go from sunny to foggy in a snap, so be sure to pack layers!

Hipcamper Adrienne
Adrienne N.
didn't provide a recommendation.
August 4th, 2015

A beautiful campground! Couldn't be in a more scenic location. This campground is very popular so be prepared to book far in advance.

Kirby Cove Campground
Hipcamper Squidney
Squidney S.
didn't provide a recommendation.
January 15th, 2016

This is one of my favorite camp sites! Good views of Golden Gate Bridge and access to the beach! It was fairly quiet in late March.

Hipcamper Rob
Rob G.
didn't provide a recommendation.
September 2nd, 2016

This is one of those super hard to reserve campgrounds. But I've snagged a site with a few days notice, probably due to a cancellation, and it's worth cancelling work to go.

Ear plugs can be helpful if fog and boat horns annoy you. There are usually several wheelbarrows at the parking area to haul gear, but sometimes people forget (cough) to bring them back from sites for others to use.

A nice trick is to get a campsite, then reserve the day use area so your pals can come down and enjoy the beach for a day. You get some parking, and the day use area is fabulous too.

Low tide caveBridge near north towerLower part of site one
Hipcamper Krstl
Krstl B.
didn't provide a recommendation.
March 8th, 2017

You gotta be lucky to get a spot but it is so worth it. I had two broken ankles when I had my reservation for 1 night but I still made it out anyway. We were lucky enough to be there on a night without the blaring fog horn, but its the Bay Area, and it gets foggy sometimes so be prepared with noise canceling head wear. A WONDERFUL SCENIC VIEW from the beach!

Hipcamper Karen
Karen A.
recommends this listing.
May 14th, 2017

Whales can be spotted off the coast in May, keep an eye out!

Hipcamper Lizanne
Lizanne R.
recommends this listing.
May 18th, 2017

Use the food boxes as the raccoons are aggressive.

Golden Gate National Recreation Area
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37.827° N, 122.49° W
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Tent Only: 4 Sites
(Up to 10 people per site)