It has been a beautiful spring so far as the Marin Headlands blooms and facilities reopen to offer visitors and residents important information! The visitor center is open every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday 10:00am to 3:00pm. Although the GGNRA is not yet giving formal tours, visitors are welcome to explore the NIKE site every Saturday from 12:30-3:30pm and have a dialog with rangers and volunteers.
All four campgrounds (Kirby, Bicentennial, Haypress and Hawk) are now open and reservations can be made at this link: www.recreation.gov. Work is progressing on getting the lighthouse and Battery Townsley open again. Work started at Hawk Hill in April to improve trails and offer “top” experiences. Vault toilets are a welcome addition!
It’s a great time to find a new park location or revisit an old favorite. Check out the park website for great ideas: Marin Headlands - Golden Gate National Recreation Area (U.S. National Park Service) (nps.gov).
I recently enjoyed a picnic at Battery Wallace, peeked at a collared coyote hunting near the Headlands Center for the Arts, celebrated the return of western pond turtles to watery areas in Fort Cronkhite and said hello to the Mission Blue butterflies I hoped were flying around near the SCA trail! Are you looking for unique views of the Golden Gate? Try Horseshoe Cove (Fort Baker), Kirby Cove (where you can walk down to the beach), or Black Sands Beach.
The Marin Headlands has an amazing richness of history and biological diversity. Known for its unique geology, its fog-swept coastal prairie ecosystem, and many chapters of history, the Marin Headlands has a lot of diversity in the stories it holds.