Fort Funston

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San Francisco , USA
Skyline Blvd
+1 415 561 4323
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Muni: Judah St
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Grassy dunes up to 200ft high at Fort Funston give an idea what the Sunset looked like until the 20th century. A defunct military installation, Fort Funston still has 146-ton WWII guns aimed seaward and abandoned Nike missile silos near the parking lot. Nuclear missiles were never launched from Fort Funston, but flocks of hang gliders launch and land here.

Butterflies and shorebirds have the run of Fort Funston, which is now part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area. Loop trails and hang-glider launches are wheelchair- and stroller-accessible, and dogs are allowed off-leash in many areas. The National Park Service is gradually replacing invasive ice plants with native vegetation, and volunteers are welcome to join the effort at the Fort Funston Native Plant Nursery (see website for details). If you're driving, bicycling or walking here, follow the Great Hwy south and turn right on Skyline Blvd; park entrance is past Lake Merced, on the right-hand side.