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Picnic at El Polín Spring
A photo of the three benches at the El Polin picnic area, as seen across the water ponds.

The newly revitalized El Polín Spring is a wonderful place to spend a day in the Presidio. Bring a picnic and stay a while!


Located at the heart of the Tennesseee Hollow Watershed, El Polín offers visitors a chance to connect with the Presidio's earliest history, to experience some of the park's best birdwatching, and to enjoy the blooms and wildlife made possible by the year-round flow of the spring.


El Polín features a small picnic area with several benches and a grill. The site is connected to other popular visitor destinations via the Ecology Trail and the Tennessee Hollow Trail. Julius Kahn Playground, the Inspiration Point Overlook, and Andy Goldsworthy's Spire and Wood Line sculptures are just a short distance away.


The El Polín picnic area is suitable for small groups only and is available on a first-come, first-served basis (no reservations or permits required). If you have questions about your group’s size or planned activities, contact the Presidio Trust at (415) 561-5468 or

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