Tennessee Hollow is the Presidio’s largest watershed. It contains majestic forests, hidden creeks, a playground, public art, trails, stunning vistas, and legacies of the past. It is home to some of the most valuable wildlife habitat in San Francisco as well as nearly 1,200 people. Use the ideas below to craft your own “day in the watershed." Plan on repeat visits!
To join a monthly docent-led tour of the watershed, call the Presidio Visitor Center at (415) 561-4323.
Inspiration Point Overlook: Begin a visit by standing at a high point overlooking the entire watershed. Views of Alcatraz and the Palace of Fine Arts are a bonus.
El Polin Spring: The heart of the watershed has been revitalized as an outdoor classroom for history and nature. See how the park’s first residents lived, watch the acrobatics of dozens of birds, and take a walk around the new boardwalk loop. Bring a picnic!
Wood Line: Artist Andy Goldworthy has created an ode to the Presidio forest in the park’s largest eucalyptus grove.
Julius Kahn Playground: Let the kids blow off some steam at a playground featuring beautiful views of the Golden Gate Bridge.
Wayburn Redwood Grove and Thompson Reach: Enjoy the tranquility of a site honoring open space preservation champions and experience one of Tennessee Hollow’s earliest restoration sites.
Trails through the Watershed