The Presidio is
for lovers! Nature lovers, outdoor lovers, art lovers, and history lovers will
find something to gush about on Lovers’ Lane, an enchanting trail that connects
the Presidio Gate to the Main Post.
footpath through the Presidio, Lovers’ Lane was established in the 18th century
as a shortcut used by Spanish soldiers and missionaries to get from the Main
Post to Mission Dolores, located three miles south of the Presidio. Today,
you’ll most likely find joggers, birdwatchers, and daydreamers ambling along
this shady, picturesque path.
If you begin
your journey at the south end, keep your eyes out for Wood Line, an art
installation by Andy Goldsworthy located in the eucalyptus forest just east of
the trail. This sculpture is made up of felled tree trunks laid end-to-end to
create a zigzagging installation that you can even stroll on top of – it’s a
literal art walk!
As you journey
downhill to the north, look west to see quaint historic homes in the valley
below. Further along, you’ll eventually cross a charming footbridge built in 1885.
Helpful hint: End
your journey at the Presidio Officers’ Club, where you can grab a bite to eat
at Arguello Restaurant and enjoy the history exhibits.