The Tennessee Hollow Trail is alive with nature. This path journeys through the Tennessee Hollow Watershed, a 270-acre valley that features residential neighborhoods, native habitats, forest groves, playing fields, public art, and historic treasures. The watershed is now being revitalized, and a walk here will let you witness restoration in action. Accordingly, some sections of trail are still awaiting completion, so keep your eyes open for signage and detours.
If you enter the trail at the southern border of the Presidio near Julius Kahn Playground, you’ll find a breathtaking view of the gorgeous valley below. Your first stop will be El Polín Spring, accessible via a very short connecting pathway. Not only will you see plenty of wildflowers, hummingbirds, and butterflies at this pretty oasis, but also the historic remnants of one of San Francisco’s first residential neighborhoods, dating from the early 1800s.
Just north of where the Tennessee Hollow Trail intersects with Lovers’ Lane, you’ll find MacArthur Meadow, where all three streams in the watershed come together. This area is being restored and will be fully revitalized by the end of 2016.
Further, past Lincoln Boulevard, you’ll come upon Wayburn Redwood Grove and Thompson Reach, where a former Army landfill was transformed into a creek and riparian habitat; it’s a butterfly “hot spot.” One day soon, you’ll be able to continue on to Crissy Marsh, where all the water from the Tennessee Hollow Watershed eventually flows. Stay tuned for completion of this trail segment.
Helpful hint: Restrooms are available at Julius Kahn Playground and El Polín Spring.