Enjoy a Dog Friendly Beach Day

San Francisco Fort Funston

Added by Rachel Williams

  • Expansive, beautiful beach IN the city
  • Dunes carved with small foot trails
  • Take your dog to the beach and let him or her run free (off-leash!)
  • Abundant sand dollar findings!
  • There are several short trails for you guys to get a run in
  • Duration: Depends on where your feet take you

Fort Funston is an SF gem I discovered when looking for a dog friendly hike near the city. Located west of Lake Merced, you'll find a gorgeous Northern California beach oasis where you and your dog can run wild and free :). Parking is located at the top of the park where you'll descend a steep set of stairs to the beach. Lots of small trails carved into the hillside to explore, as well was vast sandy flats to meander and stroll. Sunset is usually a less busy time here - plus you get some spectacular views!

If you're planning on staying out at the beach for a while, swing by BART Grocery & BBQ and grab a plate of Korean BBQ to take with you.

Pack List

  • Jacket (it's a Northern California beach)
  • Sneakers
  • Water
  • Dog
  • Camera
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Chillin, Photography, Running

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Year Round



Dog Friendly
Easy Parking

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3 months ago

Dog Heaven

Such a dog friendly place! So many dogs for your pup to play with, plenty of trails and ocean for your dog to play in. My dogs LOVE it here.

3 months ago

3 months ago

Great for dogs

Lots of terrain - everything from paved walkways, to grass, to sand/surf.

3 months ago

5 months ago

Fort Funston's A Gem!

I used to take my dog here everyday when I was in college. Make sure to check out the "ruins" of the old forts and watch the hang gliders jump off the bluffs!

5 months ago

7 months ago

Where All The Dog Walkers Go

If you go here midday on a weekday, you'll probably see upwards of 50+ dogs. It's amazing. Many of the dog walkers in SF take them here, and each of them will usually have around 5 dogs on or off leashes. If you want to meet some pups, this is your best bet. Also one of the best spots for hang gliding if you're into that, as it's very windy most of the time.

7 months ago

about 1 year ago

If you are one of the few people in San Francisco who doesn't have or can't have a dog, get your fix here! You will see more dogs here than anywhere else in the city. Also, it is a great place to fly a kite and just stroll around.

about 1 year ago

over 1 year ago

Like this spot. Lovers of funston should venture to the east bay to point Isabel---- my favorite dog spot in the bay!

over 1 year ago

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