Hike Tennessee Valley

San Francisco Tennessee Valley Trail

Added by Pascual Dutton

  • A short hike with varying topography that ends at a beautiful beach.
  • The perfect outing for the casual hiker.
  • It’s easy to explore adjoining trails.
  • The trail is kid/family friendly.

The Tennessee Valley trail is leisurely 3.4 mile roundtrip hike that turns around at Tennessee Valley Cove. Along the way, you’ll hike past shrublands, wetlands, and a lake before you get to a cool little secluded beach that many people picnic at.

This is probably the easiest to access, and most popular, hike just north of the Golden Gate Bridge. It’s a perfect option for those without a lot of time, or if you’re looking to stretch your legs a bit without getting crazy. It’s just long enough to feel like you’ve earned that post-hike brunch at The Dipsea Café .

There are a number of nice bathrooms at the start and end of the trail, along with picnic tables and drinking water.

Pack List

  • Picnic supplies
  • Water bottle
  • Sunscreen
  • Camera
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Chillin, Hiking

Skill Level:



Year Round

Trail Type:



3.4 Miles



Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Food Nearby
Picnic Area

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5 months ago

Breezy Coastal Hike

You're surrounded by mountains and lush green scenery on this hike. Definitely check out the coastal hike and you're in for a fun rock scramble past pirates cove. We hiked in mid afternoon and it wasn't too hot or cold. We welcomed the light coastal wind to cool us off!

5 months ago

7 months ago

Great Hike - Keep Going On The Coastal Trail

This is a great hike! Really beautiful. We veered off and went up the coastal trail and down to Pirate's Cove (take the upper Tennessee trail and then you'll see signs for the coastal trail/pirate's cove). Pirate's cove is to the west and down. It's a bit of a scramble to get down to the cove and back up again. This is out and back if you park at the Tennessee valley trailhead. Can easily be done in a morning or afternoon. Really clear/easy signage and if you're feeling like you want more of a challenge or want to explore more, there are plenty of trails around. I took a picture of a sign that had a map on it for reference. That sign is about a quarter to half mile in right where the chaparral trail veers off. Tennessee beach is also a nice spot to picnic for the day if you want to take it easy. We did this on a sunny day in late March and there were still pretty wildflowers in bloom. Be sure to layer up as it can be hot in the sun but cool and windy when the sun gets lower on the horizon and/or the fog comes in.

7 months ago

over 1 year ago

Is this a dog friendly trail?

over 1 year ago

over 2 years ago

Plan on hiking up to the overlook. It's a beautiful view & gets the blood flowing.

over 2 years ago

over 2 years ago

Great way to hike off brunch! The trail was very low-key and the beach is beautiful.

over 2 years ago

over 2 years ago

The trail splits about halfway into the hike. Stay right for an elevated perspective of the valley. It's just a tad longer, but I it's a nicer view - and you can take the lower trail back to the parking lot.

over 2 years ago

over 2 years ago

Just did this last weekend and I loved it! If you're itching to get outside but don't have a whole lot of time, this is a perfect hike. It's super mellow and you can easily take in the sunset for your outdoors fix then head back. There are bathrooms along the way and this trail connects to many other trails if you're looking for a larger adventure to Rodeo or Muir Beach. Tip for families and moms - it's stroller friendly (really wide trail) so grab the running stroller and go for a scenic jog... Or just load the stroller up with beers and beach supplies for an all day outing.

over 2 years ago

over 2 years ago

If you're hiking Tennessee Valley and have a little extra time. Jump on the coastal trail and take the detour to Pirate's Cove - there's hardly anyone there. Throw some sandwiches in your backpack and enjoy!

over 2 years ago

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