Hike Tennessee Valley

3.4 Miles Round Trip - Out-and-Back Trail

Tennessee Valley Trail - Search Nearby - 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.

Tags

Chillin
Hiking
Bathrooms
Beach
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Food Nearby
Picnic Area
Scenic

Details

3.4 Miles
Out-and-Back Trail

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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.

Is this a dog friendly trail?

Lisa Dutton

almost 6 years ago

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

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