Tennessee Valley, Fort Funston, Marin Headlands Temporarily Close for El Niño

Golden Gate National Recreation announced on Friday the temporary closure of three park areas in response to this winter’s El Nino-driven storm systems.

Tennessee Valley Beach: High water levels in the Tennessee Valley dam impoundment directly behind Tennessee Valley beach have placed extra pressure on the aging earthen dam. Increased flows from the dam’s outfall and spillway, combined with high tides present a heightened risk to park visitors. As a result, the beach at Tennessee Valley is closed now, and will be closed intermittently throughout the winter season. The Tennessee Valley Trail remains open, except for access to the beach.

Fort Funston North Beach Access Trail: All cliff areas at Fort Funston are highly unstable. People and dogs should stay back at least 30 feet from all cliffs. Due to instability and a precipitous drop to the beach caused by recent storm activity, the north beach access trail has been closed until further notice. It is anticipated that it will remain closed for the winter season. Access to the beach at Fort Funston will only be via the sand ladder south of the hang glider launch zone.

Marin Headlands Walk-in Campgrounds: Hawk and Haypress Campgrounds in the Marin Headlands will be closed from Jan. 15 to March 31 as a proactive measure due to safety concerns. Both remote campgrounds are accessed typically by bicyclists or walk-in users, and trail access in and out is difficult in an emergency situation. Additionally, both campgrounds are located in heavily wooded eucalyptus groves, where falling trees and limbs are a major concern during high winds.

Before visiting any park, visit www.nps.gov/goga and click on the “Park Alerts” tab in red on the home page. Visitors can also call the park during normal business hours at (415) 561-4700 to hear the latest conditions.

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