Home to the park's wildest areas, this is the place to experience the Presidio's great outdoors.
Southern Wilds Region
History, Nature & Sustainability, Recreation, Food, Art & Culture
Accessible Parking, Accessible Restrooms, Wheelchair-accessible Picnic Tables, Paid Parking, Bike Parking
This is the Presidio’s biggest region, encompassing nearly half the park. The headline is nature, with native plants and wildlife on display at Mountain Lake, El Polin Spring, and in the vast Presidio forest.
It’s also a place to play, with Presidio Wall Playground and Presidio Golf Course offering different kinds of “swings.” And two of Andy Goldsworthy’s artworks – Spire and Wood Line – play with your imagination.
Enjoy it all on miles of Presidio trails and from three scenic overlooks. And if you want to immerse yourself, book a stay at Rob Hill Campground.
Muni Route: 1 California
Route: South Hills Route
There are paid parking options near major attractions all around the Southern Wilds.
Yes! Ripe with opportunities for spectacular birdwatching, Mountain Lake is the only natural lake in the entire 80,000-acre Golden Gate National Recreation Area. Come here to see a Western pond turtle or Chorus frog.
It’s our goal to make sure people can enjoy the Presidio’s natural beauty for generations to come. We work to protect native plants and animals while reducing our impact on the environment.
We’re working with partners to restore the Western pond turtle population at Mountain Lake.
More than 50 acres of native habitat have been restored in the Tennessee Hollow watershed since the late 1990s.