Bicentennial Campground is a small campground located in Golden Gate National Recreation Area, near Battery Wallace, and has views of San Francisco within walking distance. Bicentennial Campground has only 3 campsites, which can house up to 3 people each, and one tent per campsite. While the campground is small, it has access to the larger Golden Gate National Recreation Area, including the Battery Wallace Picnic area, which is about 100 yards from the campground, and the bluffs just south of the campground, which have a views of the Golden Gate Bridge and the San Francisco skyline.

Each Campsite at Bicentennial Campground includes a designated tent spot, food locker, and access to a port-a-potty.

Bicentennial Campground – Bottom Line

We did not care much for Bicentennial Campground; it is not very private if others are camping at the other campsites in the campground, it really has no view from the campground, campfires are not allowed, and dogs are not allowed. The NextCampsite team has affectionately labeled Bicentennial the “no fun” campground, even though it is a free campground. In addition to having a lot of “not allowed” rules, this campground only allows 3 people to a campsite, in 1 tent, but it is close to many of the attractions in the Marin Headlands.

The closest attraction to Bicentennial Campground is Battery Wallace, located just a short walk outside the campground; here you will find a day use area where you are allowed to operate grills. There are several other old military installations in the Marin Headlands, including Battery Kirby (located at Kirby Cove Campground) and Battery Spencer.

While we at NextCampsite are all for solitude, small campgrounds, etc., we would not camp here. We would rather pay money and camp at Kirby Cove or Steep Ravine.

Bicentennial Campground Features

Campground Type: Organized, Walk-In
Number of Campsites: 3 Campsites
Cost: Free
Use Level: Low
Dogs Allowed: No
Fire Rings: Campfires Not Allowed
Drinking Water: No – Water is available at the Visitor Center approximately one mile away
Toilets: Kind of – Port-a-Potty Onsite
Showers: No
Trash/Dumpsters: No
Hiking Access: Yes
Beach/Lake Access: No
RV/Trailer Length: N/A
RV/Trailer Amenities: None
Cell Phone Service: Most carriers should have service
Wifi: None
Operating Season: Campground open year round

Getting There

Address: 948 Fort Barry, Sausalito, CA 94965
Geo Coordinates: 37.824597,-122.526709
Nearest City/Town: Sausalito, California
Elevation: 180 Feet
Location: Marin County, California
Paved Road Access: No
Proximity to Stores: 5 miles to Sausalito, California
Directions: From San Francisco, head north across the Golden Gate Bridge. Take exit 442 to Alexander Ave, turn left cross under Highway 101. Turn right onto Conzelman Road after .25 miles and follow it for approximately 3.5 miles. Bicentennial Campground will be on your left, just before Battery Wallace.


Phone: 415.331.1540 Facebook:
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Reservations: Required. Call 415-331-1540 for Reservations.

When To Go

Summer – Bicentennial Campground is a decent alternative in the summer when the other campgrounds in the area are booked up. Since Bicentennial is not available to reserve online, it is often available.

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What To Do

Check out the many military relics and old forts in the area. Battery Wallace is only about 100 yards away from the campground. Also, hike out to Point Bonita Lighthouse, it offers unique views of San Francisco, Marin Headlands, and the Golden Gate.

Bicentennial Campground Pictures

Image Credits: Justin Wilson


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