GGP - Elk Glen Picnic Area

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Park Picnic Area Information

Elk Glen’s grassy meadow is tucked in the shade of a huge and varied grove across from Mallard Lake in a quiet pocket of Golden Gate Park. You’ll feel like your party has the park to itself in this pretty little glen - book it today and enjoy!


1017 Martin Luther King Jr Drive
San Francisco, CA 94122

Elk Glen is on the north side of MLK Drive, west of the intersection with 25th Avenue. It is just across the street from Mallard Lake. There is no sign marking Elk Glen picnic area.

Picnic & Party Features

  • Elk Glen offers four picnic tables clustered in two pairs, one pair in the middle of the meadow with two BBQ grills nearby and one pair on the western edge of the walking path border.
  • There are no restrooms onsite at Elk Glen picnic area. The closest restroom is 0.6 miles east on Martin Luther King (MLK) Jr. Dr at Mother’s Meadow just across 19th Avenue.
  • Cheers! Beer and wine are welcome at Elk Glen, but kegs and liquor are not. Remember: carrying open alcoholic beverages outside the picnic area is never permitted.
  • Jump! Inflatable play structures are welcome (additional permit required). No electricity is provided. 
  • Elk Glen’s large grassy area makes it a great spot for kickball, volleyball or other similar lawn games.
  • Food-Trucks require an extra permit. 

Reservable Picnic Areas

Yes; two separate areas with 2 8-foot tables and 1 grill each reservable from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. 


Street - limited availability

Additional Park Picnic Area Information

  • Alcohol: Yes; Beer and Wine Only; No Glass/No Liquor
  • BBQ Allowed: Yes – Must Use Existing Built-In Grill at the Site
  • Jumpers Allowed: Yes-Additional Permit Required
  • Restrooms: No


View the Picnic Area Map page to see a map of the area.

Reservation Fees & Details

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