GGP - Strawberry Hill Picnic Area


Recent incidents suggest that a coyote in this area is protecting its den. Coyotes may become more assertive during pup rearing season (April – August) towards humans and other animals.


KEEP DOGS OUT OF THIS AREA.  Dogs, whether on a leash or not, may be perceived as a threat – especially during pup rearing season. Failure to adhere to this warning is a violation of Park Code Section 5.08 (Disturbing Wildlife). 


Thank you for your cooperation in helping to keep the park safe for people, pets and wildlife. For animal emergencies, contact Animal Care & Control (415) 554-9400.

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Park Picnic Area Information

The 12-acre doughnut-shaped Stow Lake surrounds Strawberry Hill Island, a wooded hill named for the wild strawberries that once flourished on its flanks. Trails follow the shoreline and climb to the hill’s summit, the highest point in Golden Gate Park (GGP) at more than 400 feet. You can still catch glimpses of the city through the thick groves of trees


Stow Lake Drive
San Francisco, CA 94118

Strawberry Hill is located at the summit of the island in Stow Lake. Take MLK Drive and turn left onto Stow Lake Drive. Once you park you will have to hike up the various trails that lead to the summit. On Saturdays (April to September) and Sundays (year-round), no cars are allowed on JFK Drive; access is only from MLK Drive.

Picnic & Party Features

  • There are two 12-foot tables available for reservation. BBQ grills are not provided at Strawberry Hill, but you are welcome to bring your own small gas grill.
  • There are no restrooms located at the picnic site. The closest restrooms are located at the Stow Lake Boathouse at the bottom of the north side of the lake.
  • Cheers! Beer and wine are welcome at Pioneer East Meadow, but kegs and liquor are not. Remember: carrying open alcoholic beverages outside the picnic area is never permitted.
  • Inflatable play structures (jumpy houses) are not permitted

Reservable Picnic Areas

Yes; 2 12-foot tables reservable from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.


Yes - Lot Available (Limited Availability)

Additional Park Picnic Area Information

  • Alcohol: Yes; Beer and Wine Only; No Glass/No Liquor
  • BBQ Allowed: Not Provided - Bring Your Own Gas Grill
  • Jumpers Allowed: Not Allowed
  • Restrooms: No


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

Reservation Fees & Details

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