GGP – Strawberry Hill Picnic Area


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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 at more than 400 feet. You can still catch glimpses of the city through the thick groves of trees


  1. There are two 12ft tables available for reservation. BBQ grills are not provided at Strawberry Hill, but you are welcome to bring your own small gas grill.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Inflatable play structures (a.k.a. jumpy houses) are not permitted


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 (Apr-Sept) and Sundays (year round), no cars are allowed on JFK Drive; access is only from MLK Drive.

Address: Stow Lake Drive, San Francisco, CA 94118
Reservable Picnic Areas: Yes; 2 12ft Tables (Reservable from 9am-6pm)
Restrooms: No
Jumpers Allowed: Not Allowed
BBQ Allowed: Not Provided - BYO Gas Grill
Alcohol: Yes; Beer and Wine Only; No Glass/No Liquor
Parking: Yes - Lot Available -Limited Availability
Latitude: 37.7687
Longitude: -122.4753