The Phil Arnold Trail is the main trail through the Oak Woodlands of Golden Gate Park. Named in honor of a longtime advocate for local parks, open space, and recreational trail opportunities, the Phil Arnold Trail provides a primary, continuous nature trail with wayfinding and interpretive signs for pedestrians and bicyclists.
It begins at the intersection of JFK Drive and Conservatory Drive East, just west of McLaren Lodge and continuing over knolls, past the horseshoe courts, crossing Arguello Boulevard and ending at 6th Avenue.
It is part of the newly-finished Golden Gate Park Oak Woodlands Trail Improvement Project, funded by the 2012 Clean and Safe Neighborhood Parks Bond as well as a private grant and state Habitat Conservation Fund grant. Construction began in June 2018 and included repair of existing trails in the area, erosion control and restoration of native plants. At just under a mile, the Phil Arnold Trail adds to the approximately 30 miles of nature trails in the SF Rec and Parks system.
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