Oak Woodlands Trail Improvement Project

Oak Woodlands Trails


While most of Golden Gate Park has been landscaped with lawns, flowerbeds and other ornamental features, a few remnants of San Francisco’s oak woodlands still exist in this world-renowned park. The northeast corner of Golden Gate Park is home to some of the oldest coast live oak trees in San Francisco. The Oak Woodlands is a remnant forest located in the northeast corner of Golden Gate Park along Fulton Avenue between Stanyan and 6th Avenue. The trails were in poor condition and myriad redundant social trails wound through the woodlands, causing erosion and habitat destruction.

For a more extensive description, click here to visit the Natural Areas page.

Scope of Work

The Golden Gate Park Oak Woodlands Trail Improvement Project created one primary, continuous nature trail with wayfinding and interpretive signs. The project also included a designated multi-use trail that allows for off road bicycle access.

The project repaired existing trails, provided erosion control measures, restored native plants and provided new signage. Invasive plants that were a threat to habitat were removed and replaced with plants that have high habitat value and are aesthetically pleasing.

The trail alignment connected points of interest along the route including the overlook near Stanyan and Hayes Streets, the Horseshoe Pits, the hillside near the green waste transfer area, the overlook at Arguello, and Coon Hollow. The trail restoration improved visual quality, access, safety and enhanced the trail experience in Oak Woodlands Park while retaining the rustic quality of the trail.


  • 2012 Clean and Safe Neighborhood Parks Bond: $1.9 million;
  • 2012 Clean and Safe Neighborhood Parks Bond: Forestry Program: $ 202,500;
  • San Francisco Parks Alliance through a generous grant from the Coca-Cola Bottling Company:$91,094.

New Trail Through Oak Woodlands Dedicated to Phil Arnold

SAN FRANCISCO –San Francisco Recreation and Park Department today unveiled its new main trail through the Oak Woodlands of Golden Gate Park, dedicating the scenic path to Phil Arnold, a longtime advocate for local parks, open space, and recreational trail opportunities. The Phil Arnold trail provides a primary, continuous nature … Continue reading

Oak Woodlands Trails Improvement Project Updates

Here are a few updates on the Golden Gate Park Oak Woodlands Trails Improvement Project: We are getting very close to construction completion! Many of the trail segments are completed and open for use Way finding signage will be installed in the coming days Look for habitat restoration planting in … Continue reading

First Portion of Improved Oak Woodlands Trail Open for Use in Golden Gate Park

Happy to report that the first section of new trail (of many sections!) is open for use in the Oak Woodlands of Golden Gate Park.  If you would like to try it out, please click here with that area called out in white bubble, with note.  Trailside restoration / erosion … Continue reading

First Golden Gate Park Oak Woodlands Trail Section to Open Soon!

Our contractor is making steady progress with the Golden Gate Park Oak Woodlands Trail Improvement Project. A previous update here covered the fact that restoration and construction work would occur in stages throughout the Oak Woodlands, that individual trail segments would be closed during work, and that the overall trail … Continue reading

Road Closures East End of Golden Gate Park for Oak Woodlands Trails Improvement Project

Please be advised of the following road closures in Golden Gate Park this week and next week: Wednesday, August 15 and Thursday, August 16, 8 am through 4 pm:  Arguello between Fulton and Conservatory Drive and Conservatory Drive West entrance closed: Parking will still be available along Conservatory Drive (accessed from Conservatory … Continue reading

Progress with Oak Woodlands Trails Improvements

Our contractor is making good progress with improvements to the trails in the special Oak Woodlands area of Golden Gate Park. Trail realignment work and hazardous tree removal work has started at the western edge of the Oak Woodlands. Trail surfacing work will begin the week of July 23. The … Continue reading

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