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Buena Vista Park, San Francisco

Categories: Lookouts, Nature & Parks, Tourist Spots
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4.2/5 based on 50+ reviews on the web
Buena Vista Park is a park in the Haight-Ashbury and Buena Vista Heights neighborhoods of San Francisco, California. It is the oldest official park in San Francisco, established in 1867 as Hill Park, later renamed Buena Vista. It is bounded by Haight Street to the north, and by Buena Vista Avenue West and Buena Vista Avenue East. The park is on a steep hill that peaks at 575feet, and covers 37acre. The lowest section is the north end along Haight.LayoutThe hill on which the park lies is composed primarily of sand and San Francisco chert, formed in the Mesozoic era. The layout of the park uses the steepness of the hill to good advantage, offering good views of the city (particularly to the north).At the peak of the park is a small lawn. Notable views are available from various lookouts lower down, including "The Window," an overlook on the western side of the hill from which there is a sweeping vista of Golden Gate Park, the Pacific Ocean, and, on clear days, northward up the coast to the white cliffs of Drake's Bay.The paths along the west side are lined with gutters built by WPA workers out of broken headstones from the City's Victorian cemeteries at Lone Mountain (i.e. Laurel Heights), which were moved to Colma in 1930s. In a few cases the inscriptions were placed facing up and can be discerned (Cf. the Wave Organ).
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  • when you get to the top of this park there is a nice garden and some great views of the city and the bridge. The walk there is very steep but there is a path which is a road so nice and flat so you ca...  read more »
  • Many different species of trees. Everything is a bit left in its natural state. The Summit, there are the Golden Gate Bridge, in clear weather. The place is frequented by dog walkers.
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  • The real interest of this park lies in its 'Summit' to 175 m to have a nice view of SF. No luck for us, there was a lot of fog today... The Park is poorly maintained, and more suggests a wood/forest as a true Park. Prefer the golden Gate park for strolling or Nob hill / lafayette park for the view.
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  • I have been going to Buena Vista Park since I was a kid. It's a good sized park with lots of steep hills and great views of The City. Many trails off the beaten path for hiking and exploring. They have a small children's playground, Tennis courts and water fountains. A great place for walking yourself and your dog, running, taking photos, etcetera. Enjoy!
  • I have lived within a few blocks of this park since 1981. The neighbors, Rec and Park, and SFPD have done an amazing ongoing transformation over the years. In the 80's this park was scary at night, sometimes during the day as well. Now it is re- landscaped, clean, mostly free of campers ( the coyotes may help with this) and the ambiance and views are lovely.
  • A climb of stairs at the entrance of the park will transport you from the bustling streets of the Haight to a quiet, tranquil enclave of the city. Atop the park, the view of the Golden Gate Bridge and San Francisco Bay make the short but steep hike well worth the effort. A must visit for all.
  • My friends and I walked their dog here and we met another dog, who I think was named Frank. Or rather, that's what his human called him. Sadly we may never know his true name until we set aside our petty human squabbles and master the noble canine language. Beautiful park.
  • One of the Less crowded parks with steep climb to the top. Top of the Golden Gate Bridge is seen from the summit. I love the Good cardio workout. There are multiple entrances to the park, parking can be tricky at some spots. Good for dogs.
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