How to Find the Famous San Francisco Swing

how to find the San Francisco swing
If you’re like me and you look on Instagram to find cool places to visit in certain cities then this post is for you. 🙂

Below, I’ll show you how to find the famous San Francisco swing that has a view of the Golden Gate bridge located in Kirby Cove!

**NOTE** As of January 2018 I’ve had multiple reports that the swing has been cut down (for now). Many times people will rebuild swings in San Francisco, so it might still be worth it to check yourself and see if it’s still there! 

This is not the same swing as the one on Billy Goat Hill. The Billy Goat Hill swing is also cool and has a view of San Francisco, but every time I’ve gone, the swing has been chopped down. You have to get lucky for that one since it’s somewhat dangerous and not always up.

Famous San Francisco Swing

Before leaving on my trip around the world, I was trying to get as much hiking and bucket list crossing off as I could. This is how I stumbled upon the Kirby Cove hike to the swing and decided to go with co-workers one day before work. Unfortunately, it was super cloudy that morning, but if you time it right you’ll get amazing shots!

Also, when I say ‘hike’ I mean it extremely loosely. This was barely a hike at all (more like a walk) so don’t even worry! Below are the directions to the swing. It’s super easy if you’re coming from SF!

How to Find the Famous San Francisco Swing How to Find the Famous San Francisco Swing

(road/path to Kirby Cove)

Directions to the Swing/Kirby Cove Hike:

When coming from the city, take the Alexander Ave. exit right after you get off of the Golden Gate bridge. Then loop around the road and take a right on Conzelman Road. Drive up to the first lookout point called, Golden Gate Bridge Vista Point. Park here and once you’ve parked, look to the right and you’ll see a sign that says Kirby Cove Campground. Follow that for about a mile downhill and you’ll arrive to the cove! More info here if you need it. 


How to Find the Famous San Francisco Swing(me struggling to get on the swing…haha)

If you’re interested in another awesome sunrise hike with great views of the Golden Gate Bridge, I highly recommend trying Hawk Hill. My girlfriends and I had so much fun and the views of the Golden Gate Bridge are stunning. It’s also not a hard hike at all, but perfect wake-up in the morning!

Do you guys know of any other secret spots in San Francisco? If so, leave a comment!

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By | 2018-01-18T18:31:30+00:00 April 27th, 2017|April, Summer, Travel|20 Comments

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Welcome to the Traveling Spud! I’m Katie, a 28-year-old from Idaho who quit her marketing job in San Francisco, California to travel the world for a year. I'm addicted to outdoor adventures, photography and inspiring others to get out of their comfort zones and cross experiences off of their bucket lists. Let's explore together! Read more here.


  1. Eryn MacGillivray May 8, 2017 at 7:52 am - Reply

    I’ve seen that swing in SO many photos!! And now I finally know where it is haha! Definitely going to come back to this if I’m ever in San Fran!

    Eryn, Diaries From The Window Seat

  2. Bianca May 12, 2017 at 2:08 pm - Reply

    So cool, thanks for sharing, great spot for a great Instagram shot and a good hike. Win. win 🙂
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  3. Amy July 29, 2017 at 7:39 pm - Reply

    Traveling to SF for my daughter’s 18th birthday on the 18th of January in 2018! My son’s name is “Kirby” so we are SO excited that you shared this! Thank you!

  4. Caron September 21, 2017 at 5:56 pm - Reply

    We came to see the swing and the tree was chopped down! 🙁

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      The Traveling Spud September 23, 2017 at 3:56 am - Reply

      No Way!! That’s so depressing!!

    • J.C. September 30, 2017 at 11:42 pm - Reply

      We were there in June and the swing was broken. Guess it hasn’t been fixed.

  5. Vanessa November 2, 2017 at 4:59 am - Reply

    Hey Katie. I’ll go to San Franciso soon and wanted to ask you if you know of the swing is there again or isn’t still fixed.
    Regards Vanessa

    • Vivi November 16, 2017 at 10:08 pm - Reply


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      The Traveling Spud November 16, 2017 at 10:22 pm - Reply

      Last I heard it’s still not fixed, but please let me know if you go and it is! In SF they chop things down and then people rebuild them almost constantly!

  6. Leticia December 27, 2017 at 11:18 am - Reply

    Went to the swing last night and it’s still gone I don’t think there will be another swing because the tree fell to its side….

    • The Traveling Spud
      The Traveling Spud January 10, 2018 at 4:50 pm - Reply

      NOOO I’m so sad to har that it’s gone cause it was so cool! Hopefully they will rebuild one!

  7. Devan January 19, 2018 at 10:36 am - Reply

    How long does the trek to the swing take approximately?

  8. Shannon March 6, 2018 at 10:23 pm - Reply

    Is the swing back????

    • The Traveling Spud
      The Traveling Spud March 27, 2018 at 6:26 pm - Reply

      As of now it looks like the tree got chopped down and it’s not there anymore!

  9. may March 15, 2018 at 11:16 am - Reply

    So glad that you wrote this article. I’m now preparing a travel to us ouest coast and this spot is perfect! Thanks

    • The Traveling Spud
      The Traveling Spud March 27, 2018 at 6:21 pm - Reply

      Yay! You’ll have so much fun in San Francisco and the rest of the west coast!

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