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!

Side note: 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.

How to Find the 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

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! More info here if you need it. 

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!
How to Find the Famous San Francisco Swing (road/path to Kirby Cove)

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

Do you guys know of any other secret spots in San Francisco?

How to Find the Famous San Francisco Swing


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By | 2017-07-25T13:55:37+00:00 April 27th, 2017|April, Summer, Travel|5 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!

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