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Embarcadero South

On any sunny day, scores of walkers, joggers, rollerbladers, and skateboarders are likely to be streaming along Herb Caen Way, the wide bayside promenade that runs along San Francisco's Embarcadero from South Beach Harbor to Fisherman's Wharf. The southern portion of the promenade described here (see Embarcadero North for its continuation) is anchored on the south by the...
On any sunny day, scores of walkers, joggers, rollerbladers, and skateboarders are likely to be streaming along Herb Caen Way, the wide bayside promenade that runs along San Francisco's Embarcadero from South Beach Harbor to Fisherman's Wharf. The southern portion of the promenade described here (see Embarcadero North for its continuation) is anchored on the south by the San Francisco Giants' baseball stadium and on the north by the Ferry Building, the city's historic water transport hub and now a mecca for fresh, organic local foods. In between you will find vistas, public artworks, sleek new cafes and old waterfront dives, a marina, and green open spaces, with bits of history sprinkled along the way. Above all you will see a waterfront in flux, as it continues to evolve from a working port into a recreation and sightseeing destination. Keep in mind that all the piers south of the Ferry Building are even-numbered; the odd-numbered piers are north of the Ferry Building.

Trail/Pathway Details

Herb Caen Way, from China Basin to the Ferry Building

Trailhead: China Basin Park, next to the Barry Bonds Jr. Giants Field

Length: 2-4 total miles

Typical Width: 4 ft. & above

Typical Grade: Level

Terrain: Hard

Description

Start your trip at China Basin Park, situated in what was once the docking area for Asian trade ships. Here you get a southern view of the San Francisco Giants' baseball stadium and the ferry terminal across McCovey Cove, where hundreds of game-goers arrive from across the bay. If children are with you, bring a ball and bat...
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Accessibility Details

The facilities listed below meet all of our access criteria unless otherwise noted.

Two accessible spots are in the lot at the Barry Bonds Jr. Giants Field near China Basin Park, and one is on the street nearby

Accessible Restroom: Yes

At the Ferry Building (on busy days, and especially during farmers markets, there can be long lines) and near China Basin ferry landing, behind the Giants' stadium (these are mostly accessible, but there is a 90-degree turn into the main entry and the faucets are not operable with a closed fist). Accessible restrooms can also be found behind Pier 40 (the turnaround in the stall is a little tight), and free kiosk toilets are on the Embarcadero at Harrison St. and at the south end of Justin Herman Plaza.
The Cupid's Span sculpture
The Cupid's Span sculpture (Eileen Ecklund)

Features icon key

  • bicycling
  • boating
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • particularly good for families

Additional Information

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Nearest City: San Francisco
Hours: Open 24 hours
Dogs: On leash
Many owners take their dogs to play at South Beach Park. Dogs are allowed on leash on city sidewalks but not inside the children's play areas.
Public Transportation: San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (MUNI)
Useful Links: Ferry Building Marketplace,San Francisco Giants

Did You Know?

The stretch of San Francisco's waterfront from the Bay Bridge to Broadway--including the iconic Ferry Building--was cut off from the rest of downtown by the Embarcadero Freeway from 1959 until 1991, when the freeway was demolished after it was damaged in the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake.

Reviewed by Eileen Ecklund, February 15, 2013
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