Billy Goat Hill

With a cool rope swing...sometimes.


Not only is there a pretty vista of San Francisco from Billy Goat Hill, there's a vanishing swing that delights daring visitors.

The hill is located in a quiet San Francisco neighborhood, above Noe Valley and just down from Diamond Heights.

view of downtown san francisco from billy goat hill
View of Downtown

For years, there has been a rope swing there that hangs over an abyss...well not really, but it feels like one when you swing out over it!

The weird thing is that someone keeps cutting the swing down. But other generous people keep putting one up. So you may or may not get to experience the rush of flying out over the impressive drop.

half of a rope swing at billy goat hill, san francisco
Half of the Swing

Even without the swing it's a nice place to come.

heading down to the view spot on billy goat hill, san francisco
Down to the View Spot

Finding Billy Goat Hill

From the top of Market Street, just after its name changes to Portola Avenue, Diamond Heights Boulevard takes you around the top of the range of hills.

The best approach to the view area is from the top. From Diamond Heights Boulevard, head down Diamond Street, then on to Beacon Street, where you'll see an easily-overlooked park. See map below.

park entrance to billy goat hill
Easy to miss...enter by the green sign.

It's a bit of a climb, down some rustic stairs.

steep stairs on billy goat hill

You can also approach it from the bottom of the hill, at Laidley and 30th Street, but you'll have a longer climb, with switchbacks.


Map of Billy Goat Hill in SF
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Parking: there's lots of free street parking across the street (but don't park on the same side - tow away!).


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