Alert: due to extremely poor air quality in SF resulting from the forest fire, many park areas and activities (including Alcatraz visits) are closed starting Nov 16, through Sunday, Nov 18.
See GGNRA website for list of closed facilities.
See Bay Area Air Quality for current air quality status.
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.
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.
Even without the swing it's a nice place to come.
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.
It's a bit of a climb, down some rustic stairs.
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.
Parking: there's lots of free street parking across the street (but don't park on the same side - tow away!).