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!).
COVID-19 Status: at midnight on Monday, March 16, San Francisco was placed under a "shelter-in-place order.
All residents were ordered to stay home, except for necessary trips to grocery stores and essential medical visits, and solo outdoor activities like hiking.
The city has been gradually reopening of many businesses and activities, but others have been placed on hold.
Most recently, November 13, SF has been moved to a much more restrictive tier (red) of the risk tiers in California due to a sudden increase in infection rates.
Public transportation options have been cut way back. See SF transit for more info.
See COVID rules for current SF status.
Highlights of changes: everyone in SF is now required to wear a mask when they are outside and within 30 feet of other people.
Parking lots for SF beaches and the Golden Gate Bridge are now open (as well as the beaches and bridge).
Restaurants were open for indoor as well as outdoor dining, but as of Friday, Nov 13, indoor dining is suspended again, due to an increase in Covid cases.
Businesses can now allow customers inside.
Muir Woods, the SF Botanical Garden, Japanese Tea Garden and the SF Zoo are now open. The zoo and Muir Woods require reservations.
Alcatraz is open starting August 17, but only the outdoor areas are accessible. Day tours only. See Alcatraz.
Sept changes: hotels, gyms, tour buses, and boat cruises opened (though not all are availing themselves, check individual businesses). Also indoor hair and nail salons/barbershops can open.
Museums Open: de Young Museum, Legion of Honor Museum, SF MOMA, California Academy of Sciences, Asian Art Museum, and Conservatory of Flowers.
Exploratorium: spring 2021.
Schools: many private schools have begun reopening; SF public schools are still on hold, except for a few charter schools.
On hold: indoor swimming pools and most indoor movie theaters are still closed. 1 Cinemark theater in SF is open: in SF Centre Mall at 845 Market St. CineArts in West Portal is still closed).
Last to open will be concerts, live theater, sporting events, nightclubs and festivals.
For info on what's open in other cities and counties of California, see California reopening schedules.
See coronavirus news in the SF Chronicle for details and updates.
Also see site and parking lot closures for the National Park Service (Alcatraz, Muir Woods, etc.)
Plus helpful info on which parks and hiking trails are open in the Bay Area.
Get the latest tips on visiting San Francisco.