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Located in the heart of the Presidio's largest watershed, Tennessee Hollow, El Polín Spring is central in the area's history. From time immemorial the spring was a source of fresh water for native families. The native Ohlone lived just downstream near today's Crissy Field in a village they called Petlenuc.
Thanks to a decade-long restoration which brought the stream back above ground and restored native plant communities, today El Polín Spring is a wonderful place for birdwatching. Families come here to enjoy the picnic and barbeque area at the spring, located just a hop, skip, and jump from Julius Kahn Playground. Curious kids on field trips and history lovers learn from this "outdoor classroom," where archaeological evidence of the site's past is still waiting to be uncovered. Hikers stop for a relaxing respite before continuing their journey on a nearby trail.