Lake Merced

Skyline Blvd & Harding Rd, San Francisco, CA
+1 415.753.7042
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The light dancing off the water and reeds is always a beautiful sight. The 4.5-mile loop is somewhat flat, perfect for runners, walkers and bikers.

The loop is packed on weekends when the weather is nice.


Lake Merced, a large freshwater lake in San Francisco’s southwestern corner, is the heart of a 614-acre park that is popular with boaters, hikers, bicyclists, and birdwatchers. A 4.5-mile paved trail circles the lake’s perimeter; facilities include many picnic areas and a boathouse, fishing pier, and boat launch. The park is bounded by three golf courses, including City-owned Harding Park.