Tall trees and an overall pleasant scenic view make the Pioneer Log Cabin picnic area one of the most attractive places to enjoy the outdoors at Golden Gate Park. With a sizeable stretch of grass, picnic tables and BBQ grills, the location is especially popular amongst those planning family get-togethers and other celebrations. The Pioneer Log Cabin and Pioneer Woman statue also adds character to this outdoor space.

Things to Do

Positioned at the back of the grass, you will find four picnic tables and two BBQ grills – perfect for hosting a large family get-together in the park. Close by, you will catch sight of the eye-catching Pioneer Log Cabin building, which was built out of redwood logs to honor the pioneer women of California. It is now part of the Recreation and Park Department offices, and is not a rental property. However, it is a nice place to take interesting photographs. Representing the only statue of a woman in Golden Gate Park, the Pioneer Woman and Children (1915) piece by Charles Grafly is found near the Pioneer Log Cabin – another feature of the site that yields noteworthy photo images.

When reserving the picnic area for a birthday party for younger kids, you have the option to include inflatable play structures. However, an additional permit is required, and no electricity will be provided. The flat grassy area of the Pioneer Log Cabin picnic area is large enough for volleyball matches, a small kickball game, and other lawn activities. You can also get creative and craft an obstacle course for the kids to enjoy on the open space of the picnic area.

Directly across the street at the 14th Avenue East picnic site or at Stow Lake, you will find restrooms.

Location and Parking

The Pioneer Log Cabin picnic area is located on the south side of Stow Lake Drive – right after it splits off from John F. Kennedy Drive. While there is no sign marking the Pioneer Log Cabin, the neighboring building is clearly marked and visible from the street. When driving to the picnic area, travel on Stow Lake Drive. Keep in mind that cars are not allowed on John F. Kennedy Drive on Saturdays (from April to September) and Sundays (year round). Free parking is available along Stow Lake Drive.