For a journey back into the past of Golden Gate Park, head for John F. Kennedy Drive and the Stow Lake area to reach the eye-catching Pioneer Log Cabin. The redwood logs used to construct this attraction floated right down the river from Northern California. Many come to take pictures of the cabin, as well as the nearby unique statue. Today, people also plan their weddings by the cabin and enjoy a picnic on the grass.
Things to Do
Many visitors take advantage of the photo opportunities that the Pioneer Log Cabin has to offer. Besides taking a snapshot in front of the rustic structure, there is also the permanent bronze statue of the ‘Pioneer Mother’ (and children) – who represents the only statue of a female within the park. The piece by American educator and sculptor Charles Grafly was made in 1914, and was featured at the PPIE (Panama-Pacific International Exposition) in 1915. It wasn’t until 1940 that the statue found a home at Golden Gate Park – right by the Pioneer Log Cabin.
The Pioneer Log Cabin area also has a space for picnickers and party-goers. Situated at the back of the grassy space, there are four picnic tables and two BBQ grills that people can reserve for their events. However, the Log Cabin itself is not a place that can be rented out.
Official park business takes place at the Pioneer Log Cabin. When you are interested in getting a permit for an event at Golden Gate Park or you need to reserve a picnic table, athletic field, or other venue for a family get-together, wedding, or other occasion, you will need to visit the Pioneer Log Cabin. From Monday to Saturday, reservations are accepted on a first come-first serve basis during the log cabin’s regular business hours. The Log Cabin is also where permits are signed, paid for, and picked up (in-person) – you must arrive no later than 5 p.m. on the Monday following your reservation call.
Location and Contact Details
Address: 2 Stow Lake Drive
Phone Number: (415) 831-5500
The Pioneer Log Cabin is located on 2 Stow Lake Drive You can call (415) 831-5500 to make reservations and arrange permits for reserving different parts of Golden Gate Park.