Located south of Ocean Beach in San Francisco, Fort Funston is home to a beautiful, if rugged, stretch of coastal headlands, sand, and dunes. Some of the dune cliffs are as tall as 200 feet, and at their base, walkers and horseback riders brave an often-windy beach. According to the Golden Gate National Parks Conservency, "trails down to the beach scale the steep dunes with Dutch sand ladders (which help prevent erosion)." While Fort Funston's conditions may sound a little rough, its sandy bluffs and consistent ocean breeze, make it ideal for hang-gliding. Strong west winds create the best conditions for the sport, and those winds are at their peak between late March and October, when hang-gliders fill the skies over the beach and coastal trails. The site has a launch area and wooden viewing deck, which sits hillside near the parking lot. There are also many hang-gliding shops in the nearby area that offer instruction, sales, and repairs.
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Fort Funston is a World War Two historical site which once housed a large gun called Battery Davis. Today, it's a hang gliding and dog walkers paradise. Lots of birds make their home here too, and there are trails leading down to the beach and along the coast.