IYKYK: San Francisco Has an Iconic ‘Floating’ Footpath

San Francisco’s McNab Lake has a hidden treasure that’s a more level gem to walk, as opposed to SF’s elevated public staircases.

You’ll find the 100-foot walkway on the north-facing side of the lake — the sidewalk appears to be suspended atop the water. (Spoiler alert, it’s not truly floating. The pathway, itself, is raised from the below concrete and features slatted sides, which have been covered by metal grades for safety reasons, to allow water flow between each concrete slab.)

Take in the scenes of San Francisco’s second-largest park dotted by picnic areas, tennis game courts, and playgrounds; it’s also just a short four-minute walk to nearby Jerry Garcia Amphitheater and the newly renovated Coffman Pool.

There’s arguably no better place along the lake to Instagram ducks and find respite from the sun. And even though modern-day iPhones are engineered to survive submerged dips in deep water, watch your step while swaggering along.

For more information on McLaren Park, including how to explore some seven miles of walking trails that snake through the park’s 327 acres, click here.

All photos: Courtesy of author

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