04/16/2012 04:42 pm ET Updated Apr 17, 2012

Point Bonita Lighthouse Reopens To The Public, Equipped With New Bridge (PHOTOS)

A city with as much fog as San Francisco has a lot of lighthouses, and one particularly unique relic of naval trade is finally available to the public again.

The Point Bonita Lighthouse in the Marin Headlands reopened for visitors after its suspension bridge was recently rebuilt.

“It allows the public continued access to the lighthouse in a safe manner," David Dusterhoff, Maintenance Project Manager with the National Park Service, told CBS San Francisco. "Before, it was a two-person limit. But now, the limit on the West Plaza is 49 people.”


The new bridge is a replica of the one that was replaced and was designed to last at least 50 years before the next scheduled repair. The 132-foot long suspension structure leads across the cliffs to the Point Bonita Lighthouse and stands at the northern edge of the Golden Gate Bay.

Built in 1877, the lighthouse was closed off to visitors for two years during its recent slew of repairs.

The Point Bonita light station is maintained by the Golden Gate National Recreation Area. The National Park Service calls the point and the surrounding seascape "a secret jewel of the Bay Area."

Now you can visit the lighthouse on Saturdays, Sundays and Mondays from 12:30 to 3:30.

Check out our most stimulating array of full-blown Point Bonita pictures below while you wait for visiting hours.