Tennessee Cove

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Tennessee Cove, 2012 (arch no longer present as of 2013)

Tennessee Cove is an embankment off the Pacific Ocean in Marin County, California.[1] It is named after the "S.S. Tennessee", a steamship that ran aground near here on March 6, 1853.[2] All 550 passengers climbed safely onto the beach, and fourteen chests of gold were salvaged before the ship broke up.[3] Remnants of the ship can still be seen during low tide during some winter days on the south end of the beach.

The cove is a 1.7-mile (2.7 km) hike from the parking lot near the end of Tennessee Valley Road.[3]


On December 29, 2012, the landmark arch at Tennessee Cove collapsed. The landmark had been a popular photography subject over the years.[4]


Coordinates: 37°50′26″N 122°33′06″W / 37.840483°N 122.551643°W / 37.840483; -122.551643