Tennessee Cove

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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]

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  1. USGS
  2. U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Tennessee Valley
  3. 1 2 "Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy". Archived from the original on December 3, 2008. Retrieved 2009-07-30.
  4. "Tennessee Beach Arch In Marin Crashes To The Ground" . Retrieved 2014-11-16.

Coordinates: 37°50′26″N122°33′06″W / 37.840483°N 122.551643°W / 37.840483; -122.551643