Formerly the Naval Training Center, Liberty Station in Point Loma continues to exude an undeniably heavy military presence, from the USS Recruit — a landlocked dummy of the famous naval training vessel — to the large caliber training guns lining parts of the road.
The Liberty Station Esplanade is a windy path found along the canal that is shared by bikers, joggers, dogs and their owners. It overlooks the airport and links directly to Spanish Landing across Harbor Drive via a bridge. I’ve enjoyed taking my dogs here as it is a low-key environment, and I can let (one of) them off leash for the most part.
One way, the Esplanade is more than half a mile on smooth concrete, with a couple of sections offering the option of a well-maintained dirt path. There are restrooms, a playground and an expansive grassy area for endless activities.
All photos by Annie Lane.