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Samuel P. Taylor State Park, Lagunitas

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Samuel P. Taylor State Park has wooded countryside in the steep rolling hills of Marin County north of San Francisco. The park features a unique contrast of coast redwoods groves and open grassland.
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TripAdvisor
  • We went here because it was too much of a challenge for this first time visitor to figure out how to get to the Muir Monument with Highway One closed. But we were not disappointed. The only complaint ...  more »
  • Went on a beautiful Friday afternoon in March. Took some snacks and water along, and got some coffee in one of the tiny towns on the way there. We were coming from the East Bay (and encountered some t...  more »
  • This was a pretty good hike. It was very strenuous as it was pretty much straight up to the look out and back. It was a bit warm. Some good views. Bring water!  more »
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  • This is a fabulous place with diverse options! Hike Barnabe Mountain, walk in solitude under stately redwood trees, and even view a creek where salmon spawn.
  • Lovely park. It's deep in a beautiful forest with redwoods and other beautiful flora. The campsite are nice and there's plenty of room for everyone. Campsites are nicely spread out and the big trees muffle a lot of sounds from the picnic and group sites. Some parts of it are quite close to the road though, so keep that in mind when choosing a spot. The park itself offers many hiking trails and the surroundings are gorgeous. Be aware of cute raccoons shamelessly tried to sneak your food!
  • Camping in an ancient California Redwood forest is a special experience, and Samuel P. Taylor State Park is a great option if you don't feel like driving way further north to see the Redwood National Parks. The hiking is excellent. Seems to also be popular with mountain bikers. Close to the California Coast/PCH. Bodega Bay is a pretty drive just north of the park. Very close to civilization (i.e. Petaluma & San Rafael). Only an hour drive from San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge. It wouldn't be a bad idea to visit the Laugnitas Brewery on your way to pick up a fresh growler of beer for your camp. If you are looking for a place to camp and hike in total shade during the summer, this a great option. I'd highly suggest bringing all your campfire wood with you if possible. Everything in this forest is very wet because of the shade and proximity to the coast. Many of these 1000+ year-old Redwoods are 10 stories high, and they rarely let in a lot of sun. Not a lot of wind. We paid $12 for one box of wood that was waterlogged at a local general store. You could see the water bubbling out of the wood as we attempted to burn it. There was no camp host and there wasn't even a lot of park rangers. I think I saw only one drive by during a 3-day stay in the spring. Nobody ever even checked us in or came by to see if we were who we said we were. In fact, when we initially showed up, somebody else had already set up camp in our designated campsite. There is a beautiful creek that runs through the camp, but unfortunately you can't do much with it other than look at it. That is because there are protected species of salmon and trout spawning in it. In fact, they didn't even allow access to walk along the banks of the creek in the Spring. Not sure what the policy is during other times of the year. I love having the option of taking a shower when I am "car camping," and this place has heated showers. They aren't the greatest, but it's something. Raccoons & skunks are not nearly as present here as in other campgrounds in this area, such as Bodega Bay. In fact, we didn't see any. Wonderful beginner hikes for small kids who are not looking for a "workout," but to take their time and explore nature. My kids had so much fun playing in the prehistoric-looking ferns and groves of redwoods. Just as a side, I strongly suggest going at the pace of your kids if you don't want to totally turn them off to the outdoors.
  • Old growth redwood and plenty of camping spaces. This place is secluded and verdant. If you need to escape the city and decompress, make Samuel P. Taylor Park your next stop.
  • This place is very beautiful, perfect for camping under the Redwood trees or going on walks and bike rides with your family. Watch the salmon filled creeks in the clear water, relax and enjoy.