Samuel P. Taylor State Park Attractions and Activities
Samuel P. Taylor State Park offers visitors a wide range of activities and places of interest.
Visit historic Fort Ross
Discover all the trails, beaches and overlooks around Salt Point State Park.
Stroll around the streets of Bodega Bay.
Try whale watching from Bodega Head
Take advantage of public access trails along the Sea Ranch coast.
Mountain biking along dirt roads
Wind surfing and kiteboarding are popular in the waters of Bodega Bay
Enjoy the protected south-facing beach at Doran Regional Park.
Visit dramatic Arched Rock Beach.
Using caution to avoid sleeper waves, take in the sights at Duncan's Cove and Rock Point.
Journey up the Russian River to Guerneville and other favorite spots along the river.
Drive out to have a look at Goat Rock and spend the afternoon on the adjacent beach
Many Sonoma coast beaches are considered too dangerous for wading and swimming, but some sheltered beaches and inlets can be safe under favorable conditions. Always check with park rangers about the safety of a particular beach.
Key Campground Regulations
Dogs: On leash, always attended. Not permitted on most trails. In vehicle or tent at night
Water is in short supply during California's drought.
Generators may only be used between 10:00 AM and 8:00 PM.
Firewood: Purchase firewood locally to avoid bringing in pests.
Samuel P. Taylor State Park is located in the steep, rolling hills of Marin County, only a few miles from Point Reyes National Seashore. The park is characterized by open grasslands and areas of coast redwoods. Visitors enjoy hiking trails and picnicking among the redwoods. Many use it as a base for visiting nearby Mountain Tamalpais and the Marin headlands.
Samuel P. Taylor State Park Campground, known as Camp Taylor, has 51 family campsites in two loops - Orchard Hill and Creek. Campsites are among the redwoods and many are close to a nice stream. Twenty-nine of the sites can accommodate RVs, trailer, and tents, while 22 sites are designated for tents only. Some road noise can be heard in the campground.
They also have 7 Group Campsites, smaller ones on the campground loops and others at Madrone Group Camp and at nearby Devil's Gulch. An equestrian camp is included there. A Hike & Bike campsite is available for hikers and cyclists.
Cross Marin Trail for horses, hikers, and cyclists; other trails, redwood groves, Mount Barnabe, view spawning coho salmon in park creeks; short drive to Pt. Reyes National Seashore, Mount Tamalpais, Muir Woods, Bolinas, Stinson Beach
General Camping Information
Opening and closing dates of campgrounds are only estimates, usually dependent on snow conditions. Not all campsites can accommodate trailers or RVs of all lengths. Check carefully on the website when you make your reservation to be sure your vehicle will fit your campsite.
In order to prevent the spread of invasive insects, firewood from outside the area is not permitted.
Designated Accessible sites are usually reserved for people with disabilities who have a vehicle displaying an accessible parking placard or license plate.
Samuel P. Taylor State Park Group Campsites
Samuel P. Taylor State Park has 7 group campsites. The camping fee only covers half of the number of vehicles allowed at each site. An additional fee is required for the other vehicles.
Two standard group campsites are on the Orchard Hill Loop. One can accommodate up to 10 people and 4 vehicles, the other up to 15 people and 6 vehicles. These campsites are treated as double and triple sites. Separate group fees are not listed.
Four group, tent-only sites are available also. One on the Creek Loop can accommodate up to 15 people and 6 vehicles. Two group sites are at Devil's Gulch, away from the main campground area. Each of the Devil's gulch campsites can hold 10 people and 3 vehicles (all included in camping fee).
Samuel P. Taylor State Park Horse Camp
A tent-only, group Horse Camp is also located at Devil's Gulch. It can accommodate up to 20 people, 6 vehicles, and 12 horses. There are 8 pipe corrals, 3 wire-and-post corrals, and water troughs. Campers are responsible for cleaning up and removing manure. Corrals are located a short distance from the camping area.
Madrone Group Site can accommodate up to 50 people and 20 vehicles.