Samuel P. Taylor State Park Attractions and Activities
Samuel P. Taylor State Park offers visitors a wide range of activities and places of interest.
Campers at Samuel P. Taylor State Park Campground are near many fine hiking trails and a short drive from the coast.
Hike among the redwoods along Lagunitas creek.
Hike up to one of the best viewpoints in Marin County atop Barnabe Peak.
Take the wheelchair-accessible South Creek Trail through a fern-filled forest.
Cyclists take advantage of the Cross Marin Trail bike path.
Spend the day at nearby Point Reyes National Seashore.
Drive down to Mt. Tamalpais State Park.
Stroll around the streets of Bodega Bay.
Try whale watching from Bodega Head
Set out Mountain biking along fire roads.
Enjoy 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. Always check with park rangers about the safety of a particular beach.
Key Samuel P. Taylor State Park Campground Regulations
Dogs must be on leash, always attended. Dogs are not permitted on most trails. They must be kept in a vehicle or tent from 10 PM to 6 AM.
Obtain firewood locally to avoid bringing in pests.
Fires are allowed only in established fire rings or camp stoves.
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.
Changes in California State Parks Reservation System
California State Parks is switching to a new reservation system beginning August 1, 2017. ReserveCalifornia will replace the previous ReserveAmerica. "Beginning on midnight July 26, 2017, the website and telephone reservations for California's state parks will be temporarily offline to prepare for the exciting launch of the new system on August 1. During this time, all existing reservations will be honored. An electronic or hard copy from ReserveAmerica will need to be presented to State Parks staff when checking in for reservation made prior to July 26, 2017."
Attractions near Samuel P. Taylor State Park Campground:
Enjoy the Cross Marin Trail for horses, hikers, and cyclists. Follow other local other trails through redwood groves. Hike to the summit of Mount Barnabe. View spawning coho salmon in park creeks. Make a short drive to Pt. Reyes National Seashore. Visit Mount Tamalpais, Muir Woods, Bolinas, and Stinson Beach.
ReserveCalifornia Reservations Tips
California State Parks' new reservation system - ReserveCalifornia - now allows campers "to make reservations 6 months to the day in advance of their arrival date." For example, on January 1 reservations can be made for stays beginning on July 1. In the past, reservations were released in one-month blocks. Now it is day by day. For months with fewer days than the month 6 months away, reservations for the remaining days will be released in a small cluster on the first of the next month. For example, on March 1 (because February is a short month) you can make reservations for stays beginning August 29-31. Read details at ReserveCalifornia.
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.