8am - SUNSET
Creek access is closed from December 1st thru June 15th each year.
Most of the park’s campsites lie beneath majestic redwoods, with a few (at Devil's Gulch and Madrone) under oaks and bay laurel at the bottom of Barnabe Peak. Newly built cabins are also available. Reservations are highly recommended for regular campsites every day during peak season and on weekends year-round. Reservations are required for group sites and cabins. Please note that the Creekside Loop (sites 1 through 25) is closed for camping December 1 thru March 1st due to seasonal flooding. The Orchard Hill Loop remains on reservations year-round.
Samuel P. Taylor State Park’s 2,882 acres offer shady strolls through the stately redwoods along Lagunitas Creek as well as exhilarating hikes to the top of Barnabe Peak, one of the best viewpoints in Marin County.
You can camp among redwoods, bike along the creek, explore easy-to-moderate hiking trails, watch salmon spawn, relax in the shady picnic area, and learn the story of its namesake pioneer. When you’ve finished all that, more adventures await just next door at Point Reyes National Seashore.
Samuel P. Taylor State Park is popular! The park is experiencing extremely high visitation and our Azalea Day Use lot often fills up by mid-morning on weekends. We recommend carpooling while visiting, or visiting the park on weekdays, or on weekends, early or late in the day to minimize wait times. Have an alternate plan and destination in mind if parking is full at your time of arrival. When our Azalea Day Use lot is full, vehicles are slowly metered as other vehicles depart.
Wheelchair-accessible South Creek Trail winds 1.5 miles through a fern-filled forest on the banks of Lagunitas Creek. In the rainy season, you might see spawning salmon and flowers such as fetid adder’s tongue, giant trillium, and redwood sorrel along the way. Creek access is closed from December 1st through June 15th each year to protect the spawning salmon and their offspring.
The partly paved Cross Marin Trail bike path runs along Lagunitas Creek about three miles through the park. Nearly level, it follows the old North Pacific Coast Railroad right-of-way into the Golden Gate National Recreation Area. It’s the park’s only dog-friendly trail.
The park lies 15 miles west of San Rafael on Sir Francis Drake Boulevard. Fees apply for day use, camping, and cabin rentals. To camp or picnic, use the Camp Taylor entrance. To hike up Devil's Gulch, park one mile west of Camp Taylor (in a large pullout on the left) and walk across Sir Francis Drake Boulevard.
Samuel P. Taylor State Park enjoys a mild climate, varying from dense fog and rain to full sun. Summer and spring are usually 10 degrees cooler than in San Rafael. Fall and winter can be cold, with overnight lows around freezing and frequent rainfall. (Weather readings for the park are taken from Barnabe Peak and do not always reflect the cooler, damper climate of the campground and picnic area in the redwood forest.) Layered clothing is best.
Making multiple Individual Family Site reservations vs. a Group Camping Site reservation:
Although the reservation system currently allows you to make a reservation for two sites at the same time and for the same dates, the intention of this is to simply allow a family to camp together when their numbers would exceed the single family site’s occupancy limit of 6.
Once the number of campers goes over the occupancy permitted for your 2 sites, you should obtain an appropriate sized group site. This includes, but is not limited to, weddings, family reunions, social and athletic clubs, educational providers and corporate groups.
When a group site is not available on the date you want it or if your group size exceeds our largest site’s occupancy, it is not permissible to simply arrange to have several friends and family members reserve as many individual family campsites as possible in order to create new “group” site location.
Multiple site reservations as described above will be considered invalid and reservations cancelled. If you want to discuss possible options for your group outing, you should contact the park at 415-488-9897 prior to committing to any reservations.
All other trails are currently open. For the most current trail information or to report trail concerns please call the park at 415-488-9897.
At Samuel P. Taylor State Park, the park has taken the following actions:
The park dump station is out of service. RVs/trailers will not be able to fill their water tanks at the park. This service reduction will continue indefinitely due to budget restraints. Dump facilities and water are available for a fee at the nearby Olema RV Resort & Campground.