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Samuel P. Taylor State Park

Contact Information

(415) 488-9897

Max. Trailer Lengths

Trailer: 27 Feet
Camper/Motorhome: 31 Feet

Park Hours

8am - SUNSET

Driving Directions to Samuel P. Taylor SP

The park is 15 miles west of San Rafael on Sir Francis Drake Boulevard.

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Camping and Lodging

Online reservations are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Reservations can be made 7 months in advance on the first day of the month beginning at 8:00 a.m. PST via the website, by mail, or by calling the toll free telephone number at 1-800-444-7275. Due to seasonal volume, access to the ReserveAmerica website and the telephone line may at times be limited.

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Brochures and Campground Maps


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.

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 also recommended year-round for group sites and cabins.

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.

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.

Weather
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 campsites in the redwood forest.) Layered clothing is best.

Please Remember
• Firearms and hunting are prohibited.

• Dogs (except for service animals) are permitted only in campgrounds, picnic areas, on paved trails/roads, and on the Cross Marin Trail. They are not permitted in the cabin area. Pets must be on a six-foot-maximum leash and confined to a tent or vehicle at night.
 
• Bicycles are allowed only on the Cross Marin Trail and on fire roads. They are not allowed on single-track walking trails.

• Poison oak can trigger a severe rash. Stay in developed areas to avoid the plant.

• The park and its natural and cultural resources are protected by state law. Nothing may be disturbed. Stay on trails and respect signs designating trail usage. 

• Fishing is not permitted in Lagunitas Creek because it is home to threatened populations of coho salmon and steelhead trout. (Fishing is permitted in nearby lakes in Marin Municipal Water District; a state fishing license is required.) 

• Hammocks may not be hung from trees; all trees and plants are protected.
 
• It’s advisable to bring your own drinking water. The park’s infrastructure is old, and sometimes water in a campground or picnic area has to be turned off due to leaks.

• Conserve water and report any leaks to park employees. For more information on the State's water conservation efforts, visit www.saveourh2o.org.

Ongoing Water Service Reductions & Conservation

Save Our Water

At Samuel P. Taylor State Park, in order to meet the park's basic water needs, and comply with water conservation, the park has taken the following actions:

 The park dump station will be out of service.  RVs/trailers will not be able to fill their water tanks at the park.
 The showers near campsites 30-46 are closed.  All other showers in the campground are open for use by any campers.

Trail Conditions

 Bill's Trail, in its entirety, is closed for construction.  The planned construction will improve recreational access for hikers, equestrians and mountain bikers. The trail will remain closed during the project construction period and a required trail hardening period.  Access to Stairstep Falls will not be possible during this closure.  Access to Barnabe Peak will continue to be available directly via Barnabe Fire Road or by Gravesite Trail to Barnabe Fire Road.   
 North Creek Trail - This trail is not passable due to the washout of a portion of trail and a bridge.  The trail can still be used to connect from Madrone Group Camp to Camp Taylor.

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.

General Information

Location-Directions
The park is 15 miles / 30 minutes west of San Rafael on Sir Francis Drake Boulevard. If you are planning to camp or picnic, look for the 'Camp Taylor' entrance. Those planning to hike out of Devil's Gulch should continue 1 mile west of 'Camp Taylor' and park in the large pull-out before walking across the street. 

Street Address:
Camp Taylor
8889 Sir Francis Drake Blvd.
Lagunitas, CA 94938

Fees apply for day use and camping.

Dogs in the park
Dogs must be on leash at all times and are allowed only in the following areas:
Day-use Picnic Areas
Campsites (excluding the Cabin area)
On the Cross Marin Trail Bike Path

Dogs are not allowed in the following areas:
Trails (except the Cross Marin Trail Bike Path)
Madrone Cabins
Creeks
Any other undeveloped areas or open spaces


Available Activities and Facilities at Samuel P. Taylor State Park

OVERNIGHT FACILITIES
En route Campsites
Family Campsites
Group Campsites
Hike or Bike Campsites
RV Dump Station
Alternative Camping
RV Access
TRAIL USE
Bike Trails
Hiking Trails
Horseback Riding
DAY-USE ACTIVITIES & FACILITIES
Historical/Cultural Site
Picnic Areas
Exhibits and Programs
Guided Tours
Interpretive Exhibits
Nature & Wildlife Viewing
Family Programs
Geocaching
OTHER FACILITIES & VISITOR INFORMATION
Restrooms / Showers
Restrooms
Drinking Water Available