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Samuel P. Taylor State Park

Samuel P Taylor State Park

Samuel P. Taylor State Park

Location: 8889 Sir Francis Drake Blvd, Lagunitas, California 94938, United States
Features: Camping, Hiking, Biking, Picnic

About the Samuel P Taylor State Park

Man Sitting on a fallen Redwood Tree in Samuel P Taylor State Park California

Samuel P. Taylor State Park is a state park located in Marin County, California. It contains approximately 2,700 acres of redwood forest and grassland. The park contains about 600 acres of old-growth forest, some of which can be seen along the Pioneer Tree Trail. 

The park is characterized by open grassland and area of coast redwoods, offers a thrilling hike to the top of Barnabe Peak, one of the best viewpoints in Marin County. Visitors can camp, bike along the creek, explore easy-to-moderate hiking trails, relax in the shady picnic area of redwoods.

Dog-Friendly Camping

Dog wrapped in blanket at a campsite in Samuel P Taylor State Park

While dogs are not allowed on the hiking trails, they are allowed on the bike trail that runs about six miles through the park. The path is nearly level and follows the Northwest Pacific Railroad right-of-way. The trail is both paved and dirt and it starts near the park entrance. Dogs are also allowed in the developed areas like the campgrounds.

Pets must be leashed and please clean up after your pet.

Top 3 Adventure Hacks

1) Weather at Samuel P Taylor State Park

A mild climate, varying from dense fog and rain to full sun. Fall and winter can be cold, with overnight lows around freezing and frequent rainfall. Summer and spring are usually 10 degrees cooler than in San Rafael. Layered clothing is advised.

Always be prepared and carry the proper outdoor adventure gear

2) Plan Your Trip in Advance

It is best for visitors to prepare their trip to get the most out of their visit. Reservations are highly recommended year-round especially for group site and cabins. Double check the visitor’s guideline for new implemented rules & regulation specially during this time of pandemic. 

3) Park information

Samuel P Taylor State 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. Fee for day use parking is $8, for standard campsites $35, for additional information and detailed fee’s please contact Samuel P Taylor State Park at (415) 488-9897 or

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