Samuel P. Taylor State Park

Quick Facts

Samuel P. Taylor State Park

California

(415) 488-9897

Map Directions

Things To Do

Overview

Samuel P. Taylor State Park has wooded countryside in the steep rolling hills of Marin County north of San Francisco. The park features a unique contrast of coast redwoods groves and open grassland. The park features a variety of flowers and trees, including oak, tanoak, madrone, live oak, laurel and Douglas fir. California native wildflowers include buttercups, milkmaids, and Indian paintbrush. The most common animal in the park is the black-tailed deer. There are also raccoons, striped skunks and gray foxes. Silver salmon and steelhead trout migrate up Papermill Creek to spawn.

Map of Samuel P. Taylor (CA)

Latitude, Longitude: 38.024092, -122.723043

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Activities

  • Bicycling

    A paved bike trail runs about three miles through the park, beginning near the entrance of the park. The trail is nearly level and follows the old Northwest Pacific Railroad right-of-way.

  • Camping

    The redwood groves have 61 family campsites with restrooms, showers and piped drinking water. Some parking spaces can accommodate small trailers but have no hookups. Two group campsites can be reserved and accommodate 50 and 25 people. Call the number above in permit information for reservations. Max Camper Length: 31 Feet Max Trailer Length: 27 Feet

  • Fishing

    Nearby lakes do allow fishing and a proper state fishing license is required for anglers of the age 16 or over.

  • Hiking

    The park offers a network of hiking trails and fire roads, making it easy to hike to the top of Mount Barnabe.

  • Historic Sites

    Samuel P. Taylor State Park's landscape ranges from shady canyon groves to oakstudded grasslands to the rolling hills atop Mount Barnabe. Nestled in 2,882 acres of wooded countryside in west Marin County.

  • Horseback Riding

    Horseback riding is allowed on designated trails only.

  • Off Highway Vehicles

    Please contact park services for more information.

  • Picnicking

    Many visitors consider Devil's Gulch the best place in the park for a picnic or a place to relax.

  • RVing

    RV campsites as well as a dump site are available in the park. The park also offers wireless internet services.

Seasonality/Weather

Summer and spring are warm, fall and winter can be cool. Layered clothing is best.

Directions

Driving

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

Phone Numbers

Primary

(415) 488-9897

Permits

(800) 444-7275

Links

Comments

Another point of interest is the Devil's Gulch Trail, Bill's Trail, Stairstep Falls Trail, & Barnabee Fire Road trail system up to the Fire Lookout. See my trip report from hiking at Samuel P. Taylor State Park.

These excellent trails go through a Douglas Fir forest and provide great distant views of the surrounding countryside. See my Samuel P. Taylor State Park photos.