Samuel P. Taylor Sp CampgroundSeason for Peak Fees: 05/15 to 09/15
Samuel P. Taylor State Park consists of 2882 acres of countrysidelocated in the rolling hills of central Marin County north of SanFrancisco. The park offers contrasting natural landscapes of the shadyCoast Redwoods and sunny grasslands.The park is named for Samuel Penfield Taylor, who came toCalifornia from Boston in the 1849 gold rush. After two years ingold country, he cashed in and began looking for otherbusiness ventures. The pursuit of lumber led Taylor to buy 100 acres oftimberland along what is now known as Lagunitas Creek within the presentstate park. Instead of lumber he built a paper mill, the first on theWest Coast, producing newsprint for the San Francisco dailiesand paper bags.Taylor also built a resort hotel and Camp Taylor became one ofCalifornia's more popular recreational resorts in the 1870s and '80s.
Today the state park offers campgrounds and picnic areas forfamilies/friends or larger groups. Hiking trails take visitors throughthe shady woods or the sunny slopes of Mount Barnabe.A paved bike trail runs three miles through the park along the flatCross Marin Trail. Besides the paved path, bikes are allowed onfire roads, but not on hiking trails.Horses are allowed on fire roads and selected hiking trails. Dogs arewelcome in the picnic and campground areas and the Cross Marin Trail.Dogs must be on leash at all times and are not allowed in the creekon fire roads or trails.
The redwood community includes the Douglas Fir, Live Oak, Tanbark Oak,Bay Laurel and Big Leaf Maple trees. Mammals living here includeraccoons, chipmunks, gray fox, and black-tailed deer.NO bear. Coho Salmon and Steelhead migrate every winter to spawnin the Lagunitas and Devil's Gulch Creeks to complete their life cycle.As these are federally protected species, no fishing or any disturbanceis allowed. Winter visitors to the park are welcome to view the salmon'sspawning, but from a respectful distance as silent observers.The creek is closed to everyone but wildlife from November to June.Camp Taylor offers a variety of interpretive activities from guidednature walks, campfire and junior ranger programs as well asself guided hikes with panel illustrations on the Pioneer Tree andHistory Trails.
Camp Taylor is open year round.
Park Kiosk Hours:
- Hi Season: 8:00am-10pm
- Lo Season: Varies
P.O. BOX 251
Lagunitas CA 94938
The park is on Sir Francis Drake Blvd. 15 miles west of San Rafael or 6 miles east of Highway 1 at Olema.
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