Samuel P. Taylor SP
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. Coho salmon and steelhead trout migrate up Lagunitas Creek to spawn.
On January 17, 2014, Governor Brown proclaimed a State of Emergency and directed state officials to take all necessary actions to prepare for drought conditions.
The Governor directed State agencies, including California State Parks, to use less 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:
As of 1/20/14, and until further notice, the park dump station will be out of service. Trailers will not be able to fill their water tanks at the park.
All park restrooms and showers are open with the exception of the following
As of 3/19/14, and until further notice the restroom building near sites 30 - 40 is closed. Chemical toilets will be made available in the vicinity of the closed restroom as soon as possible. Flush toilets and showers are available at the restroom near campsite #59 for campers in the Orchard Hill Loop. New reservations for certain portions of the campground cannot be made until repairs to the park water system have been completed.
We encourage visitors to also conserve water, and report any leaks they encounter during their visit to Park employees. We also urge visitors to bring plenty of drinking water during their visit. For more information on the State’s water conservation efforts, visit www.SaveOurH2O.org.
Know before you go...
PIONEER TREE TRAIL CLOSED - Unftil further notice Pioneer Tree Trail is closed. The trail is not passable due to a a large fir tree which has fallen and completely blocked the trail.
Firewood sales at the park have resumed. Wood is sold for $8 per bundle
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.
8889 Sir Francis Drake Blvd.
Lagunitas, CA 94938
Campsites 7-25, Madrone Group Camp and Cabins are currently available for reservation on ReserveAmerica.com The campground is often full on weekends, and everyday during the summer months. The Reserve America website will indicate if any campsites are not reserved for the current day, in which case they become available on a first come, first served basis. The Orchard Hill Loop(sites 27-59) is currently available on a first come first served basis. Reservations can be made now for dates after May 1st, 2014. Reservations can be made 2 days to 7 months in advance. The maximum occupany for standard campsites is 6 persons of any age. All campsites have a picnic table, fire ring and bbq grill for charcoal.
Note that sites 15, 21, 30, 37, 39, and 58 are reserved for visitors with disabilities. A valid DMV-issued handicapped placard is required at time of check-in to an accessible campsite. The visitor with the disability must be present each night/day of the reservation/use period.
Fees (payable by cash or check only)
Camping $35 (includes parking for 1 vehicle)
Please contact the park for additional fee information
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)
Any other undeveloped areas or open spaces
Summer and spring are warm but usually 10 degrees cooler than the city, fall and winter can be quite cold with overnight lows around freezing. Weather readings for the park are taken from atop Mt. Barnabe and do not always reflect the cooler moist climate of the redwood forest were the campground is located. Layered clothing is best.
59 family campsites, and several group campsites are available for camping. Most campsites are under majestic redwood trees, while the sites at Devil's Gulch and Madrone are situated under bay and oak trees at the bottom of Mt. Barnabe. Reservations are required during peak seasons for regular sites, and year round for group sites if they are open. The maximum occupany for standard campsites is 6 persons of any age.
Within the Madrone Group Camp you will also find the Madrone cabins, which are available for reservation. Maximum occupancy is 5 persons and no pets are allowed. If you plan to try to purchase a cabin on a first come, first served basis please call the park prior to arrival , and check out the Madrone Cabin info.
The park offers a network of hiking trails and fire roads, making it easy to hike to the top of Mount Barnabe. Or, for a less strenuous visit, many visitors consider Azalea Picnic Area the best place in the park for a picnic or a place to relax. The Point Reyes National Seashor boarders Samuel P. Taylor State Park, and offers a great many additional trails and other activities.
The paved Cross Marin Trail bike path runs about three miles through the park, beginning near the entrance of the park. The trail is nearly level and follows the old Northern Pacific Coast Railroad right-of-way through Samuel P. Taylor and into the Golden Gate National Recreation Area. This is the only dog friendly trail in the park and is very popular with all visitors.
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 on Marin Municipal Water District land. A state fishing license is required. Visitors should remember that the park is home to these dwindling species and that their habitat must be treated with respect.
The park is named for Samuel Penfield Taylor, who came to California from Saugerties, New York in 1849 to try his luck in the gold rush. He actually found gold, cashed in, and entered the lumber business.
Purchasing 101 acres of timberland along Papermill Creek (then called Daniel's Creek), Taylor built a paper mill and established a paper-making process. Using scrap paper and rags from San Francisco the mill produced newsprint and the worlds first square-bottomed paper bags -- a novelty at the time.
Taylor, with help from the Northern Pacific Coast Railroad, built a resort hotel and Camp Taylor, one of the first sites in the US to offer camping as a recreational pursuit. The area was one of California's most popular and well-known weekend recreation destinations in the 1870s-80s.
Camp Host Opportunities
(Availability year around) The camp hosts work with visitor services staff assisting park visitors with registration, firewood sales, and providing general information. They may also work with the maintenance staff assisting with minor projects. Each camp host should be willing to volunteer a minimum of 30 hours per week. Hosts must provide their own RV or trailer. For more information click here or contact the Ranger Station at (415) 488-9897 or by email at email@example.com.
- Hours of Operation:
8am - sunset
- Park Office Telephone:
San Francisco Bay AreaCounty
Max Camper Length:
31 FeetMax Trailer Length
- Purchase Annual Passes
Contact the park
P.O. Box 251
Lagunitas, CA 94938
Open 8:00 AM til sunset, for more information please call the park.
For more information on special events and weddings:
Click here for wedding information (PLEASE READ FIRST)
Click here for wedding permit application
Marin District Film and Event Coordinator
P.O. Box 1016
Novato, CA 94948
Phone 415-898-4363 ext 205
Firewood is availble for $8 per bundle at the park.
Don't Move Firewood Information