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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.

Online Reservations

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.

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

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.  RV's/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

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

All open campsites and cabins are currently available for reservation on  The campground is often full on weekends, and every day during the summer months.  The maximum occupancy for standard campsites is 6 persons of any age.  All campsites have a picnic table, fire ring and bbq grill for charcoal.  Campers should leave food items in a closed vehicle or a secure food locker to prevent theft by racoons and other park wildlife.  Hammocks are not permitted to be hung from trees, all trees and plants are protected (CCR 4306).  Check in begins at 2:00 PM and check out time is 12 noon. 

Reservations can be made from 7 months to 2 days in advance.  The Reserve America website will indicate if any campsites are not reserved for the current day, those sites will be marked with a W for walkup.  Walkup sites are not sites you have to walk to, but rather are sites that may be available on a first come first served basis. 

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.

Parking               $8
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)
Madrone Cabins
Any other undeveloped areas or open spaces

Seasons/Climate/Recommended Clothing
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.

Park Features

59 family campsites, and several group campsites are reservable 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 occupancy 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.

Park History

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 with campground and day use operations.  Some typical host duties include registering park visitors, fee collection, selling firewood, picking up trash, and providing general information.  Hosts may also work, on occasion, 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

Available Activities and Facilities at Samuel P. Taylor State Park

En route Campsites
Family Campsites
Group Campsites
Hike or Bike Campsites
RV Dump Station
Alternative Camping
RV Access
Bike Trails
Hiking Trails
Horseback Riding
Historical/Cultural Site
Picnic Areas
Exhibits and Programs
Guided Tours
Interpretive Exhibits
Nature & Wildlife Viewing
Family Programs
Restrooms / Showers
Drinking Water Available