Samuel P. Taylor State Park

Notice: Due to lower than average water reserves, Samuel P. Taylor State Park will be conserving water by shutting off the showers throughout the park. The restrooms and water spouts will remain open during this time. We are sorry for any inconvenience this will cause during your stay.
Update: ( February 1, 2021) With the Regional Stay at Home Order lifted, State Parks is reopening campground sites for existing reservation holders. The department will be using a phased approach to reopen other campground sites for new reservations, starting January 28. The public is advised that not all campground sites are open to the public due to the pandemic, wildfire impacts and other issues. Additionally, group campsites remain closed. Day use outdoor areas of park units currently open to the public remain open.

As State Parks increases access to the State Park System, it is critical that Californians continue to recreate responsibly in the outdoors as the pandemic is far from over.

Please take the time to read the information contained on this webpage to find out what is open and closed, and the COVID-19 guidelines for this park unit.

What is open now?
  • Parking Lots
  • Trails
  • Kiosk
  • Campground
  • Madrone Cabins
  • Hike and bike

What is currently closed at this park and throughout the State Park System?
Closed at this park:
  • All group sites.
Statewide:
  • Some park units and campground sites continue to be temporarily closed due to the pandemic, impacts from wildfires or other issues. Please visit the webpage of your local outdoor destination to find out if it is open.
  • High public-use indoor facilities, including museums and visitor centers.
  • Special events and tours continue to be canceled until further notice.

Are there any new visitor guidelines? 
State Parks has implemented the following guidelines to reduce the risk of exposure to COVID-19 in the outdoors: 

  • Stay Local: Stay close to home during this pandemic period. If you or anyone in your household is feeling sick, please remain at home and plan your trip for another time.  
  • Plan Ahead:
    • The ongoing pandemic response continues to be dynamic and fluid. Prior to leaving home, check the webpage of your outdoor destination you plan to visit to find out if it is open, if parking is available, and what visitor guidelines are in effect.  
    • Learn what safety precautions you should take when exploring the outdoors at parks.ca.gov/SafetyTips.  
  • SNO-PARKS: Make sure your vehicle is snow ready. A permit is required for each vehicle parked at a SNO-PARK site. Parking is on a first come, first-serve basis at all SNO-PARK sites. The public is advised that parking lots are filling up early in the day. Illegal parking is prohibited. More information can be found at href="https://ohv.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=1233">ohv.parks.ca.gov/SNOPARKS. 
  • Stay Safer at Six Feet: No matter the recreational activity, maintain a physical distance of six feet or more. Your guests should only include those within your immediate household. This means no guests or friends, and no gatherings or parties. If there are too many people to maintain the required physical distance, please visit us on a different day.  
    • Boating: Do not raft up to other boaters or pull up onto a beach next to other recreators. 
    • Off-highway Vehicle Recreation: Do not ride next to others or pull up next to someone else as it could put you in close proximity to others. Stage 10 feet or more from each other during unloading and loading. 
  • Keep Clean: Be prepared as not all services may be available. Some restrooms will be temporarily closed to keep up with cleaning schedules. Bring soap/hand sanitizer. Please pack out all trash. Park units are experiencing heavy use and you can help alleviate the impact on park facilities. 
  • Stay Covered: The state requires you to wear a face covering when you cannot maintain a physical distance of six feet or more. Individuals must have a face covering with them at all times. 

Although law enforcement entities have the authority to issue citations, the expectation is that the public is responsible for adhering to the advice of public health officials, visitor guidelines and closures.  

California State Parks continues to work with local and state officials on a phased and regionally driven approach to increase access to state park units where compliance with state and local public health ordinances can be achieved. However, the situation remains fluid and park operations can change at any time. For information on statewide current closures and available services, please visit parks.ca.gov/FlattenTheCurve.

Phone Number

(415) 488-9897

Park Hours

8am - SUNSET

Creek access is closed from December 1st thru June 15th each year.

Dogs Allowed?

Yes
Dogs allowed only in the picnic day-use area, campground, and on the Cross Marin Trail. Dogs not allowed in the hike-and-bike site, in the creek, in the cabins, and on any other trails or undeveloped areas.

Driving Directions to Samuel P. Taylor SP

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

Camping and Lodging

Visitors will be able to reserve campsites and lodging six months in advance from the current date. Bookings may extend from the arrival date to the desired departure date – based on availability and the park’s maximum stay rules.

Upcoming Park Events

No events scheduled at this moment.

OVERNIGHT FACILITIES
En route Campsites
Family Campsites
Group Campsites
Hike or Bike Campsites
Alternative Camping
RV Access
TRAIL USE
Bike Trails
Hiking Trails
Horseback Riding
DAY-USE ACTIVITIES & FACILITIES
Historical/Cultural Site
Picnic Areas
Exhibits and Programs
Guided Tours
Interpretive Exhibits
Nature & Wildlife Viewing
Family Programs
Geocaching
OTHER FACILITIES & VISITOR INFORMATION
Restrooms / Showers
Restrooms
Drinking Water Available

Park Information

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. Please note that the Creekside Loop is off of reservations from December 1 thru February 22, 2019. The Creekside Loop will be available for reservations effective February 23rd 2018. The Orchard Hill Loop remains on reservations year-round.

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.

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.  Creek access is closed from December 1st through June 15th each year to protect the spawning salmon and their offspring. 

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.

Weather
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 campground and picnic area in the redwood forest.) Layered clothing is best.

Please Remember

  • Mushroom collecting is prohibited.  All resources within the park are protected by law.

  • Creek access/use is prohibited from December 1st through June 15th to protect spawning fish and their offspring.

  • Firearms and hunting are prohibited.

  • Dogs (except for service animals) are permitted only in campgrounds, picnic areas, on paved trails/roads, with the following exceptions.  Dogs are not permitted in the Hike & Bike campsite(s), or in the cabin area.  Pets must be on a six-foot or shorter 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.

  • Hammocks may not be hung from trees; all trees and plants are protected.

  • 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.)

  • Conserve water and report any leaks to park employees. For more information on the State's water conservation efforts, visit www.saveourh2o.org.

  • Drones are prohibited in Bay Area District Parks (including S.P. Taylor S.P.) per Park Superintendent Order.

Group Camping at Samuel P. Taylor State Park

Making multiple Individual Family Site reservations vs. a Group Camping Site reservation:

Although the reservation system currently allows you to make a reservation for two sites at the same time and for the same dates, the intention of this is to simply allow a family to camp together when their numbers would exceed the single family site’s occupancy limit of 6.

Once the number of campers goes over the occupancy permitted for your 2 sites, you should obtain an appropriate sized group site. This includes, but is not limited to, weddings, family reunions, social and athletic clubs, educational providers and corporate groups.

When a group site is not available on the date you want it or if your group size exceeds our largest site’s occupancy, it is not permissible to simply arrange to have several friends and family members reserve as many individual family campsites as possible in order to create new “group” site location.

Here at Samuel P. Taylor State Park we have several sites available to accommodate a range of group sizes. This includes sites for 10, 15, 20 and even 50 people.

Multiple site reservations as described above will be considered invalid and reservations cancelled. If you want to discuss possible options for your group outing, you should contact the park at 415-488-9897 prior to committing to any reservations.

Trail Conditions

  • Pioneer Tree Trail - This trail is currently inaccessible to horses. Several trees are down on the trail but can be climbed over by hikers.

  • 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.

  • Bill's Trail - This trail is currently open, but will close during the rainy season.

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

Location-Directions
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

Fees for day use and camping apply year round
Day use parking - $8
Standard campsites - $35
 
Contact 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 Hike & Bike campsite and 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)
Hike & Bike Campsite(s)
Madrone Cabins
Creeks
Any other undeveloped areas or open spaces

Ongoing Water Service Reductions & Conservation

Save Our WaterAt Samuel P. Taylor State Park, the park has taken the following actions:
The park dump station is out of service.  RVs/trailers will not be able to fill their water tanks at the park. This service reduction will continue indefinitely due to budget restraints. Dump facilities and water are available for a fee at the nearby Olema RV Resort & Campground.

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