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“Perfect Campground for the Family”

Samuel P. Taylor State Park
Ranked #1 of 2 things to do in Lagunitas
Certificate of Excellence
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Reviewed May 28, 2013

We stayed at Camp Taylor at the Creekside Loop (tents only),Site 15, with our 12 yr old, 3 yr old, and our special needs 9 yr old daughter. We had a wonderful time. Although Site 15 was smaller than expected and in full sun, it was right downhill from the bathrooms and showers, which was perfect for our newly potty trained daughter. Potable water was available through pipes spigots conveniently next to most sites. Although the campsites and park are surrounded by Poison Oak, we identified it easily and were able to avoid it. We didn't get any visits from raccoons even though the kids dropped more than their fair share of food crumbs below the table. Our visitors consisted of little mice, chipmunks, and various birds. We loved waking up to the birds singing in the morning, and seeing the little mice and chipmunks come in and out of their hiding spots.

We rode bikes down a wide, paved 3.5 mile (one way) Bike path (Cross Marin Trail) mostly lined with ferns and redwoods right beside the creek. It crosses into Golden Gate NRA halfway through. Another 2 mile coarse gravel trail was available towards the Redwood Picnic area, suitable for mountain bikes, hiking, and horses.

We were there for Memorial Day weekend, so there were plenty of other families, church groups, etc. They recently changed the campsite capacity to 6 (from 8), so we were unable to bring along another family (not that they'd fit in the site). Several group camp sites accommodated up to 15 people. . .next time we'll bring our friends.

Just a few miles from Camp Taylor is the little town of Lagunitas, where we were able to get some milk, ice, and DELICIOUS milkshakes from the general store. We purchased firewood from the ranger office for $8/bundle (lasts 3+ hours). Cheaper than OSH.

A day trip out to Point Reyes to see the light house and a stop by Drakes Beach for a picnic BBQ lunch was worth the drive.

Just over an hour away from home and such a beautiful getaway. We'll be back!

9  Thank RMLmom
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Reviewed May 28, 2013

This is our go-to place for group picnics. Go out early in the morning to reserve a spot under the redwoods. There are stone bbqs with grates and large picnic tables along the creek. There are several water spigots along the picnic area and nice bathrooms.

Bring a tablecloth for the well worn tables and food to share and bbq. Don't forget the briquettes.

The parking fee is $8. You won't get a map of the park unless you ask the ranger for one at the kiosk. Do ask so you can go for a hike on one of the many hiking trails. We also enjoyed watching the birds and wildlife - squirrels and a cute chipmunk.

1  Thank Beth B
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Reviewed May 18, 2013

As others have written, this is a lovely redwood park. Many fewer visitors than Muir Woods. It has a paved road/trail that was excellent for a stroller walk. $8.00 day use entry fee.

2  Thank mountainhiker
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Reviewed April 29, 2013

Easy to reach and unbelievably beautiful. We brought a picnic with us on an April afternoon; sat at a picnic table by a gurgling stream. Maybe Californians take this for granted, but a convenient, safe and inexpensive way to enjoy what's special about coastal California.

2  Thank doctoryes
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Reviewed March 11, 2013

We loved that this park was close to Piont Reyes National Seashore and open in the winter! Our campsite was beautiful and had good drainage which is key for tenting it. We did have a raccoon visit us at our site so make sure your food is stored well.

The bathrooms and showers were clean. Another plus was fun hiking trails right off the campground.

The only downside was we could hear vehicles from the highway.

2  Thank Nebraskatravler69363
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