Samuel P. Taylor State Park, Lagunitas, California

Located along Lagunitas Creek, historians will enjoy the history of this state park. Remnants of an old paper mill and information on the buildings that once stood along the creek during its bustling mid-1800's life are available througjt areas of the park. Several hiking and easy walking trails meander creekside and cliffside through the forested terrain. Many of these leave from camp and a larger loop trail leaves from the large day use parking and picnicking area. There is a beautiful lengthy easy biking path that beckons riders. Salmon spawn in the Lagunitas Creek, and a salmon viewing platform is available near camp and the day use areas. Campsites here are less private than we would have liked, but were enjoyable just the same. The campground is heavily wooded with mature redwoods, maples, and other deciduous riparian trees and shrubs. Fall is a beautiful time to visit with clear days and the changing of leaves colors. The camp has three different primitive loops: one extensively for tenters, and the other two for a mix of RVs and tents. We camped in the largest Orchard Loop and enjoyed our distance from the main road. Sites 1-6 are pull-off, parallel sites, but have beautiful camping areas right along the creek. I think tenters and RVers alike would enjoy those sites. Sites in the Orchard Loop although paved, are mostly unlevel. All sites have scenery, picnic tables, firepits, and a standing barbeque. Most are spacious as well, however many of the interior sites in the loop are nestled awfully close to the restroom buildings (yuck). Camp is about 45 minutes from San Francisco and a short drive from Point Reyes National Seashore and its visitor's center. Come prepared, as there is no water fill, dump station, or firewood for sale here. Camp hosts are onsite along with a take one, leave one book exchange. 

Best Sites: 1-6, 26, 27, 29, 31, 46

Poor Sites: 30, 37, 39

Hookups: None

Potable Water: No

Dump Within Facility: No