Reinhardt Redwood Regional Park, nestled in the redwoods, is a peaceful nature escape for those who prefer calm and quiet. Park at the Canyon Meadow Staging Area, and then follow the paved trail to find the playground and bathrooms. Keep going. Redwood Regional contains the largest remaining natural stand of ancient coast redwoods in the East Bay — surrounded by many newer, “second growth” redwood trees. You’ll find many lovely well-marked paths, wildlife, and so many flowers. Our favorite hike for small kids or strollers is the Stream Trail.
Kid-friendly hiking at Redwood Regional Park
When open, we stop at the playground for a bit, but my boys prefer following the Stream Trail for a short hike. We admired the towering trees, found a family of bunnies, and collected sticks and leaves. The trail is flat and easy, perfect for young and newly adventures hikers.
There are several entrances to Redwood Regional Park, however, to find the playground, park at the Canyon Meadow Staging Area.
Canyon Meadow Staging Area
Redwood Glen Trailhead at Big Trees Trail
Oakland mom, Hannah, loves the area just off the Redwood Glen trailhead. All around this area there are these neat stick shelters built from fallen branches. Her children love claiming one for their own and having snacks and juice like a “tea party” in the woods.
Redwood Heritage Viewing Deck
Another really special feature of Redwood Regional Park is the old growth redwood heritage viewing deck and interpretive exhibit (located in Roberts Regional Recreational Area, within Redwood Regional Park), as they are a great window into the redwood forest’s past. The viewing deck and exhibit are found along the Roberts Ridge Trail as you hike to the Redwood Bowl. The closest access point is the Redwood Bowl Staging Area parking lot. (View location on map)
Learn more about the old-growth redwood tree viewing deck and education project from Save the Redwoods League >
Reinhardt Redwood Regional Park Playground
When open, The playground is small and unremarkable, but you’ll find sand, slides, and monkey bars. The real treat here is the atmosphere – you can’t beat the scenery.
Plan your visit to Redwood Regional Park
Parking is $5 per vehicle on weekends and holidays, and free during the week. Find out about trail closures, special programs, detailed maps, and facilities updates on the website.