Park Profile: Reinhardt Redwood Regional Park - 510 Families

Park Profile: Reinhardt Redwood Regional Park

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.

Balancing on fallen trees at Redwood Regional Park. | PC: Anna Azimi

There are several entrances to Redwood Regional Park, however, to find the playground, park at the Canyon Meadow Staging Area.

Canyon Meadow Staging Area

7867 Redwood Rd, Oakland, CA 94619

Tall, tall trees along the Stream Trail! | PC: Anna Azimi

Redwood Glen Trailhead at Big Trees Trail

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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 Glen trailhead
Find the stick houses at Redwood Glen trailhead to make your own tea party in the shade | Photo: Hannah Suh Photography

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 >

EBRPD redwood observation deck at Redwood Regional Park
The exhibit, found along Roberts Ridge Trail, preserves and protects a remaining 18-foot diameter old-growth coast redwood footprint for nature learning and includes a 570-square-foot observation deck with interpretive panels. The exhibit is free and open to the public 365 days a year. | Photo by Fig & Olive Photography via East Bay Regional Parks Department

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.

Redwood Regional Park children play area
Redwood Regional Park children's play area | Photo courtesy of TripAdvisor

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.

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