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Redwood Regional Park in Oakland, CA

Updated on August 16, 2014

My favorite part of the East Bay Regional Park District:

Redwood Regional Park in Oakland, CA is a scenic 1829 acre Regional Park that's easily accesible from anywhere in the San Francisco Bay Area. The park's redwood forests, oak groves, creeks and trails provide the setting for mountain biking, horseback riding, picnics, overnight and multi-day camping.

A part of the East Bay Regional Park district, many of the trails connect to adjacent parks like Sibley, Huckleberry, Anthony Chabot and beyond. This lens has trail maps, videos, photos and information on one of the Bay Area's great outdoor places.

All of the photos in this lens are some rights reserved by MiguelVieira unless noted otherwise.

Redwood Regional Park - French Trail

Park History and Information

The area that is now called Redwood Regional Park was originally an old growth forest of Sequoia sempervirens, or coast redwood. During the Gold Rush, these trees were logged to build the towns that sprung up all over Northern California. The forest that stands now is roughly 150 years old and has been a Regional Park since 1940.

The terrain includes redwood forests, junipers, oak chaparral, grasslands, meadows and Redwood Creek, where a unique species of rainbow trout was first discovered in 1855. The trout still return to the creek to spawn, just as they've always done though now they take a fish ladder, to save time I'm sure. Other animals and birds seen in the park are deer, raccoons, rabbits, squirrels and even the rare Golden Eagle.

photo: some rights reserved by David Ashleydale

Hiking trails in Redwood Regional Park - (map detail)

Photos of the Park in Spring

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Driving directions to Redwood Regional Park

11500 skyline blvd, oakland

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Public Transit Directions to Redwood Regional Park

On BART, take a Fremont (Green) or Dublin/Pleasanton (Blue) train to Coliseum BART. Then, take AC Transit bus #46A to Skyline Boulevard.

At 11500 Skyline Boulevard, just before the intersection of Skyline and Joaquin Miller Road, dis-embark. The return trip is the same.

Videos from around Redwood Regional Park

These videos show some of the trails, flora and fauna of the park, including a ladybug migration!

Here's a good way to enter the park.:
7867 Redwood Rd Oakland, CA 94618

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Have you ever been to Redwood Regional Park?

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    • JustineKnott profile image


      4 years ago

      Yes, we stopped there on the way from LA to Seattle. Breathtaking. I can just relive the stillness and the fresh air again by looking at those photos. Thanks

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      Rose Jones 

      5 years ago

      I have never been here! Another local treasure. Pinned to my California board.

    • delia-delia profile image


      5 years ago

      Oh yes, many times! Wow this brought back my youth when I first came to this country, we always took walks there...I remember Skyline Blvd being the main road before 580 MacArthur Fwy was built....Thanks for the memory!

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      Tom Maybrier 

      6 years ago

      @Linda BookLady: That's so cool!

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      Tea Pixie 

      6 years ago

      I love the photo of the French Trail. I have never been here but I have been to other Redwood parks in north-west California. The French Trail looks so inviting - it will go on the travel list. :)

    • sunlightseer profile image


      6 years ago

      Yes, a favorite place. Thanks for bringing memories back.

    • AstroGremlin profile image


      6 years ago

      I have been to other lands where the Redwoods grow. What a wise gift of the old ones, 150 years ago, to let these trees grow back so near to human cities.

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      Linda Jo Martin 

      6 years ago from Post Falls, Idaho, USA

      I have great memories of hiking through Redwood Regional Park and a birthday picnic my family surprised me with there.

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      6 years ago

      I *have* to check this out. Thanks for the great lens!

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      Cecil Kenmill 

      6 years ago from Osaka, Japan

      I lived in San Francisco a while. I feel like a tool for never having been at Redwood. Great vids!

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      Cecil Kenmill 

      6 years ago from Osaka, Japan

      I lived in San Francisco a while. I feel like a tool for never having been at Redwood. Great vids!

    • benny77 profile image


      6 years ago

      Love this.... looks like a very peaceful place...and I bet it smells amazing there

    • GGNT15 profile image


      6 years ago

      I love being outside and those trees look amazing.

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      6 years ago

      Very nice lens.

    • wilfredpadilla profile image


      6 years ago

      I like these kind of places and stuff. Hope you can share more pictures soon!

    • queenofduvetcover profile image


      6 years ago

      I love the outdoors and Redwood Regional Park looks absolutely beautiful! Nice lens! =)

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      Pam Irie 

      6 years ago from Land of Aloha

      As a reader, it's almost as if I were touring the redwood regional forest myself. :)

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      Chris-H LM 

      6 years ago

      One of my favorite childhood memories is riding through the redwood forest on horseback some 30+ years ago. Boy was I sore the next day though! Thanks for bringing back memories.

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      6 years ago

      I love the video of the horseback riding. The sound makes you feel like you are on the horse yourself. Fabulous photos.

    • oxfordian profile image


      6 years ago

      I gre up in southern California and have visited the redwoods many times. It's like a fairyland. I also love horseback riding (I even did a lens on touring the world on horseback). Thanks for giving us a glimpse! It brought back so many memories for me.

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      6 years ago

      A great lens that has captured the beauty of Redwood Regional Park.

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      Laraine Sims 

      6 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      This lens is beautiful. The videos are stunning! Our family has visited the Redwood Regional Park many times. The last time we were there my husband took many lovely pictures. It seems like the park is getting smaller. Is it?

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      6 years ago

      Great photos, I'm more north then you when I lived in California and I sure do miss all the big trees.

    • LisaDH profile image


      6 years ago

      I lived in the Bay Area for a long time and never visited this park. Don't know how I missed it...

    • Kiwisoutback profile image


      6 years ago from Massachusetts

      In ever knew about this park. I've been to the one near the Oregon border, that was beautiful. I'm sure this is as well. Nice work!

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      6 years ago

      Looks like a beautiful park to hike and ride bike in. Nice bike by the way!

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      6 years ago

      Never been there, but from the photos, it looks like a neat place to visit.

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      6 years ago

      Been there, awesome park to visit, huge trees!

    • GabStar profile image


      6 years ago

      The park looks like a beautiful place to visit

    • KatrinaAriel1 profile image


      7 years ago

      The Redwoods have such presence that they draw me, completely, into peace and joy. Love these trees!

    • bikerministry profile image


      7 years ago

      Beautiful Lens. I visited Redwoods when I was a child. It was breathtaking then, would love to return.

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      Close2Art LM 

      7 years ago

      I've always been interested in the Red Woods...Thanks for Sharing...:)rwjr

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      Frankie Kangas 

      7 years ago from California

      Beautiful park. I've never been there. I live in the Redwood forest in Fort Bragg, CA. so I know how beautiful they can be. Nice lens! Blessed. Bear hugs, Frankster


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