The Redwood Regional Park is among one of Oakland’s national treasures. Located at 7867 Redwood Rd, in Oakland, CA 94619, the Redwood Regional Park is the most important and historic spot that exists in Oakland. This majestic forest of ancient redwood trees is also home to plenty of cultural sites that offer something for everybody. In this article, let’s take a look at why the Redwood Regional Park is so special, and why you should make the journey to visit it the next time you’re in Oakland.
The Redwood Forest had existed along the Redwood Creek valley undisturbed for centuries. Sadly, between the years of 1845 and 1860, the forest was logged so heavily that nothing was left of the original forest. While the forest grew back a second time, it was again logged till nothing but stumps were left. A third growth of trees populates the forest today, with the majority of them being around 100 years old. Many efforts have been made in recent years to help preserve the forest and prevent mass logging from happening again.
The Redwood Regional Park is comprised of around 40 miles of accessible park trails that visitors can explorer. The most popular things to do in the park tend to be picnicking, archery, hiking, and quite a few other physical activities. Some activities just aren’t allowed in the park. One of the main prohibited activities is fishing, especially in the waters on park property.
If you are planning a picnic, they have four different picnic sites that are available for you to choose from. These picnic sites are able to seat between 50 and 150 people, with the requirement that you call and make a reservation if you will be bringing a group.
In addition to the magnificent trails and picnic areas run by park administration, the park is also home to some other museums and cultural centers. At various points on the trail, you can a detour to the Chabot Space and Science Center, the Huckleberry Botanic Preserve, and the Sibley Volcanic Park among many others.
The main attraction of the park is the wildlife that lives within the Redwood forest. The animals are loose and not caged up like in a zoo, meaning that you get to see nature in full effect. Among the animals that live in the park are golden eagles, deer, raccoons, and many other different forest critters. They also have a population of rainbow trout that were transplanted into the Redwood Creek.
The Redwood Regional Forest is open every day from 5 AM to 10 PM, unless otherwise posted by authorities. Hence, if you visit, you should call their office or check their website just to make sure. Admission is free for people at most times, though it does cost $2 per dog. However, guide and service animals are admitted for free. Parking costs $5 per vehicle and $4 per trailer. All of the fees are collected only at the front gate and only during specific times in the year.
Getting to Silva & Associates from Redwood Regional Park, Oakland
via CA-13 N and CA-24 W
- Get on CA-13 N/State Hwy 13 N in Oakland
- Head southwest on Skyline Blvd
- Turn right onto Joaquin Miller Rd
- Turn right to merge onto CA-13 N/State Hwy 13 N
- Continue on CA-13 N/State Hwy 13 N. Take CA-24 W to Brush St. Take exit 1C from I-980 W
- Merge onto CA-13 N/State Hwy 13 N
- Use the left lane to merge onto CA-24 W toward Oakland
- Continue onto I-980 W
- Use the right 2 lanes to take exit 1C for 12th St
- Continue on Brush St to your destination in Alameda
- Merge onto Brush St
- Continue straight to stay on Brush St
- Turn left onto 7th St
- Use the right 2 lanes to turn right onto Webster St
- Slight right to stay on Webster St
- Continue onto Webster Street Tube
- Use the left lane to turn slightly left onto Constitution Way (signs for Marina Village Pkwy)
- Use the left 2 lanes to turn left onto Marina Village Pkwy
- Turn left
- Turn right
- Sharp left