Tilden Regional Park

2501 Grizzly Peak Blvd.
Berkeley, CA 94708- Map It
(510) 544-2233

AAA Editor Notes

Tilden Regional Park has several entrances off Grizzly Peak Blvd. This extensive park, located in northeastern Berkeley, offers something for everyone. More than 10 miles of hiking trails crisscross the 740-acre Tilden Nature Area, where the native and introduced plant communities include grasslands, oak groves and stands of eucalyptus. A boardwalk leads to Jewel Lake, a former reservoir in a peaceful setting good for wildlife observation. Near the lake is the Environmental Education Center (EEC), which has exhibits about the Wildcat Creek watershed and a schedule of park activities. Bring lettuce and celery to feed the goats, sheep, rabbits, pigs and other animals that live at Little Farm. Lake Anza, in a pretty, tree-shaded setting, has a small beach for swimming and sunbathing. The park also has a Herschell Spillman merry-go-round complete with vintage wooden carousel animals. A miniature steam train takes visitors on a ride through the park's redwood groves. Pets on leash are allowed. Recreational activities are permitted. Picnicking is permitted. Food is available.
Park free. Swimming at Lake Anza $3.50; $2.50 (ages 1-15 and 62+). Train ride $3; free (ages 0-1); $12 (family, includes five rides). Merry-go-round $2 per ride, or seven rides for $10.
Hours: Park open daily 5 a.m.-10 p.m. Environmental Education Center open Tues.-Sun. 10-4:30. Train rides Mon.-Fri. 11-5, Sat.-Sun. 11-6, mid-June through Labor Day; Sat.-Sun. 11-6, rest of year. Merry-go-round Mon.-Fri. 11-5, Sat.-Sun. 11-6, mid-May through Labor Day; Wed.-Sun. 11-5, rest of year. Park closed holidays, except July 4 and Labor Day. Environmental center closed Jan. 1, Thanksgiving, day after Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas and Dec. 31.