Tilden Regional Park

Notice
The Selby Trail is CLOSED at the connector trail to the Merry-Go-Round until further notice.

Park Info

Address:
Entrances off  Wildcat Canyon Road and  Grizzly Peak Boulevard in Berkeley, CA

Fees:
Parking: No fee
Dogs: No fee

Gate Hours
Open between 5am and 10pm unless otherwise posted or permitted

Phone Number:
Toll Free: 888-EBPARKS (888-327-2757), option 3, extension 4562

Maps
>  Trail Map
>  Map PDF
>  Wildcat Canyon Road
>  Grizzly Peak Boulevard

Park Locations
> Botanic Garden
> Tilden Nature Area
> Tilden Little Farm
> Lake Anza
> Merry Go Round
> Brazilian Room
> Tilden Golf Course

About The Park

One of the District's three oldest parks, Tilden has been called the jewel of the system, and its recreational activities have become a happy tradition for generations of East Bay youngsters. From a carousel ride and a picnic to a swim at Lake Anza and a stroll through the Botanic Garden, Tilden has variety to delight everyone. Yet there are plenty of quiet places in Tilden's 2,079 acres to shelter the wildlife and preserve natural beauty.

Tilden was named for Charles Lee Tilden, first president of the Park District Board of Directors. The park is reached via Canon Drive, Shasta Road, or South Park Drive, all off Grizzly Peak Boulevard in Berkeley.

Wildflower Photo Guide

> Tilden   3.5 Mb, 11 x 8.5, 23 pp., PDF

Attractions: Hours & Fees

Attraction
Days Open / Hours
Fees
 

BOTANIC GARDEN

(510) 544-3169

NativePlants.org

OPEN DAILY

October - May
  8:30am - 5pm

June - September
  8:30am - 5:30pm

Closed:
Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years Day

Note:
West Gate closes at 4:30pm

When volunteers are present,  California native plants are available for sale, Thursdays 9am - 11am, at the potting shed (enter Garden via West Gate) year-round except a month before major plant sales – third Saturday of April and first Saturday of October.

No charge  

BRAZILIAN ROOM
(510) 544-3164

OPEN YEAR-ROUND:
  Call for information
Open House: 1st & 3rd Tue. of the month:
  1pm - 8pm
Call for fees  

ENVIRONMENTAL
EDUCATION
CENTER (EEC)
(510) 544-2233

OPEN YEAR-ROUND

Open Tuesday - Sunday:
  10am - 4:30pm

Closed:
  Thanksgiving, Christmas & New Years Day

No charge  

LITTLE FARM
(510) 544-2233

OPEN DAILY

  8:30am - 4:00pm

No charge  

MERRY-GO-ROUND 

(510) 559-1004

Open Friday  - Monday
   11am - 5pm
Open daily: May 29 

Monday - Friday
   11am - 5pm

Saturday - Sunday

   11am - 6pm

$3.00
per ride

$15.00
for 7 rides

 

STEAM TRAIN 
(510) 548-6100

Open Saturday - Sunday:
   11am – 6pm (Or dusk, which ever comes first.)

Open Daily beginning June 11

   11am-5pm

Open Memorial Day, May 28

   11am-6pm

Open Labor Day, September 3

   11am - 6pm

Free
Under 2 years

$3.00
per ride

$12.00
for 5 rides

 

LAKE ANZA
(888) 327-2757
option 3, ext. 4562

Swim area reopens for weekend use:

Saturday April 28 - May 27

  11am-6pm

Open daily beginning May 28

Monday – Friday
   
11am-5pm
Saturday – Sunday
   
11 am - 6pm

Hiking trails remain open year-round

N/A

 
GOLF COURSE
(510) 848-7373
OPEN DAILY:
  Call for hours
Call for fees  
NATIVE HERE NURSERY

NativeHereNursery.org

Open:  
  Tuesdays, 12pm – 3pm       
  Fridays, 9am – 12pm
  Saturdays, 10am – 2pm

Plant prices vary, no admission fee

 
For more information or for lost & found, please call the Tilden Park office at 510-544-2747
or toll-free 888-EBPARKS (888-327-2757), option 3, extension 4562.

Park Calendars

Park Features

Click HERE for a listing of direct GPS Coordinates to all primary locations.

Steam Train

The Steam Train offers rides along a scenic ridge on a scaled-down steam train. Parking, drinking water, and restroom facilities are wheelchair accessible. For information, including hours and ticket prices, see the Tilden Attractions schedule above, or call (510) 548-6100.

The Botanic Garden

The Regional Parks Botanic Garden contains the world's most complete collection of California native plants, including rare and endangered species. Its visitor center (wheelchair accessible) offers tours and lectures throughout the year. The Botanic Garden offers accessible drinking and restroom facilities. Call (510) 544-3169 for information, or visit the Botanic Garden page. See also the Friends of the Regional Parks Botanic Garden website (NativePlants.org) for more information on the Regional Parks Botanic Garden.

The Brazilian Room

This historic indoor/outdoor facility is popular for weddings, parties, corporate events, etc. The setting is upscale to elegant with a breathtaking view of Tilden Park and beautifully landscaped gardens. It accommodates 150 seated or 225 standing guests. It features a commercial kitchen, a large main room with windows and doors opening up to the flagstone patio. Catering is available. For more information call 1-888-EBPARKS OR 1-888-327-2757, press option 2, or see BrazilianRoom.org.

This facility is wheelchair accessible.

The Merry-Go-Round

Tilden's Herschell-Spillman Merry-Go-Round is a splendid antique menagerie carousel with hand-carved and beautifully painted wooden carousel animals to ride, and calliope-style music to make any child's heart sing. The facility offers a wheelchair accessible snack stand, drinking water, restroom, and parking. For information, see the Tilden Attractions schedule above.

Tilden Nature Area and The Little Farm

Learn all about Tilden's surprising variety of plants and animals through the nature programs at the Little Farm and the Environmental Education Center (EEC) in Tilden Nature Area, both accessible to disabled persons. For more information about the Tilden Nature Area, visit the Tilden Nature Area page.

Park Activities

Picnicking

Picnic areas are plentiful in Tilden. Reservable picnic areas include Carousel (35), Quarry (35), Big Leaf (50), Buckeye (50), Fern (50), Lakeview (50), Meadows (50), Orchard (50), Island (75), Willows (100), Laurel (150), Padre (150) and Mineral Springs (150). There are barbecues at most picnic areas. To reserve a site, or for more information, call 1-888-EBPARKS or 1-888-327-2757, press option 2.

Weddings and Receptions

Weddings and receptions may be held at Lakeview (50), Laurel (150), Padre (150), and Mineral Springs (150) reservable picnic areas, in addition to the Botanic Garden (50) and the Brazil Building (150). To reserve a site, or for more information, call 1-888-EBPARKS or 1-888-327-2757. For Brazilian Room information or reservations, call 1-888-EBPARKS (1-888-327-2757), press option 2; or visit their website at BrazilianRoom.org. If you are interested in becoming an Approved Caterer with the Brazilian Room or other Regional Parks rental facilities, please e-mail the Brazilian Room at brazil@ebparks.org.

Swimming

The swim facility and beach are closed for the season and will open on April 28, 2018.

Just over the hill from Berkeley, Tilden Park's Lake Anza is a favorite getaway. Its sandy beach is open to the sun and sheltered from the wind, with lifeguards posted during the swim season. Wheelchair accessible features include drinking water and ample parking (restrooms are not wheelchair accessible). Picnic grounds are located nearby. There is a beach access fee to the swim area, which has changing rooms. For fee information and lifeguard service schedule, see the Tilden Attractions schedule above, or visit the Swim Facilities page. Swim season is normally May through September and closed for swimming November through March. Trails and picnic areas remain open year-round. Please note the trail around the lake is difficult terrain. The refreshment stand, The Lake Anza Beach Cafe, is open during the swim season.

> Current Water Test Results Acrobat PDF
> Swim Beach Information

Fishing

The lake is open for fishing year-round. The lake is not stocked, but has naturally occurring largemouth bass, bluegill, sunfish, and channel catfish. A state fishing license is required for persons age 16 or older.

Group Camping

Group camping facilities for organized groups include Gillespie Youth Camp and Wildcat View Group Camp, which both hold 75 people, and New Woodland Group Camp, which holds 50 people. For more information or to make a reservation, phone 1-888-EBPARKS or 1-888-327-2757, and press option 2.

Equestrian Camping

Equestrian camping is accommodated at the Es Anderson Equestrian Camp (50 max). Call 1-888-EBPARKS or 1-888-327-2757, press option 2, to reserve. Water for horses may be arranged upon reservation; there is no potable water for human consumption at the site.

Golfing

The Tilden Park Golf Course is an 18-hole public golf course with a driving range, pro shop, practice green, and the Tee Club restaurant. The Tilden Park Golf Course is the 67th golf course in California and the 1,009th in the world to be designated as a Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary.
Phone (510) 848-7373 for fee information and reservations. See their website at  Americangolf.com.

Hiking and Biking

There are 39.41 miles of trails in Tilden Park, through many different kinds of terrain. The larger multi-use trails allow hikers, bicyclers, and horses, some are for hikers and horses only, and the smaller single-track trails are for hikers only. See the legend and trail designations on the trail map below for specific details. Trail mileages are marked in sections of the trails, and topographical lines give you information on steepness of the terrain. Trail maps can be found at most of the bulletin boards at trailheads in the park, or you can print one yourself (see the Park Info tab above on the right).

Nimitz Way, paved and wheelchair accessible, is popular with hikers, bicyclists, and equestrians, and affords spectacular views from the crest of the East Bay hills. The best parking for this trail is at Inspiration Point on Wildcat Canyon Road. Please note there is no drinking water at this parking area, and dogs must be on a leash on Nimitz way. The East Bay Skyline National Recreation Trail follows Nimitz Way and other Tilden trails during part of its 31-mile route.

Video

Abraham goes to the Little Farm at Tilden Regional Park

Flicker Photos

View Flickr Photos

Park Accessibility

The following facilities are wheelchair accessible: Steam Train, the Merry-Go-Round, Little Farm and the Environmental Education Center (EEC) in Tilden Nature Area. Nimitz Way is paved and wheelchair accessible. There is trail staging at Inspiration Point on Wildcat Canyon Road that offers wheelchair accessible parking and restrooms, but there is no drinking water at this staging area.

Trail Accessibility Reports

To Reach The Park

There are many entrances and facilities in Tilden Regional Park. See the map below for details. The Environmental Education Center, Little Farm, Merry-Go-Round, and Lake Anza are closest to the Canon Drive entrance in Berkeley. The Steam Trains are closest to the Lomas Cantadas entrance off Grizzly Peak Blvd in Berkeley.

The park is located in the Berkeley hills just north of Highway 24--take the Fish Ranch Road exit east of the Caldecott Tunnel, drive uphill, and turn right at Grizzly Peak Blvd. From Grizzly Peak, you will pass:

  • The Lomas Cantadas entrance, with access to the Steam Train.
  • The South Park Drive entrance, with access to hiking trailheads, picnicking, the Botanic Garden, and the Brazil Building. Note that South Park is closed to auto traffic November 1 - April 1 to protect migrating newts.
  • The Golf Course Road entrance, with access to the Native Here plant nursery and the public golf course.
  • The Shasta Road entrance, with access to the public golf course, the Brazil Building, the Botanic Garden, Lake Anza, Inspiration Point for hiking and views, the Merry-Go-Round, and the Environmental Education Center and Little Farm.

Or enter the park from its west side in Berkeley from Canon Drive where Wildcat Canyon Road and Grizzly Peak Boulevard intersect. Canon Drive provides access to the Environmental Education Center and Little Farm, the Merry-Go-Round, Lake Anza swimming, picnicking and hiking. You can also enter the park on its east side from Wildcat Canyon Road off San Pablo Dam Road just north of Orinda Village (take the Orinda exit off Highway 24 east of the Caldecott Tunnel). From there you can access hiking and views from Inspiration Point, visit the Botanic Garden and Brazil Building, or enjoy golfing and the park's other attractions.

Public Transportation

On weekends and holidays, take AC Transit #67 from the Berkeley BART station into the park at Canon Drive, along Central Park Drive and Wildcat Canyon Road, and exit the park at Shasta Road. The route provides access to the Environmental Education Center and the Little Farm in Tilden Nature Area, the Merry-Go-Round, Lake Anza (a short walk), the Brazil Building, the Botanic Garden, and several trailheads. Buses run every 45 minutes. On weekdays #67 operates only to the Canon Drive and Shasta Road entrances.

Please call 511 (TDD (hearing impaired line)/TTY: 1-800-448-9790; website: Transit.511.org to confirm transit information.

Transit & Trails: Tilden Regional Park (transit, biking, and walking directions)

Google Maps / GPS Coordinates

  • Map to the Wildcat Canyon Road & Canon Drive entrance to the park's north end, including access to the Environmental Education Center, the Tilden Nature Area, group and equestrian camping, various reservable picnic areas, and the Merry-Go-Round.
  • Map to the central portion of Tilden, at Central Park Drive , with access to Lake Anza, the Merry-Go-Round, and various reservable picnic areas.
  • Map to the central portion of Tilden, at Shasta Road, with access to the Brazil Building, the Botanic Garden, the Tilden Golf Course, the "Native Here" plant nursery, various reservable picnic areas, and Inspiration Point. Turn right on South Park Drive to reach more reservable picnic areas and the Gillespie Youth Camp, then left on Grizzly Peak Blvd. to reach the Steam Trains.
  • Map to the south end of Tilden, with access to the Steam Trains and Vollmer Peak via the entrance off Lomas Cantadas, and access to various reservable picnic areas, the Botanic Garden, and the Brazil Building via the South Park Drive entrance.
  • Click HERE for a listing of direct GPS Coordinates to all primary locations.

Trail Map

Maps are available at most of the bulletin boards at trailheads in the park, or you can print your own.

Click the map image below to see an enlarged version.

Tilden Little Farm - Brochure


Click on the image above to download the print version of the Tilden Little Farm - Brochure  620 KB, Acrobat Adobe Acrobat PDF

Events:

Saturday, May 26, 2018

10:30 AM  -  11:00 AM
Farm Chores For Littles

Sunday, May 27, 2018

11:00 AM  -  11:30 AM
Talk With The Animals

Saturday, June 2, 2018

10:30 AM  -  11:00 AM
Farm Chores For Littles

Sunday, June 3, 2018

11:00 AM  -  11:30 AM
Talk With The Animals

7:00 PM  -  9:00 PM
Twilight Walks

Saturday, June 9, 2018

10:30 AM  -  11:00 AM
Farm Chores For Littles

Sunday, June 10, 2018

7:00 AM  -  1:00 PM
Fly-Fishing Introduction

11:00 AM  -  11:30 AM
Talk With The Animals

2:00 PM  -  3:30 PM
Insect Expeditions-Tilden, Lone Oak

Saturday, June 16, 2018

10:30 AM  -  11:00 AM
Farm Chores For Littles

Sunday, June 17, 2018

11:00 AM  -  11:30 AM
Talk With The Animals

2:00 PM  -  3:30 PM
Insect Expeditions-Tilden Nature Area

Saturday, June 23, 2018

10:30 AM  -  11:00 AM
Farm Chores For Littles

Sunday, June 24, 2018

11:00 AM  -  11:30 AM
Talk With The Animals

2:00 PM  -  3:30 PM
Insect Expeditions-Vollmer Peak Trail

7:00 PM  -  9:00 PM
Twilight Walks

Saturday, June 30, 2018

10:30 AM  -  11:00 AM
Farm Chores For Littles

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