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Park Info

Address
Entrances off Wildcat Canyon Road and Grizzly Peak Boulevard in Berkeley, CA
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GPS Coordinates
Click HERE for a listing of direct GPS Coordinates to all primary park locations

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

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Maps
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Transit & Trails

Park Hours
Open between
5 a.m. and 10 p.m. unless otherwise posted or permitted

Park Activities
Click HERE for upcoming events

Park Events
Click HERE for upcoming events

Parking Fee
No fee

Dog Fee
No fee

Wildflower Photo Guide
Tilden Acrobat PDF Icon - Pagelet
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Grazing Information
Grazing in the Parks


Beach Access
Fee See the Swim Facilities page or call 510-544-2747 or toll-free 888-EBPARKS (888-327-2757), option 3, extension 4563

Camping Reservations
1-888-EBPARKS or 1-888-327-2757, press option 2

Picnic Reservations
1-888-EBPARKS or 1-888-327-2757, press option 2

Emergency Number
911

EBRPD Headquarters
1-888-EBPARKS or 1-888-327-2757

Tilden Regional Park


Notices

A fuel reduction project will begin the week of February 3 to improve public safety along Wildcat Canyon Road in Tilden Regional Park. The project will reduce hazardous wildland fuels and remove high risk trees. Please expect delays from Feb. 5 until further notice. For more information, see Tree Work Will Improve Safety.

Sewer line infrastructure improvements has closed portions of Tilden Regional Park and Tilden Nature Area. More info...

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.

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Tilden Attractions: Hours and Fees

Attraction   
Days Open / Hours
Fees

BOTANIC GARDEN

(510) 544-3169

OPEN DAILY
October - May
  8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

June - September
  8:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.  

Note: West Gate closes at 4:30 p.m.

If volunteers are here, native plant sale Thursdays 9 – 11 a.m. at potting shed, inside West Gate entrance, end of April through December.

No charge

BRAZIL BUILDING
(Brazilian Room)

(510) 544-3164

OPEN YEAR-ROUND:
Call for information

Open House(s) Tuesdays:
  1:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Except 4th Tuesday of the month
Call for fees

ENVIRONMENTAL
EDUCATION
CENTER
 (EEC)

(510) 544-2233

OPEN During Construction
(More info...)

Sat. - Sun.:
  10:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Closed Thanksgiving & day after,  Christmas Eve,  Christmas, New Year’s Eve,  &  New Year’s Day

Tilden Nature Area will be undergoing major construction October 2013 through Spring 2014. The EEC is expected to remain open to walk-in visitors Saturdays and Sundays. The Indian Camp parking lot will be closed to vehicles; pedestrians may walk through.

No charge

LITTLE FARM

(510) 544-2233

CLOSED During Construction            

The Little Farm and Indian Camp parking lot will be closed for construction from October 2013 through Spring 2014.

No charge

MERRY-GO-ROUND 

           

Temporarily Closed

The Merry-Go-Round is closed for transition to new management, and will re-open soon.
           

Please check back for operating hours and dates.

$2.00
per ride

$10.00
for 7 rides

STEAM TRAIN 

(510) 548-6100

WEATHER PERMITTING:


Open weekends:

11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. (or dusk, whichever comes first)

 

Open weekdays:
March 31st – April 4
11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

$3.00

per ride


$12.00 for 5 rides

 

Free
Under 2 years

LAKE ANZA 

1 (888) 327-2757
option 3, ext. 4563

Open Weekends:

April 26th  – May 25th
11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Also open Memorial Day
Monday, May 26th 
11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Open daily: 
May 31st  – Sept. 14th  
11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Hiking trails remain open year-round.

Swim Facilities Information Link

Free Under 1 year

$2.50
Age 1-15

$3.50
Age 16-61

$2.50
Age 62 &
older, and disabled

GOLF COURSE 

(510) 848-7373
OPEN DAILY:
Call for hours
Call for fees
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.

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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 or go to www.redwoodvalleyrailway.com.  

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 (http://www.nativeplants.org/) for more information on the Regional Parks Botanic Garden.

The Brazil Building

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 www.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.

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Park Activities

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

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 (200). 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 (200) 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 Brazil Building information or reservations, call 1-888-EBPARKS (1-888-327-2757), press option 2; or visit their website at www.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.

SwimmingLake Anza

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

Audubon-Internationsl-Cert 80x80

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 www.tildenparkgc.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.

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Abraham goes to the Little Farm at Tilden Regional Park

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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 30 minutes. On weekdays #67 operates only to the Canon Drive and Shasta Road entrances.

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

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

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Yahoo Map / GPS Coordinates and Google Maps

  • Map (opens a new browser window) to the 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 (opens a new browser window) 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 (opens a new browser window) 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 and Google Map links to all primary locations.

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Trail Map

Trail maps are available at most of the bulletin boards at trailheads in the park, or you can print your own (see the Park Info tab above on the right).

Click the map image below to see an enlarged version.

Tilden Map
Directions for navigating the enlarged map:

When the enlarged version of the map opens click on the 'Full Expand' icon in the lower right hand corner of the map to see the 'Actual Size' map.

'Full Expand' icon > Full Expand

When the 'Actual Size' map is viewable, you can 'Click-Hold and Drag' the mouse button (left on a PC) to reposition the map, as desired.

'Single-Click' on the 'Enlarged' or 'Actual Size' map to return to the park page.

GPS Data

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

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Tilden Little Farm - Interpretive Panel

Tilden Little Farm - Interpretive Panel
Click on the image above to download the print version of the Tilden Little Farm - Interpretive Panel (620 KB, Acrobat PDF)