Tilden Regional Park from Inspiration Point

Tilden Regional Park

Hours
Open between 5am and 10pm unless otherwise posted or permitted
Swim Hours: Swim area is CLOSED. No Swimming Allowed.
Fees
Parking: No fee | Dogs: No fee
Address
Entrances off Wildcat Canyon Road and Grizzly Peak Boulevard in Berkeley, CA
Phone
Toll Free: 888-EBPARKS (888) 327-2757, option 3, ext. 4562

Park Activities

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biking
Biking
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camping
Camping
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Dogs Allowed
Dogs
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fishing
Fishing
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golf
Golfing
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Hiking
Hiking
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equestrian
Horseback Riding
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Kid friendly
Kid-Friendly
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Picnicing
Picnicking
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swimming
Swimming

Water Quality Notice - Lake Anza at Tilden

Cyanobacteria (blue-green algae) is present in lake, but no toxins have been detected recently. There are no advisories posted at the lake. As a precaution, keep dogs away from water. See the Cyanobacteria (Blue-Green Algae) Information page for additional details.

The Swim Facility/Area is CLOSED until further notice. No Swimming.

What is covering Lake Anza? Click here to learn more about Azolla.

Swim Beach Conditions [PDF] | Monitoring Program |

Area Closure Notice - Tilden Environmental Education Center - Posted on 5/3/2022

  • The Tilden Environmental Education Center will be closed weekdays between May 4 and May 25 for maintenance. It will remain open on Saturdays and Sundays for regular hours.

Trail Closure Notice - Tilden

  • Tower Trailhead on Grizzly Peak Boulevard is CLOSED, due to high wildfire danger. During this closure, vehicles are not permitted to park in the roadside turnout at this trailhead.

  • Grizzly Peak Trail is CLOSED to equestrian traffic due to storm damage.

  • Selby Trail is CLOSED at the connector trail to the Merry-Go-Round.

Notice

Lake Anza Lawn Area: CLOSED, until further notice, for a construction project. Please use alternative lawn areas at Meadows on Lone Oak Rd. Restrooms at lake facility closed with portable restrooms available in the parking lot during the project. The Lake Anza Trail and picnic sites are open for use. 

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Azolla plant covering Lake Anza

What is covering Lake Anza?

Azolla, a small aquatic fern, is currently covering most of Lake Anza’s surface. It is not hazardous to human or wildlife health.

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.

    To Reach The Park

    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.

    Attractions

    Click HERE for a list of current Tilden Attractions phone numbers, hours, and fee information, or visit the attractions webpages linked below.

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

     

    Plant Sale Information

    Online plant sales and more information

    Steam Train OPEN

    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, visit Redwood Valley Railroad 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 

    Reservations are encouraged at TildenMerryGoRound.org

    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 OPEN

    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 sites are wheelchair accessible. For more information about the Tilden Nature Area, visit the Tilden Nature Area page.

    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 (30) 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.

    Lake Anza Swim Beach

    Swim Beach CLOSED. No Swimming.

    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. Dogs are NOT allowed in the swim facility.

    Swim Facilities Capacity Notice
    Once the swim facility capacity is reached, there will be no new entries allowed for the remainder of the day (or at the discretion of the Park Supervisor), for the safety of the public. Please take this into consideration when planning your visit.

    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.

    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.

    For more information or for lost & found, please call the Tilden Park office at 510-544-2747 or toll-free 888-EBPARKS (1-888-327-2757), option 3, extension 4562.