Tilden Regional Park

Tilden Regional Park CLOSED: Sun. Oct. 25 thru Wed. Oct. 28, Due to Extreme Weather & Fire Dangers. More Information.

Tilden Regional Park is OPEN
Regional Parks Botanic Garden is OPEN. Free Entry by Reservation.
Tilden Park Golf Course is OPEN. More info.

Trail Closure Notice
The Tower Trailhead on Grizzly Peak Boulevard is CLOSED until further notice, due to high wildfire danger. During this closure, vehicles are not permitted to park in the roadside turnout at this trailhead.

COVID-19 Related Closures
Facilities and Attractions below are CLOSED until further notice.

• All Picnic Areas Along Lake Anza and Brook Roads CLOSED
• Fern Picnic Area Parking CLOSED
• Indian Camp Parking Lot, Playground, and Picnic Area CLOSED
• Lake Anza Road and Parking Lot CLOSED
Lake Anza Swim Area CLOSED No Swimming
• Lakeview Parking Lot CLOSED
• Merry-Go-Round CLOSED
• Mineral Springs Parking Lot CLOSED
Native Here Nursery  CLOSEDOPEN to online sales with curbside pickup by appointment only.
• South Park Drive CLOSED (NO vehicular traffic: Walk-In and Bike-In Access Only)
• Steam Trains/Golden Gate Live Steamers CLOSED
Visit ebparks.org/coronavirus for latest list of COVID-19 related closures.

Lake Anza CLOSED to Swimming
Due to the "Shelter in Place" order, Lake Anza is closed to swimming. Cyanobacteria (Blue Green Algae) is present, but toxins haven't been documented since February. Dogs should be kept away from water.

Construction Notices
• Until further notice, there will be construction activity near the Lake Anza Overflow Parking Lot and Spillway Picnic Area, with temporary detours and potential trail and site closures on the paved section of Wildcat Gorge Trail next to Lake Anza. Please be aware of construction vehicles, fencing, and posted safety signs.

South Park Drive Closed for Annual Newt Migration
• Until further notice, South Park Drive will be CLOSED to all motor vehicle traffic to protect newts.

Ongoing Trail Closure Notices
• Until further notice, Grizzly Peak Trail is CLOSED to equestrian traffic due to storm damage.
• Until further notice, the Selby Trail is CLOSED at the connector trail to the Merry-Go-Round.

Water Quality Notice
Water Conditions [PDF] | Monitoring Program | Cyanobacteria (Blue-Green Algae) Updates

Park Info

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

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, ext. 4562

Swim Hours & Fees
NOTICE: Swim area is CLOSED. No Swimming Allowed.

If parking and or swim capacity is reached, entrance gates may close for the day.
Swim Facilities Schedule

>  Trail Map
>  Park 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

Tilden Regional Park

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]

Park Calendars

Attractions: Hours & Fees

Days Open / Hours


(510) 544-3169
• NativePlants.org
• Plant Sale Info.
• Online Plant Sales

OPEN by Reservation ONLY

Saturday, Sunday, Tuesday, and Thursday from 8:30am to 4:30pm. The latest reservation for entry into the Botanic Garden will be 3:30pm. Please visit Botanic Garden for details.

Open daily
 8:30 am – 5:00 pm

Docent Lead Tours:
Saturday & Major Holidays: 2 pm
Sundays: 11 am & 2 pm

Plant Sales: When volunteers are present, California native plants are sold Thursdays 9 am - 12 pm at the potting shed (enter Garden via West Gate) and the first Saturday of each month.


   Thanksgiving, Christmas & New Years Day

Note:  West Gate closes at 4:30pm

No charge

(510) 544-3164

Brazilian Room

CLOSED until further notice 
Open: Year-Round
  Call for information
Open House:
1st & 3rd Tue of the month

    1pm - 8pm
Call for fees

(510) 544-2233

CLOSED until further notice 
Open: Year-Round

Open: Tue.-Sun.
   10am - 4:30pm


Memorial Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas & New Years Day

No charge

(510) 544-2233

CLOSED until further notice 
Open: Daily

   8:30am - 4pm

No charge


(510) 559-1004

Tilden Park Merry Go Round

CLOSED until further notice 
Open Friday-Sunday:
   11 am – 5 pm
Spring Break Services (3/30 – 4/12)
  11 am – 5 pm
Cesar Chavez
 (3/31) & Memorial Day (5/25)
  Christmas Eve and Christmas Day

*All Dates & Hours Weather Permitting

• $4.00 per ride

• $22.00 for 7 rides

(510) 548-6100

Golden Gate Live Steamers

CLOSED until further notice 
Open Saturday-Sunday

   11 am – 5 pm
    (or dusk, whichever comes first)
Spring Break Services (4/6 – 4/10)
  Open Mon-Fri, 11 - 5 pm
    Open Sat & Sun, 11 – 6 pm

 Cesar Chavez (3/31)

 Memorial Day weekend (5/23 - 5/25)


Christmas Eve and Christmas Day 

*All Dates & Hours Weather Permitting

• Free under 2 yr.
• $3.00 per ride

• $12.00 for 5 rides

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

CLOSED until further notice 
No lifeguards on duty. 

Lifeguards Services Begin:
Weekends & Holidays

   Apr 25 – Sep 13
Mon - Fri
    May 25 - Sep 11
Lifeguard Hours
   11am - 6pm

• Dogs are NOT allowed in the swim facility.
• Hiking trails remain open year-round.

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.

Free under 1 yr.
$2.50 age 1–15
$3.50 age 16–61
$2.50 age 62+ &

people with disabilities

(510) 848-7373

Tilden Park Golf Course

Call for fees / hours
(510) 848-7373
Call for fees
(510) 549-0211

Native Here Nursery CLOSED 
> OPEN to online sales with curbside pickup by appointment only.

    Tue: 12pm–3pm       
    Fri:   9am - 12pm
    Sat:  10am - 2pm

*All Dates & Hours Weather Permitting

Prices vary,
no entry fee

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

Plant Sale Information

Park Features

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

Steam Train CLOSED until further notice

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 Open By Reservation Only

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 CLOSED until further notice

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 CLOSED until further notice

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 CLOSED until further notice

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.

Park Activities

NOTICE: During COVID-19 pandemic, ALL park activities are not permitted, except for hiking and biking. 

Picnicking CLOSED until further notice

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 CLOSED until further notice

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.

Swimming - Lake Anza - Swim Beach CLOSED. No Swimming.Swimming - Lake 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. 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 CLOSED until further notice

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 CLOSED until further notice

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 CLOSED until further notice

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.


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.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.


Abraham goes to the Little Farm at Tilden Regional Park

Flicker Photos

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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 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.

Trail Map

Tilden Little Farm - Brochure

Tilden Little Farm - Brochure
Click on the image above to download the print version of the Tilden Little Farm - Brochure  [PDF]


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