16 Amazing Redwood Escapes near San Francisco

If you’re like so many San Francisco Bay Area residents, nearby Muir Woods National Monument is your go-to place for a redwood-forest experience. But did you know about these 16 redwood parks within a one-hour drive of San Francisco? Each has its magical highlights, from breathtaking Dawn Falls in Baltimore Canyon Open Space Preserve to the strange and rare sandstone formations of El Corte de Madera Creek Open Space Preserve. You may even have these havens to yourself because they attract a fraction of Muir Woods’ crowds. Check them out today!

North Bay

Roy’s Redwoods Open Space Preserve
Roy’s Redwoods Open Space Preserve
Baltimore Canyon Open Space Preserve
Captivating Dawn Falls.

Blithedale Summit Open Space Preserve
Deep, quiet redwood forest.

French Ranch Open Space Preserve
Serpentine soils with rare plants.

Indian Tree Open Space Preserve
Massive redwoods and ridgetop views.

Mount Tamalpais State Park
Rugged Steep Ravine Trail along redwood-lined Webb Creek.

Roy’s Redwoods Open Space Preserve
Ancient redwoods as wide as the average car is long! Pictured here.

Samuel P. Taylor State Park
Old redwoods along the Pioneer Tree Trail.

East Bay

Joaquin Miller Park
Lush forest only 9 miles from downtown Oakland.

Redwood Regional Park/Roberts Regional Recreation Area
Largest remaining stand of coast redwoods in the East Bay.


You don't have to go far for great hikes and beautiful redwoods, like these in Purisima Creek Redwoods OSP. Photo by Julie Martin.
You don’t have to go far for great hikes and beautiful redwoods, like these in Purisima Creek Redwoods OSP. Photo by Julie Martin.
El Corte de Madera Creek Open Space Preserve
Rare sandstone formations.

Huddart Park
Forested slopes and steep, cool canyons.

Phleger Estate
Tumbling creeks and remnants of steam mills.

Purisima Creek Redwoods Open Space Preserve
Sweeping views of Half Moon Bay and the Pacific.

Teague Hill Preserve
Along the Bay Area Ridge Trail.

Windy Hill Preserve
Open grassland ridges and forests of redwood, fir and oak.

Which forests will you visit? Be sure to check out our free Family Guide to the Coast Redwoods, Family Guide to the Giant Sequoias, Redwood Highway Guide and Redwood Parks brochure to help you plan your next trip!

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