Roberts Regional Recreation Area

Hikers experience the redwood forest in Roberts Regional Recreation Area.

Redwoods in the City: Explore The Many Ways to Play in an Oakland Forest Oasis

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In the hills of Oakland, California, a lush forest of young redwoods rises among the footprints of ancient giants that were logged in the mid-1800s to build area cities. The 82- acre Roberts Regional Recreation Area offers easy access to the 150-foot-tall redwoods just steps from the parking lot.

The Old-Growth Redwood Heritage Viewing Deck and Interpretive Exhibit includes a viewing platform that allows visitors to view the footprint of a redwood that was 18 feet wide. Photo by Fig & Olive Photography

New Oakland Exhibit Reveals History of Area’s Once-Ancient Forest

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Did you know the ancient coast redwoods that once stood in the San Francisco Bay Areaโ€™s East Bay were thought to have been some of the largest? Now you can learn about this history and see the footprint of a giant redwood that once stood in Roberts Regional Recreation Area. The League and East Bay Regional Park District recently unveiled a permanent exhibit.