Tilden Regional Park
Stuart K.The Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Oct. 28, 2021

Craggy Meadow Urban Hideout

Let's just call a spade a spade here, alright? This campground isn't going to be one that you look back at and fondly recollect a surreal experience in the middle of nature with all of the rustic touches one might come to expect when camping in NorCal. And while the Redwoods and Sequoias will steal the attention of most, this trek just past the border of Berkeley's town limits will impress with its towering Eucalyptus with a splendid arbor scent that is unmatched in any forest. 

What this campground lacks in ambiance, grooming and amenities, this location makes up for by putting you smack dab in the middle of some very phenomenal hiking in all of the Eastbay. Whether heading towards Lake Anza for a cool dip (beware the snapping turtles!), taking the kids to Tilden's Little Farm (bring your own carrots, kale and lettuce), an arduous bike up and down the Berkeley Hills or going for a stroll nearby Lake Jewel, you would be hard-pressed to find a better regional park near Oakland and the surrounding areas with such sweeping views and well preserved hiking trails with varying degrees of difficulty. 

Oh, and if you get tired of campfire food, there's always nearby Zachary's Chicago Deep Dish Pizza (this Chicagoan approves!) in Berkeley along with a frosty cold Anchor Steam! 

Happy Camping!

  • Scenes like this with a passing dear are not all that rare
  • Even the little ones enjoy the hiking here!
  • Nature center nearby
  • Excellent sidewalks bring you right up to great trailheads
  • My hiking and camping crew!
  • New Woodland campground
  • Fairly excellent bathroom facilities
  • Another view
  • This place could be better taken care of (just cut the grass, Rangers!), and the grill is in excellent working condition, but the picnic tables could use some refinishing
  • You'll be surrounded by tons of Eucalyptus tress