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Samuel P Taylor State Park, CA

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Samuel P Taylor SP is located near the town of Olema, north of San Francisco just off Hwy 1. Located in a redwood grove, it is pretty dark, and sites are rather small. In fact, parts of the CG are restricted to vehicles less than 18'.

415-488-9897

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We arrived on a Sunday afternoon and had no problem finding a site. Site 49 struck our fancy - fairly large, level, and private.

Date of visit: Apr 2008

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Many of the sites are intended for tenters, and thus have just a pull-off to the side of the road for parking. This is site 53.

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Sites 7-20 are located along Mill Creek and limited to smaller vehicles, less than 18'. This is site 16.

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If you have a bigger rig, there are 6 "parking" spots for you.

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Site 23. After camping in the CA desert and along the shoreline, the darkness of the redwood forest really shocked us.

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One of three bathhouses in the campground. This was the oldest, and wasn't in the best of shape. But the pay showers ($.50 for 5 mins) did provide nice hot water almost instantly.

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There's a nice 1-mile trail from the CG to the site of the first paper mill on the west coast, built in 1856 by Samuel P Taylor.

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The redwoods trees are certainly spectacular with their height and girth.

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Mill Creek, near the ruins of the paper mill.

Amenities

Dump station, fee showers

No Verizon service

Rates: $20 ($2 senior discount)

No hookups

Activities

Hiking

Biking

Salmon watching

Coord: 38.021647 N, 122.735967 W