A stone's throw from downtown Oakland, you can immerse yourself in a regal second-growth forest of coast redwood--the world's tallest tree and one of California's natural icons--at Redwood Regional Park. The original redwoods here were logged in the 19th century for Bay Area construction, but you'd barely know it: The regrown groves are wonderfully lofty. With chaparral, grasslands, and other habitats rounding things out, the park's a great place to admire native plants and critters, including black-tailed deer and golden eagles.
Besides picnicking and camping, the park's ideal for hikers or equestrians. Among the extensive pathways are portions of the East Bay Skyline National Trail and Bay Area Ridge Trail. All in all, it's one amazing escape from Oakland's hubbub.
One of the best ways to explore the Briones Regional Park is with a hike or run on the Briones... Read more