Group Camping in the East Bay at Tilden Regional Park With Families (California)

New Woodland, Tilden Park- Group Camping with families.

New Woodland, Tilden Park- Group Camping with families.

Our summer travel season has come to a close with this one last camping trip.  The New Woodland campsite is conveniently located only 15 minutes from our home in Berkeley, CA inside Tilden Regional Park.  It’s a nice sized group campsite tucked up behind Little Farm.  The campsite can accommodate from 11-50 people.  We had 5 families join us this Saturday.

Details:

This is no fancy campsite.  It’s got what you need, though. Two chemical toilets, a water spigot and lots of fire rings.  But, bring your own commercially bought wood (to prevent the spread of tree disease).  No RVs.

To reserve this site, you need to call the East Bay Regional Parks to claim your date. It was very inexpensive when the cost was split amongst the campers. It came out to only $10 per family!  That’s a deal.

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We arrived at the gate at the end of Lone Oak Dr. just about 2pm on Saturday and loaded up the two Volkswagen vans to bring up all of the campers’ goods to the site. Only 2 cars are allowed at the campsite and 10 parking passes are given to the cars parked at the gate. Some folks walked up with wagon loads of camp gear (or kids) a quick 8 minute walk from the gate.

Activities:

The campers all chose their perfect tent sites, and went about setting up camp. The kids happily played in wagons, explored the land and chased the many turkeys around.

Wagon fun.

Wagon fun.

Many many turkeys.  They were  actually really pretty and friendly.

Many many turkeys.  They were  actually really pretty and friendly.

After we were settled we headed down to the back entrance of Little Farm with our bundles of celery and lettuce in hand. The kiddos had fun feeding the animals and touring the Children’s Garden.

 

Walking directly down the path that leads to Little Farm. 

Walking directly down the path that leads to Little Farm. 

Hiking towards the cows.

Hiking towards the cows.

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Beautiful Children's Garden.

Beautiful Children's Garden.

While we were down at Little Farm I had the kids and parents collect nice sized rocks. The kids crafted rock friends while the parents were getting dinner together.  Googly eyes, string and little strips of fabric were used to bring these little friends to life. 

Rock pal building.

Rock pal building.

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Food:

Campfire burritos, fish, chicken and peppers. 

Campfire burritos, fish, chicken and peppers. 

Dinner varied for folks.  We took the very easy route and bought burritos from Los Cantaros earlier in the day, kept them cool and then warmed them on the grill. Dinner done, NO MESS.  Others stopped at Chipotle, grilled hot dogs, chicken on a stick or even made jambalaya.  We decided to keep this mostly simple, since it was only one night and we were minutes away from civilization, though you’d never know it with absolutely NO cell service.

After dinner we ate s’mores by the fire and then tucked the little ones into their tents while the adults enjoyed peaceful and colorful conversation.

Campfire fun with stories and s'mores.

Campfire fun with stories and s'mores.

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The night was strange there. You could hear the whirring sound of BART when it was quiet along with the roaring sounds of motorcycles in the distance. The coolest part was when a lone coyote howled, it signaled to what seemed like hundreds of coyotes all throughout Tilden and there was a howling coyote party all across the park.  That was pretty neat!

Here’s to a fabulous summer and a great start to the school year!

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becky

I'm a part-time work from home, full time stay at home mom to two daughters and an Australian Labradoodle puppy. We are enjoying our last year before big girl school, playing with friends, swapping childcare to get the job done and getting crafty when we can fit it in. We live together in a wonderful community that we are truly thankful for and proud to be a part of. It takes a village and this is ours.