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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
If you like this post, here are some of our other camping adventures in Northern California:
- Leggett, California: Camping with Families Big Bend Lodge, CA
- Forestville, California: Camping With Kids Down By the River: Lessons Learned
- Costanoa, California: Camping with Kids?!
- Lake Chabot, California: Camping at Lake Chabot at 26 weeks pregnant
- Mt. Diablo, California: Happy Little Camper?