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Tilden Nature Area, Oakland

#7 of 19 in Parks in Oakland
Wildlife Area · Hidden Gem · Educational Site
Tilden Nature Area is a 740-acre preserve located just North of Tilden Regional Park. With over 10 miles of hiking trails, the preserve contains a blend of native and introduced plant communities, including oak/bay woodlands, grasslands, eucalyptus forests, and streams. Hikes range from the leisurely, self-guided Jewel Lake Nature Trail to a vigorous climb up Wildcat Peak (elevation 1,211') for panoramic, San Francisco Bay views. A 750-foot boardwalk through the woods leads to Jewel Lake, a historic reservoir and waterworks, and a peaceful place to watch wildlife.

At Tilden Nature Area one can also find the renowned Environmental Education Center (EEC), headquarters for the area's interpretive programs, and the historic Little Farm.
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  • In the Oakland hills, this park has something for everyone! A train ride and carousel for kids and adults, a Botanic Garden, a golf course, hiking trails. And spectacular views of the SF Bay  more »
  • Huge green area, one of the lungs of the Bay Area. Good place to enjoy the outdoors, hiking or biking, just a big area.  more »
  • This park is amazing. Not only beautiful, but a fun place to visit with the whole family. We have enjoyed several Saturdays in Tilden park and we're eager to go back. A few highlights include: The merry-go-round Petting zoo and visitors center The steam trains If you're a local, don't miss out on visiting this park!
  • This park is beautiful! A nice place for short or longer hikes. The naturalists on staff were great with my kids. It was both educational and fun.

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