The park was renamed in 2019 in honor of the president of Mills College, Dr. Aurelia Henry Reinhardt. In 1934, Dr. Reinhardt was one of five influential civic leaders elected to the first board of directors of the Park District.
The park's 1833 acres also contain other evergreens, chaparral, and grasslands, in addition to a large forest of coastal redwoods. Rare animals such as the golden eagle and Alameda striped racer are included among the wildlife within the park. They also see deer, raccoons, rabbits, and squirrels.
The naming of the species of rainbow trout was based on fish taken from the drainage of San Leandro Creek, which includes Redwood Creek. Today, the trout seen in the creek are descendants of that shear strain. Historical Landmark #970 is situated a short distance inside the park's Redwood Gate park entrance off Redwood Road at the fishway interpretive site. The fish-way in this region was established at the creek to help the trout access their upstream spawning grounds. Please notice that in the park, fishing is not permitted.
For groups ranging in size from 50 to 150, Reinhardt Redwood Regional Park offers four bookable picnic sites. Some are in secluded glades and others are in clear, grassy areas; 1-888-EBPARKS or 1-888-327-2757 mobile, click choice 2. Persons with disabilities can use the picnic sites. Around one-quarter mile down Stream Trail from the Canyon Meadow staging point, there is a children's play structure.
Inside the park are multiple community overnight camping areas. They are only available by reservation; phone 1-888-EBPARKS or 1-888-327-2757 for details, press option 2. On the park's nearly 40 miles of trails, hiking, jogging, and horseback riding are popular. The National Trail and Bay Area Ridge Trail of the East Bay Skyline traverse Redwood for most of its 31-mile course. In the park, fishing is not permitted.
The Reinhardt Redwood Regional Park has many entrances. On Redwood Road in Oakland, the main entrance, Redwood Gate, is about two miles east of Skyline Blvd. On Highway 13 in Oakland, take the Redwood Road exit and go east (uphill). You cross Skyline Boulevard at the top of the hill, passing the Skyline Ranch Equestrian Center on the right. You'll pass the Piedmont Stables on the left, farther down. On the right, about one and a half miles from Skyline Boulevard, the Big Bear Staging Area will be preceded by the MacDonald Staging Area on the right and Redwood Gate on the east (seasonal parking fee). After a few moments, if you continue for another quarter mile and turn left at Pinehurst Lane, you can enter
Pinehurst Gate Staging Area.
By turning left onto Skyline Boulevard at its junction with Redwood as you come uphill from Highway 13, other staging areas can be reached. First, on the right, you can enter the 11500 Skyline Boulevard staging area (the former administrative headquarters). Turn right immediately after that to continue on Skyline Boulevard (otherwise, the roadway becomes Joaquin Miller Road and you will proceed downhill). You can enter Roberts Regional Recreation Area a few miles farther along the Skyline with a swimming pool, hiking, picnicking, etc. You can enter Robert's Redwood Bowl, the Moon Gate Staging Area, and the wider Skyline Gate Staging Area further up the Skyline. You will be brought to Huckleberry Botanic and Sibley Volcanic Regional Preserves by Skyline.
From Fruitvale BART, take AC Transit #39 on weekdays to Joaquin Miller Road and Skyline Blvd. On weekdays, take AC Transit#339 from Fruitvale BART to Chabot Space and Science Center on Skyline Blvd. Take AC Transit #54 from Fruitvale BART to the intersection of Redwood Road and Campus Drive on weekdays and weekends. Walk about 0.7 miles uphill to meet the Dunn Trail near the intersection of Skyline Blvd. and Redwood Road. To confirm transit information, call 511 (TDD (hearing impaired line)/TTY: 1-800-448-9790) or visit www.transit.511.org.
This family-friendly park is just one of the many must-see parks you don’t want to miss in Oakland, California:
Temescal Regional Recreation Area
Joaquin Miller Park
Roberts Regional Recreation Area
Martin Luther King Jr. Regional Shoreline
All of these wonderful parks are located just a short distance from our location located at 555 12th Street, on the 5th Floor in Oakland! Stop by for a visit anytime!