Guide to Briones Regional Park

06/11/21

Briones Regional Park is a peaceful, grassy oasis surrounded by bustling activity, with the towns of central Contra Costa County on all sides.

The park’s 6,255 acres of rolling hills and secluded canyons are home to a variety of animals, birds, trees, and plants.

Park Overview

In general, the east side of the park is more wooded, while the west side is more open and has steeper gradients. Briones Park is a wonderful setting for outdoor activities and is very family-friendly. Your dog is also welcome, provided it is on a leash.

Park Activities

Briones park provides a wonderful respite from the hustle and bustle of city life and plenty of opportunities for outdoor recreation and adventure. Visitors are free to hike, run, and horseback ride on the park’s winding network of trails, shoot some arrows at the archery range, and get up close and personal with wildlife and nature. Guests can use the picnic and BBQ areas and camping is also allowed in the park.

Hit the Trails

Visitors can hike, run, and horseback ride on the park’s dozens of trails, which are mostly old fire roads ranging from around 1 to 13 miles in length, with moderately steep climbs. Elevations range from 400 feet all the way up to 1400 feet along the Lafayette Ridge. For a complete trail map, click here.

Briones Archery Range

The archery club of Briones Park was founded in the early 1960s and has been going strong ever since. The archery range is accessible from the Crescent Ridge Trail, which you can reach from the park’s west-side Bear Creek Road entrance. The range is open from 8 am to sunset. For more information, please email info@brionesarchery.org.

The park provides an ideal setting for nature immersion and study.

Briones Park Wildlife & Nature

The park is also an ideal setting for nature immersion and study. In the grassy meadows or among the park’s oaks and bay trees, you may spot black-tailed deer, coyotes, squirrels, red-tailed hawks, and turkey vultures. Cougars also live in the park but you most likely won’t see them, as they are very elusive. The spring wildflower blooms in the park can be quite lovely. Popular naturalistic activities in the park include:

Note also that cattle graze in certain areas of the park. Please take care not to disturb them

Picnicking

The park has several picnic areas available on a first-come first-served basis:

  • Bear Creek Staging Area has a first-come, first-served picnic site with tables and BBQs plus two larger, reservable group picnic areas: Oak Grove, which can accommodate 50 people and Newt Hollow, which can accommodate 150 people
  • Alhambra Creek Staging Area also has a first-come, first-served picnic site with tables and BBQs plus Crow, a 50-person fully accessible reservable site

Camping Areas

The park has three group camping areas:

  1. Wee-Ta-Chi
  2. Maud Whalen
  3. Homestead Valley.

Reservations must be made at least 5 days in advance by calling the park at 1-888-EBPARKS.

Park Location

To reach the Bear Creek Staging Area: Exit Hwy 24 at the Orinda/Camino Pablo exit and head toward Richmond, turn right on Bear Creek Road and go 5 miles to the staging area. For public transit information please click here.