Camping and a wealth of other outdoor activities are available only 20 minutes from downtown Oakland at the 5,067-acre Anthony Chabot Park, part of the East Bay Regional Park District. It's a beautiful year-round public campground with miles of hiking and riding trails.
There are several access points to Anthony Chabot Regional Park, located on Redwood Road in Oakland. From I-580 westbound in Castro Valley, take the Castro Valley exit and turn left at Castro Valley Boulevard. At Redwood Road, turn right. (From I-580 eastbound, take the Redwood Road exit and turn left at Redwood.) After about two miles on Redwood, you will first come to Willow Park Golf Course, then Lake Chabot's Proctor Staging Area, both on the left. Another few miles will bring you to Marciel Gate at Marciel Road. Marciel Road leads to the group camping area and the Anthony Chabot Family Campground.