Memorial Park Camping in San Mateo County

When is the last time you went camping?  Well, San Mateo County’s very own Memorial Park is a great place!  Growing up in the Bay Area, Memorial Park was always a fun park for picnics, camping and hiking!  What’s nice is it less than a half an hour drive from downtown San Mateo!

Memorial Park is open year-round for camping, picnicking and youth group activities.

There’s a humbling feeling when you’re in the presence of redwoods. A gentle peace envelopes you like a fog that drifts in. This peace is found every day at Memorial Park. Its 499 acres provides an opportunity to view outstanding old-growth redwoods and has picnic facilities, a visitor center, a camp store, a creek swimming area, and campfire programs. The park is known for its family camping areas and the Tan Oak and Mt. Ellen Nature Trails.

All programs and facilities may not be available, and are subject to change. Please call the park at (650) 879-0238.


Timber surrounding this area was logged in the late 1800’s and early 1900’s, both for redwood lumber and the bark of the tan oak tree. In fact, four small sawmill sites are either on or adjacent to the present park boundaries. Fortunately, many of the areas in the park were saved from the logger’s saws and were eventually acquired by the County in 1924. The park was memorialized for for the men of San Mateo County who died in the First World War.

The Depression brought many to the area when Memorial Park was established as a project camp for the Work Projects Administration created by President Roosevelt. Many of the existing restrooms, roadways and picnic sites are the result of their efforts.

Have a wonderful summer!

-The Futon Man


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