Unsure about your dog on a train? Try a small-scale starter train

By: DogTrekker Staff
Redwood Valley Railroad in Tilden Park, Berkeley.
Photo by David McSpadden (cc).

Don’t know if your dog will like riding the rails? You can always try a training ride on the Tilden/Redwood Valley Railway in Berkeley’s Tilden Regional Park. It’s an authentic miniature steam train featuring more than 30 pieces of rolling stock. Call ahead if bringing a dog.

One of the East Bay Regional Park District’s three oldest parks, Tilden has been called the jewel of the system, and its recreational activities have become a happy tradition for generations of East Bay youngsters.

From a carousel ride and a picnic to a swim at Lake Anza and a stroll through the Botanic Garden, Tilden has variety to delight everyone. Yet there are plenty of quiet places in Tilden’s 2,079 acres to shelter the wildlife and preserve natural beauty. There are no dog fees, but not all areas are open to dogs. Use this in-depth page to check out hours, rules, download a park map and more. You can also call toll free: (888) 327-2757, option 3, ext. 4562.


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