Calaveras Big Trees State Park
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- 98%Family Travelers
- 67%Outdoor Enthusiasts
- 59%Green Travelers
- 58%Adventure Travelers
Member Reviews (9)
- Calaveras Big Trees State ParkFeb 03, 2014
This park has so much to offer every visitor. Marvel at the indescribable Giant Sequoias. Hike an number of trails each with different difficulty levels and each with their own points of interest. Swim in the river, bike, fish, picnic...this is one of the most beautiful state parks in the nation!
- Calaveras Big Trees State ParkOct 18, 2013
Giant sequoia trees standing quietly in the forest. Tumbling streams and rivers with summertime swimming holes. Cool mountain camping. Hiking trails that are a workout, but still kid-friendly. One of those out-of-the-way California state parks that is worth saving!
- Calaveras Big Trees State ParkMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsFamily Travelers+ 2Jun 01, 2013
Nice moderate loop hike through very big tress. It's all flat, not too long, so ideal for those who just want a casual experience, those with children or those with light mobility issues.
- Calaveras Big Trees State ParkMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 6First to ReviewJul 04, 2012
Calaveras Big Trees State Park is a gorgeous place to visit and well worth a stop on your way to or from Arnold. It became a state park in 1931 to preserve the North Calaveras Grove of Giant Sequoias. However it has been a major tourist attraction since 1852, when the existence of the trees was first widely reported, and is considered the longest continuously operated tourist facility in California.
Over the years, other parcels of mixed conifer forests, including the much larger South Calaveras Grove of Giant Sequoias have been added to the park to bring the total area to about 6400 acres. The North Grove included the 'Discovery Tree' noted by Augustus T. Dowd in 1852 and felled in 1853, leaving a giant stump which is the only remainder of the tree. It measured 24 feet in diameter at its base and was determined by ring count to be 1,244 years old when felled.
In addition to the popular North Grove, the Park also now includes the South Grove, with a very nice 5 mile hike through a spectacular set of giant sequoias. The South Grove includes the huge 'Agassiz' tree. Other attractions in the Park include the Stanislaus River, Beaver Creek, the Lava Bluff Trail and Bradley Trail. There's plenty of campsites, picnic tables, and hundreds of miles of additional hiking trails.
This is a wondrous place to behold and a great place to clear your head. Also be ready to just stop, forget civilization and all the technology, and say "Wow" a lot.