Calaveras Big Trees State Park, Arnold

4.8
#68 of 610 in Nature in California
Must see · State Park · Nature / Park
Calaveras Big Trees State Park is a state park of California, United States, preserving two groves of giant sequoia trees. It is located 4 miles (6.4 km) northeast of Arnold, California in the middle elevations of the Sierra Nevada. 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.

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  • During this crazy pandemic, there is no more peaceful serene place to walk and enjoy than Big Trees State Park. We have gone 4 times this year and never tire of it. We have taken our grandchildren.....  more »
  • Beautiful time of year to hike in the park. We hiked the South Grove, which took us about 2.5 hrs. The trail head is 1 mile from the parking lot. Be sure and bring cash, 10 per car or 9 per seniors.....  more »
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  • A magnificent grove of giant Sequoia just 3 hours from the bay area! The North Grove hike is flat enough for a wheelchair (though there are dirt sections). We also did the Lava Beds trail which is completely different, and had almost no one on the trail. We camped at the North Grove campground: the sites were big, people were friendly and the bathrooms were clean. It was a great weekend!
  • A great little park that we stopped at on our way back from Tahoe. The park staff were very informative and gave great suggestions on a few day hikes we could take. We did the north loop (I believe) that was about 1.5 miles. This gave us the opportunity to see a ton of big trees and learn more about the area. They warned us about bears, but we never saw one and were fine the entire time.

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