Calaveras Big Trees State Park, Arnold

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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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  • This hidden gem of a park made our day! We stumbled upon it and spent hours hiking amongst the giant sequoias in the beautiful cool forest. We explored the campground and would love to spend time....  more »
  • This was the highlight of our trip. The other sequoia groves near Yosemite were inaccessible unless you were a good hiker, but Big Trees was perfect. It had a free 1.6 mile loop with markers near a....  more »
  • Had a great trip to the park for a camping trip with two families over the Memorial Day weekend. We stayed at north grove site 39 which ended up being a decent site. It was on a slope but flush...  more »
  • 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.
  • We really enjoy our hike here. Its an easy hike under the giant trees. The staff are friendly and helpful. They have small visitor center. Parking was good but it was weekday. Not sure on weekends. Its amazing to view these giant trees. Its worth every penny we spent for our California vacation.
  • Absolutely stunning an beautiful views. We were given the recommendation to do the south grove when we stopped for gas. It did not disappoint. The first mile to mile and a quarter there's not much to see. Once you get to the fork you will start to see the redwoods. If you're looking for an easier route go to the left, less dramatic incline and circle around the right. Would love to come again.
  • This park is wonderful!!! Great to guides, wonderful and friendly staff, beautiful paths. At least one of the paths is even ADA accessible. When we were doing the short loop today there was a man in a wheelchair enjoying it without issue, as well as multiple families with strollers. The Sequoia trees are absolutely magnificent and just completely breath-taking!!! Nice weather in August, around 80s, but do bring sunscreen and a hat. Especially if you're doing a longer trail. 100% recommend visiting here! Parking fee was $10 per car

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