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Forest of Nisene Marks State Park

Aptos, CA
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Ranked #2 of 10 Attractions in Aptos
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: State Parks, Outdoors
Activities: Backpacking, Hiking
Owner description: The location of 1989's devastating earthquake.
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Type: State Parks, Outdoors
Activities: Backpacking, Hiking
Owner description: The location of 1989's devastating earthquake.

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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12 reviews 12 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

This is a beautiful Park in a beautiful setting. I love traveling here for a day of jogging, walking or bike riding. There isn't much I dislike about Nisene Marks.

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Aptos
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

Biking and hiking in Nisene is a pleasure. On hot days you get the benefit of the cooler air temperature and on colder or wet days you get a real experience of being protected in the redwoods. Plenty of trails to bike or hike.

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New York City, New York
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31 reviews 31 reviews
10 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2014

I came here alone for a few hours while on vacation. I was looking for a moderate hike and wound up getting lost in these incredible trails. If I hadn't had to go meet someone (and had been more prepared with food and water) I would have loved to explore these trails all day. Plan to leave a lot of... More 

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Santa Cruz, California
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36 reviews 36 reviews
8 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2014

This area, originally logged for its redwood trees, was left to the state by the owner, and it remains largely undeveloped. The only official entrance is in "downtown" Aptos. Pay for parking and don't leave valuables visible in your locked car, and you won't have a problem. Hikers can take a long hike to the epicenter of the 1989 "San... More 

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Rochester, New York
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47 reviews 47 reviews
10 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014

We paid $8 to park and then hiked the Historic trail. It was worth it. The trail is in very good shape. A lot of up and down. I was a little disappointed that the historic areas weren't marked. For instance we got several miles in to where the Hoffman site should be (or maybe we missed it) and saw... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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126 reviews 126 reviews
36 attraction reviews
67 helpful votes 67 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2014 via mobile

Not too far from Seacliff Beach, this is a lovely and serene piece of redwood forest that is easily accessible. Altho there are private residences close by, the woods are lovely. There is a day use fee ($8.00) which is well worth it. The driving road, however, is very narrow and ill paved, and is very crowded with hikers and... More 

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wynterhk
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014

Loved the redwoods, the remoteness, It backs up to Land Of Medicine Buddha retreat. There are many areas that have benches and areas for reflection and quiet contemplation. The trails are clear and you can walk seemingly forever on the 100,000 acre plot of heaven. Not many people seem to know of this state park. So enjoy while you can!!

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Santa Cruz, California
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45 reviews 45 reviews
16 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

Hiked to the Hoffman Historic Site along the Loma Prieta grade trail yesterday and it was wonderful. Along the way you walk over old train rails and old skid roads. At times we saw remnants of bridges over the canyons. We saw what used to be lodging for the loggers. It is beautiful to walk in the woods. We saw... More 

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Santa Cruz, California
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25 reviews 25 reviews
5 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

If you like the Outdoors, and don't need the heat, go for a stroll, at Nisene, Many activities, walk thru may trails, Bike the main road. Run , Hike. You name it, you can also bring a Horse! Never ending areas to explore. Picnic areas. Streams to go side by side, and many more things to see.

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Roseville, California
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

Just being surrounded by all those beautiful trees was enough for us. We hiked, met nice people having a picnic. Have been there more than once, so always try to revisit.

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