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Forest of Nisene Marks State Park

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Address: , Aptos, CA
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Activities: Backpacking, Hiking
Description: The location of 1989's devastating earthquake.

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Peaceful forest on the edge of town will provide great opportunity for hikes, runs, bikes. There is a path/road that goes for several miles and makes this an easy place to hike... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 27, 2015
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Aptos, California
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Aptos, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

Peaceful forest on the edge of town will provide great opportunity for hikes, runs, bikes. There is a path/road that goes for several miles and makes this an easy place to hike. If this doesn't interest you, follow one of the many hiking trails that are well marked.

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Sunnyvale, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 90 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015

Absolutely loved it! The Old Growth Loop trail was the perfect length with kids. We enjoyed the scenery and the nice coolness on a Summer day.

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Portland, Oregon
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2015

A beautiful, shady, hidden gem of a park in Aptos, just a few miles south of Santa Cruz, CA. Extensive hiking trails and jogging paths wind through this lovely park and you can spend a wonderful hour or two just wandering. Hard to get lost, as the park seems to occupy a sort of box canyon, with houses perches high... More 

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Santa Cruz, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2015

But not a fav of mine. I am, however, very spoiled being a native Oregonian!! and used to awesomeness EVERYWHERE! ( I moved to Santa Cruz for the dryer climate - which it is , even on foggy days which there are a lot of!) The One Part of Nisene Marks I do like is next to Land of Medicine... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2015

The park is only a half mile from Aptos where there are great hiking trails in old redwood groves. You can even hike to the epicenter of the Loma Prieta Earthquake. Dogs are allowed on leash on the lower trails.

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Santa Cruz, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2015

Many who drive through the lovely village of Aptos suspect that they are so close to the entrance of this hidden gem. The unobtrusive entrance requires a little exploring, but once found, becomes the gateway to a lovely day hike. The park is filled natural, tranquil beauty from the redwoods to the meandering stream that parallels some of the paths.... More 

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Auburn CA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

Whether you want to take a hike, go for a relaxing bike ride, take a more rigorous mountain bike trail, have a picnic, enjoy the trails, or just spend a relaxing day with your family among the redwoods and unspoiled nature, Nisene Marks is the place to go. They do have bike shuttles available for those that want to get... More 

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Encinitas, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015

There are miles of wonderful trails, wild mushrooms, a river, huge trees, ferns, and it's dog friendly. Iconic wild beauty abounds and it's a perfect place to get a feel for what the area was like long ago.

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Hudson, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

Nisene Marks Park is certainly a gem. It is a great retreat from the traffic and bustle of Santa Cruz and oh so close. We hiked many of the trails and walked the fire road for a few miles as well. On a second day we rented mountain bikes from Epicenter Cycling and rode the fire road to Sand Point... More 

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Tulsa, OK
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

The Forest was very close to where I stayed in Aptos, and I was able to hike into it. The huge trees are very worth seeing. There are several trails in the park and all are relatively easy. Many people were walking or running with dogs. The most impressive part of the park is the gorge that has a bridge... More 

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