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Forest of Nisene Marks State Park

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Address: Aptos, CA
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The location of 1989's devastating earthquake.

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Experience the redwoods right of highway 1.

Turn off highway 1, at State Park Drive; make a right turn at Safeway, follow Soquel Drive across the bridge and immediatly turn left over the railroad tracks into Nisene State... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
Joost V
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Aptos, California
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Aptos, California
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Turn off highway 1, at State Park Drive; make a right turn at Safeway, follow Soquel Drive across the bridge and immediatly turn left over the railroad tracks into Nisene State Park. This is less than a 1/4 mile of highway 1. Drive into the Park for a couple of miles and park your car off this dirt road. Follow... More 

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Thank Joost V
Santa Cruz, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Nisene Marks is one of my favorite places to walk/hike. The forest is incredibly beautiful with tall redwoods and the creek that runs through it. It's the perfect place to leave your stress and worries behind as you wonder down the paths. Get caught up in all the green, bird songs and water moving past. It's worth a special trip... More 

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Thank Labris W
Fremont, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2015

Did a 10.3 mile hike here in the winter time - so short days. It was beautiful and peaceful. Originally was going to hike up to Five Finger Falls - Should have done that since we ended up hiking about the same distance anyhow. We started the hike at the steel bridge and went up the main fire road until... More 

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Santa Cruz, CA
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22 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2015

This is a great place with lots of beautiful trails for hiking and biking. It has some lovely redwoods, a stream, and gorgeous woods. See if you can find the pictureque "Buddha Bridge" and find out why locals call it that.

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Thank Susan K
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2015

I first hiked Nisene Marks in the 1960's, and now live a mile from the Park. I've run, hiked, and biked there at least weekly for 40 years. It's a marvel to see the recovery of the clear cut mayhem of the 1890-1910. The maples and alders in the riparian corridors catch magical light below the bridges. The waterfalls are... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2015 via mobile

We introduced friends to this park last week. I raved about the beautiful redwoods and great hiking trails. We arrived about 10am. The sun was just starting to shine through morning fog. We weren't dressed in enough layers and it was chiller than usual, so we cut our hike short. Be prepared when you visit at this time of year.... More 

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Santa Cruz, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2015

I've hiked here several times and this place has an abundance of trails and is absolutely beautiful. They even have a few picnic areas that include barbecue pits and picnic benches. Have a great time!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2015 via mobile

You can park in a dirt parking lot and walk in for free or drive in and pay at the ranger station. I just go for a quick drive or stop and get out and spend some time. Beautiful redwoods.

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Soquel, California
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7 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2015

Nisene Marks State Park, has so many entrances! But lets talk about the one in Aptos...you can walk, ride, drive down to the toll booth, which is sometimes maned and sometimes not. But pay using the little envelops anyway, as the rangers do come around and write out tickets. You can take any trail and it will lead you to... More 

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Thank Prettyshells
San Diego, California
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3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2015

Very nice, and very hard to find- lovely quiet state park, but watch out for the bike riders. I want to go back when I have more time!

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