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Forest of Nisene Marks State Park

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Aptos, CA
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This is a MUST for anyone who likes or needs to hike easy trails and get away from noise. It isn't... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Ed S
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This is a great place to relax. It seems everybody talks quietly in the presence of magnificent... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is a MUST for anyone who likes or needs to hike easy trails and get away from noise. It isn't an easy place to find. But you'll be rewarded with beautiful scenery.

Thank Ed S
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is a great place to relax. It seems everybody talks quietly in the presence of magnificent redwoods. We didn't go off onto any trails because our time was restricted but the road was still a lovely walk and we had a picnic in a...More

Thank WilsonsofPirongia
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This park offers all kinds of trails for hiking and all around enjoying nature. We did not hike some of the really intense trails as we had a range of family members from tots to grand parents. Pick up a map at the entrance. It...More

Thank Maria S
Reviewed June 21, 2017

Hiking trails are not well groomed, so you need to be ready to hike on the trails. A casual stroll can be taken on the fire road. I didn't have much time to explore, but it appears that you could spend a couple of days...More

Thank Scott J
Reviewed June 2, 2017

Always cool under the trees quiet peaceful very spiritual place need good shoes and bring water to drink.

Thank catc0x
Reviewed June 2, 2017

Since many are reading about the park, below are my recommendations after running here for over 30 years. Short on time? Consider the Old Growth Loop Trail in the lower section of the park. You can see the recently fallen Advocate Tree, one of the...More

2  Thank SantaCruz850
Reviewed May 25, 2017

First off, I have been enjoying the trails in Nisene Marks for over forty years. Way back when, there were existing sheds where the lumberjacks lived and there were still planks from the rail system. Today, time has increased the growth of the redwood trees...More

Thank GARY F
Reviewed May 22, 2017

Beautiful hikes throughout the park. You can walk a flat fire road that has a gentle ascent or take single track trails by the river. Take a map with you as you can easily get lost in this huge park. This park is best enjoyed...More

Thank AndrewsG2380UR
Reviewed May 1, 2017 via mobile

Been to many redwood groves around California, but this one is closer to a populated area than a any other. Easy to get to and quite enjoyable.

1  Thank aluckart
Reviewed April 27, 2017

This park has so much to offer the soul and senses. You can take a walking stroll, jog/run, hike, or bike ride. The creeks are lovely. There are numerous options for exploring via trails or a paved fire road. The ferns and trees are joyous....More

1  Thank 825michellez
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October 30, 2015|
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Response from Judith B | Reviewed this property |
You can drive through many parts of Nisene Marks State Park, though the bigger redwoods are in Big Basin. There is a loop path next to the Big Basin Ranger Station that is set up for level walking and is ok for wheelchairs... More
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Response from Libi K | Reviewed this property |
As far as I know. However, must be leashed. " Beautiful redwoods Photo by Scott Broecker      Click to switch pictures View all 14 photos Rating:  Description: Up and down hiking through redwoods with creek... More