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Much Better Experience Than The More Well-Lnown Spots

There are only a handful of original, old-growth stands of redwoods left in California, and this is... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Randy M
Acme, Pennsylvania
Excellent alternative to the Federal Redwood Parks

Excellent redwoods and walking trails for all ages and skills, The park rangers are friendly and... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Greenwood, South Carolina
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Towering redwoods meet the sandy beach, offering something outdoorsy for everyone.
21600 Big Basin Way, Boulder Creek, CA 95006-9063
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Reviewed 1 week ago

There are only a handful of original, old-growth stands of redwoods left in California, and this is one of them. Takes some effort to get here (we came from San Francisco) and you'll be driving on some narrow winding roads, but absolutely worth the trip....More

Date of experience: January 2019
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Excellent redwoods and walking trails for all ages and skills, The park rangers are friendly and very knowledgeable. Parking for the day is only $10. Easy access from San Jose, Santa Cruz and even San Francisco.

Date of experience: January 2019
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Big Basin, California's first state park and home to the largest continuous stand of ancient coast redwoods south of San Francisco, features miles of trails for hiking through this beautiful redwood forest. Trail hiking times range from 45 minutes (1/2 mile) to three hours. But...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Very accommodating state park. Clean facilities beautiful redwood trees throughout. Ample parking. Snack bar and gift shop available. If you buy the yearly park pass it's more convenient.

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed 5 weeks ago

We stayed at the Huckleberry Campground for two nights during Thanksgiving week, and loved it. The obvious attraction is being in the presence of towering, majestic, timeless redwoods. We were also quite impressed by the campground - spacious campsites nestled in the forest, with very...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed December 17, 2018

When driving up follow the signs once you loose all service. If your using GPS do not turn it off and on, it will not reload. We got bit...a lot. To be fair my family and I did go during late summer, and the mosquito...More

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed December 4, 2018

Amazing trees. Visited here and Muir Woods. Thought trees at Muir woods would be bigger but they are much bigger here. So glad we decided to do this park as well as Muir Woods. If you have to choose between the two, i would recommend...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed December 2, 2018 via mobile

Best place to chillout, walk among enormus trees and nature. Recomand to drive there from Saragota. The road is amsolutely amazing! Parking cost olny 10 $.

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed November 25, 2018 via mobile

Imagine camping next to the tallest and oldest trees IN THE WORLD! With the benefit of fantastic educational tours, EXCELLENT bathrooms and showers (by normal camping standards), TERRIFIC snack bar and gift shop in lodges boasting massive wood fires. Wonderful experience for all our family...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed November 15, 2018 via mobile

I wanted to see redwoods, big ones and I was not disappointed!! Incredible sizes🤤 Took the self-guided tour - very easy to do by using the guide paper. Lots of photo opportunities and knowledge to gain. Easy walk for any age. Small cabin with history...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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October 15, 2018|
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Response from Jim H | Reviewed this property |
If you stay in the park and follow the trail, that is more than enough time. I was by my self and I had a great time!
August 9, 2018|
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Response from Jim H | Reviewed this property |
12 miles north of Santa Cruz. Very easy to get to
July 29, 2018|
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Response from 947lindsayz | Reviewed this property |
I don’t think any of the trails are handicap accessible, but the area around the visitor’s center is and many trails run along the road, you might be able to go along them if you’re in a group. It’s very shady and the heat... More
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Boston, Massachusetts
A day in Santa Cruz (11 Replies)
We are planning a day in SC on our way from Carmel to San Francisco. Can anyone recommend a place for lunch in town, probably. Also, should we stop at Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park or Big Basin Redwoods State Park? Or do we need to stop at both? Thanks!
February 20, 2011|
Response fromtheyurfs|
No need to stop at both, and with just one afternoon, you probably don't have time for both. When will you be here? Although Henry Cowell is closer to Santa Cruz, this time of year more is open at Big Basin, and you will be able to see more trees, and nice walks. As far as lunch in town, there are many nice places. What type of food do you like? If that's not really a concern, I like lunch on the wharf. There are several restaraunts available with nice views. There is parking right on the...More
Alice E
Where should I leave from for Big Basin -Dwntown or Airport? (31 Replies)
We're in San Fran next weekend...(daughter and I) Monday we'd planned to check out of our Hotel in North Beach, go to tour Alcatraz, then go back and pick up our luggage from the hotel and go to an SFO airport hotel. Tuesday we want to rent a car and drive to Big Basin Redwoods State Park for the day and return to stay in the airport hotel as Wednesday morning we're flying home. My thinking is that we'd get an earlier start to Big Basin if we're already at the airport Monday night. ...More
March 09, 2008|
Response fromJoan Randolph|
Your plan is probably a good one, since you won't have to drive back to the city and find a place to park the car on Tuesday. To get to Big Basin from the airport go North on Hwy 101 a short distance and then Hwy 380 over to Hwy 280. At about Sunnyvale take the exit for Hwy 85 and then watch for the exit to Saratoga Sunnyvale Road. Take this into the town of Saratoga and go straight through town. You will end up on Hwy 9. This is a twisly and winding road. Big Basin is on Hwy 238 (watch...More
Cary, NC
Muir Woods or Big Basin Redwoods State Park (1 Replies)
Hi Fellow Travelers--we are starting out at San Fran and heading down to San Diego on our 9 day trip in September. Should we venture up to Muir Woods or will a stop south of San Fran to Big Basin be just as nice? We recall Muir Woods several years ago and loved it but didn't know if Big Basin was acceptable this year to see the redwoods. Thanks!
July 02, 2009|