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Review of Calaveras Big Trees State Park

Calaveras Big Trees State Park
Ranked #123 of 8,575 things to do in California
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Owner description: Home of the giant sequoias called "Tree Giants," and a great place for family camping. Park entrance is located near Arnold, California.
San Francisco, California
2 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 7, 2014

The place is so cool. We drove from the bay area for 2:30 hours and found an amazing place. The North grove trail is 1.5 miles (easy walk) that tells the stories of the sequoia trees of the grove. Recommanded to take the brochure (50c), so you can follow the stories by the numbers in the area.

Visited August 2014
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“Big Trees camping”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 5, 2014

We went 8/1-8/3...cut it short one day due to my daughter's sprained ankle on first evening at campsite. Maybe August is not the best month to go to this site if you are allergic to mosquitoes and have a fear of yellow jackets. Our site was 89 at Oak Hollow and while it was pretty and big and situated away from other sites and bathrooms, we were harassed so badly by the insects we asked to move the second night. We moved to site 116, which seemed promising in the late morning when we checked it out, but at dinner we were once again swarmed by yellow jackets. The camp host (sorry I didn't get her name) was very nice and sympathetic and had given us fly traps to hang. The staff back at the station were also very nice and offered to deduct a night. We were told maybe it's the season the yellow jackets are most active....only 1 sting, so we can't complain too much.
As for the groves themselves.....WOW. Very nice trails in the North Grove and despite the sweltering heat on Saturday 8/2, we enjoyed the loop with all the interesting facts in the trail guide book purchased for the insanely low price of 50 cents.
On Sunday 8/3 we went to South Grove in the morning. The weather had changed somewhat and it was about 63 degrees, making for a very pleasant hike. Unfortunately, due to the sprained ankle kid, we only hiked maybe 1 mile into the grove. We did stop to wade in the beautiful Bradley Creek.....a magical spot, especially with it all to ourselves. We encountered 1 group of 4 coming into the parking lot as we were leaving. I guess the drive makes the South Grove much less popular but I think we need to get back there soon to go see the Aggasiz tree----I imagine it's well worth the long hike.
It's amazing to think about how close the South Grove was to being obliterated by logging....it wasn't preserved until the 1950's!
I joined the Calaveras Big Trees Association when we got home Sunday evening. Preserving this great forest is important and they are doing good work so far. I can't wait to go back....maybe in the fall after the cold puts all the insects to bed!

Visited August 2014
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Manhattan, Kansas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Calaveras Big Trees State Park--worth a planned stop.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 5, 2014

On a vacation in the Yosemite Area, we were told by folks at the Indian Rock Vineyards in Murpheys to go on up Big Trees State Park. What a wonderful place and off the usual track for those of us doing Yosemite. What I loved was the bridge over the Stanislaus River and the access to the river. So among the Big Trees we saw families swimming, fishing, and having a great weekend. As you can read in other reviews the Sequoias are something to behold.

Visited July 2014
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 4, 2014

Beauty abounds. New visitor's center. Don't miss the scheduled Camp Fires. This is a kid place and they all loved it. Take the walk thru the big Sequoias in the North Grove. We were there during the heat….it was hot. Lot's of bugs when eating. Take note on camp sites in the 20's next to Hwy 4. It is like being on a freeway. One more thing, site 28 is the size of a postage stamp.

Visited August 2014
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Tallahassee, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
“Beautiful...Not to be Missed!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 2, 2014 via mobile

We stopped at Calaveras Big Tree State Park at the end of the afternoon after a visit to Columbia State Historic Park. So glad we did! My husband and I and our 2 grandsons (ages 9 & 12) all loved the park. At the suggestion of the ranger in the visitor center, we took the North Grove hike. Wow! We had visited all the big redwoods parks in NW California, so seeing the Giant Sequoias was an awe inspiring contrast! The park is in a beautiful area. Be sure to visit!

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