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“Camping at North Grove”

Calaveras Big Trees State Park
Ranked #131 of 9,490 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.
Reviewed August 24, 2006

North Grove campground is close to the entrance of Calaveras Big Trees State Park. Campsites range from nice sized to absolutely enormous. We had space 45 which was huge with lots of area for the kids to roam. Each site has a water spicket, parking, fire ring, bear box (we saw no evidence of bear but the box is great for keeping the squirrels out), and picnic table. Flushing toilets and showers are close by. The pros of North Grove Campground: ample spots and facilities, visitor center, nightly ranger talks and walks, ranger run activities in the daytime, the campground surrounds a beautiful meadow with a boardwalk that you can walk on, the camground is very close to the North Grove trail where you can experience the majestic giant Sequioa trees. Be sure to bring mosquito repellant, you will need it. The con to North Grove camping is road noise. The camground sits next to Highway 4. Logging trucks use the highway heavily and put on their really loud jake brakes when coming down the hill by the park. Huge bummer, sometimes it started at 5:30 in the morning! Once we accepted it, we loved the campground and it didn't bother us. The weekends were quiet though, they must take that off. Please be aware that some of the sights are VERY close to the road. So close that I would be worried about my children wandering. The campground makes a giant loop around the meadow. Sites on the far side of the meadow are much quieter. In July there were constructing new bathrooms and fixing some campsites on that side of the meadow. Next summer those sites, in my opinion, will be the best and quietest. If you want complete silence in a beautiful forest setting book Oak Hollow down the road. Oak Hollow is about a 15 minute drive from North Grove. Oak Hollow is closer to the Stanislaus River and the South Grove trail. There are no ranger services (other than patrol) at Oak Hollow as all activities take place at North Grove. But if you want to be away from the hustle and bustle, Oak Hollow was the place. North Grove was alive with kids biking and running about having fun, we saw none of that when we drove through Oak Hollow. It was like the adult campground! When visiting the area, be sure to take a dip in Beaver Creek (go to the section at the beginning of the South Grove trail), swim at Lake Alpine (30-40 minute drive by Bear Valley), or a quick swim down the road 5 minutes in Arnold at White Pine Lake. We also enjoyed the many caves that are within driving distance, the shops at Angel Camp (hot there though!), the fantastic supermarket in Arnold, and the quaint General Store up Hwy 4, about 5 minutes away on your right. A wonderful and undervisited area, we'll go again and avoid the crowds of the national parks.

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Reviewed July 20, 2006

There are two groves of giant sequoias at Big Trees State Park, the smaller North Grove is right next to the highway and has interpretive signs and pamphlet (available in German, also) and an old drive through tree, boardwalks in places. Very easy to get to and walk, perfect for children, and right next to the campground.

The South Grove is at the other end of the park, 8 miles down the road through the park, over the river to the parking lot. Then it's a one mile hike before you get to the edge of the grove. The South Grove is much bigger than the North Grove. There's a five mile loop trail through the first part of the South Grove, if you want to see more, you are allowed to go off trail, but of course, you will need to know how to navigate in dense forest. There is an interpretive pamphlet for this grove, too, but it is keyed to natural features found along the trail, not to numbered posts, as most interpretive pamphlets are. There are very large sugar pines in the grove as well as sequoias.

9  Thank Bayatuning
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Reviewed October 3, 2004

35 min east of Angels Camp off Hwy 49 (but could be a day trip from Lake Tahoe also) $6 per car entry – really neat and gorgeous place – grove of giant Sequoia Trees – nice ¾ mile nature loop to do with kids – nice place to have a picnic lunch which we did – we really enjoyed it and would do it again. This place is best appreciated with minimal crowds so call to find out light times. This was one of the highlights for our trip.

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