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“The Land of the Ewoks”

Ranked #1 of 18 things to do in Aptos
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Owner description: The location of 1989's devastating earthquake.
Santa Cruz, California
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36 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
“The Land of the Ewoks”
Reviewed April 17, 2012

This place is gorgeous! Take a hike down to the creek. The smell of the redwoods and bay tree is magical and is guaranteed to renew your spirit. Have the kids spot out and count all the banana slugs you find!

Visited April 2012
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English first
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4 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Truly Amazing”
Reviewed April 5, 2012

A friend recently took me running through this place last weekend, and it was incredible.

I'm not easily excitable, but running along the trails along the creek with the rain misting through the giant redwood canopy was such a great experience. We didn't see one other person once we trailed off the main service road.

The best way to describe this place is like going through a National Geographic magazine!

Visited March 2012
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Santa Cruz, California
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28 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
“A local treasure.”
Reviewed March 31, 2012

The local resident historian once pointed out the finding this State Park is a challenge for a reason. Signage is not apparent, it is off the beaten track and the road to the entrance is narrow and winding. But what a special place for hiking and enjoying the second growth redwood forest. Cars are not allowed except a short distance from the entrance. The creek is always welcoming and in the forest it is cool and comfortable. The epicenter of the Loma Prieta earthquake (1989 ) can be reached by a trail that is marked. There are 'back' entrances to the park but I'll leave those up to you to find.

Visited November 2011
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Folsom
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6 reviews
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“God lives here”
Reviewed February 20, 2012

Been coming here for years. Great place for a trail run. Run out on the trail to the bridge and back on the road for a good 4 miler.

Visited February 2012
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minneapolis, MN
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64 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 207 helpful votes
“Beautiful second growth redwood forest park!”
Reviewed February 8, 2012

Close to Santa Cruz, CA, and just a short drive from a beautiful state beach, the Forest of Nisene Marks State Park twines up into the mountains along a river. This park has many miles of well-maintained trails passing under the canopy of majestic second-growth redwood forest. Truly an enjoyable outing!

Visited February 2012
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