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“One of the best parks in the state”

Big Basin Redwoods State Park
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Owner description: Towering redwoods meet the sandy beach, offering something outdoorsy for everyone.
Reviewed December 22, 2011

Redwoods, waterfalls, pristine streams and more hiking trails than most people would ever hike. What not to love.

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Reviewed November 16, 2011

We spent a full day in mid-November hiking around the Big Basin State Park and it was well worth the time. The park is about 1 hr and 45 minutes south of San Francisco in the Santa Cruz mountains... relatively remote (windy mountain roads leading there making it take longer than the distance would usually merit), and entirely beautiful. First off... the redwoods. One of the biggest attractions is obviously hiking through old-growth redwood forests, and Big Basin doesn't disappoint. They have several famous/large trees (the mother and father of the forest specimens are massive) and are very easily accessible from the visitor's center (a short 1/2 mile loop. For those looking to get away from civilization a bit you can take longer hikes exploring the terrain. We took the 12 mile 'Berry Falls Loop' trail and were treated to spectacular waterfalls (3 of them named), and my only regret was not bringing a picnic lunch to enjoy and prolong the visit. Since we went in November (after some rainfall) the falls had good flow and the temps were cool (60's) but very comfortable while hiking and everything was green and lush. One of the best State Parks we've visited in California, and we've hit several. I'd definitely go back!

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Reviewed October 16, 2011

I appreciated that this park was very detailed with its different trails and hiking levels required.
A couple of the trails are flatter and consequently handicap-accessible - great for those who are older or with smaller children.
I wish we would have had more time to spend at this park. The trees are gorgeous, and if you walk far enough back in the forest, you will experience a quiet and peacefulness that cannot be found elsewhere. We only had two hours there, but you could probably spend 60 minutes here to days depending upon the trails you choose.
The park was under a bit of construction, but it did not interfere with the experience; I thought we would have to pay a fee, but we did not. The one employee I encountered was extremely helpful - thanks!

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Reviewed October 13, 2011

I camped at Big Basin the first weekend of October with my husband and two children, on the recommendation of a friend. What a gorgeous park and location - I had no idea it existed! The park has a full visitor center, which is great with kids. There are exhibits, guided walks and hikes, and even a Junior Ranger program during the summer months. The campsite are beautiful and spread out through the park in a series of groupings. We stayed in Sempervirens and enjoyed sitting and simply staring up through the redwoods. There are a variety of hikes in the park, ranging from short loops on flat surfaces to long treks with primitive camping and waterfalls. The way the park is set up, many of the hikes can be done in sections which was nice with kids (i.e. we cut off a portion of a loop when they got tuckered out). The one thing to keep in mind when visiting is it is a winding drive and took longer than expected (1.75 hours from East Bay). Worth it though!

Thank MelissaBD
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Reviewed October 9, 2011

The park is beautiful and is well worth the drive through winding narrow roads outside of San Jose. Parking is $10 and there are under 50 parking spots near the main entrance. Get to the park early!! The paths are excellent and scenic! Bring water and food as the prices in the shop are expensive. Photographers should bring hoods for their lenses, use a higher ISO and don't forget your macro lenses! The trees and woods are spectacular for your camera and close up views. Don't forget to stop and take pictures during the drive!

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