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“Nature in all its majesty.”

Big Basin Redwoods State Park
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Owner description: Towering redwoods meet the sandy beach, offering something outdoorsy for everyone.
Reviewed November 2, 2012

Stopped on our way from Monterey to San Francisco. Although it was out of the way and the road into and out of the park was full of twists and turns, the beauty and eerie atmosphere made for an excellent Halloween afternoon. We arrived late in the day and didn't see another human being on the trail. It was quiet and peaceful except for an occasional squawk of a jay or the tapping of a nearby woodpecker. Magical. Mystical.

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Reviewed October 31, 2012

Good close place to camp in the bay area., We often go there just to be in the woods., It feels like we are really out of the city and it is just a short distance away., Camping sites can get booked so be for warned.,

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Reviewed October 26, 2012 via mobile

The red woods are worth the drive, period. I did the quick loop the takes you straight to the biggest trees you see in all the pics. They say 45 minutes to hike but you can do a lot faster. Not that i would cause taking it slow was great. The trail is very wide and level im guessing you could wheel someone in.
I was there in october most buildings are closed so no food there. There were operating water fountains near trail head and on the trail. This is awe inspiring. Cant believe i have been in the area so many times and didnt do. Cost for 1 day was $10.
On waythe out i continued through park on 236. It is very windy and narrow and takes quite a while.

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Reviewed October 22, 2012

Drive from CA17 exit to the park entrance is pretty nice. Through the forest, winding roads with a few hairpin bends and a nice town of Boulder Creek midway. Park was not overcrowded and found a campsite without reservation on a Friday evening. There were only a few left, but saved $ at reserveamerica.com. Campsite was quite good, it was naturally separated from neighbor campsites by a log and a small hedge. Only complaint is that, it had solid rocks underneath where tent was supposed to go, and without proper tools, I had to figure out a way to stick in those tent hooks.
We did not use the campsite grill but it is there along with the fire pit. There are food lockers to protect from Racoons. I did not see any though. Morning brought sunlight sieving through the redwood trees, it was heavenly.
I would go to this place for camping again for 3 reasons - distance from my place, scenic drive through the forest and the redwood trees.

and yes, Restrooms were very clean as well.

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Reviewed September 28, 2012

Experience: A must-visit place for nature lovers, the big basin redwoods state park is home to some of the tallest trees and gorgeous waterfalls. If you love to hike, there are couple of strenuous hikes of 10 miles which ends in breathtaking views of the forest and waterfall. We couldn't go for that as we did not have enough time but were happy to do the moderate hikes for couple of hours.

Crowd: This place is surprisingly not crowded or maybe we were lucky that day (past Sunday around 2 PM).

Facilities: A small store and a gift shop are located near the Park Headquarters. But its better you bring your lunch and snacks. Restrooms are located near the Park headquarters (we did not come across any along the hike).

Drive: Its around 1 hr drive from San Jose/Cupertino area. The roads are curvy and have lots of turns, so if you are prone to car sickness please take necessary precautions.

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