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Big Basin Redwoods State Park

Things to do, Camps
5 out of 5 stars
Waterfall at Big Basin Redwoods State Park
Photograph: Flickr/Christian Arballo

Time Out says

5 out of 5 stars

Founded In 1902, Big Basin Redwoods holds the title as California’s oldest state park. Famous for its healthy, senior groves of towering deciduous trees—some spanning more than fifty-feet in circumference—the park is a wildly popular camping destination for both tourist and locals alike. Thankfully, there are plenty of campsites, cabins, and group areas to go around; Big Basin Redwoods consists of a network of 142 cabins, tent-only sites, and group sites. Eighty-miles worth of trails snake through the State Park, weaving in between waterfall viewing areas and wildlife watching outposts. Birding at Big Basin Redwoods, too, is quite good with dense populations of resident steller’s jays, egrets, herons, and bald eagles. (Word to the wise: be sure you have $10 in cash on you to pay for your parking fee.)


Address: 21600 Big Basin Way
Boulder Creek
Cross street: at N Escape Rd
Price: $$$
Opening hours: June 14th, 2017 through December 31st, 2017 (Reservations must be made two days ahead of arrival)
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