North American Coalition for Maintaining Mother Earth

Posted by Alexa On July - 31 - 2017 0 Comment

Calling all nature lovers. Calaveras Big Trees State Park is your next vacation destination. Located in Arnold, California, Calaveras Big Trees State Park is in the middle of the Sierra Nevada mountain range. You’ll marvel at the giant sequoias and redwoods and Northern California’s gorgeous wilderness. We’re here to tell you all about the park and offer tips for your visit.


The state park opened in 1931 and its goal was to preserve the two groves of giant sequoias on the park’s property. The park is noted as one of the longest continually operated tourist facilities in California. A.T. Dowd was the first person to discover these big trees in 1852. One of the trees within the park is named the discovery tree or “Big Stump” which is the first redwood noted by Dowd. Over the years, other trees have been added to the park and it was a favorite place of naturalist John Muir.


The park is located just four miles northeast of Arnold, CA on state route 4. The state park is part of a larger national forest the Stanislaus National Forest near Yosemite National Park. If you’re staying in a Murphys CA B&B during your vacation, the small wine town is just 15 miles southwest of Big Trees.

Things to do

You can visit the park in any season and it’s always fun. Stop by the visitor center at the beginning of your trip to visit the park’s museum with display animals and to talk to a ranger about hiking trails.

There are seven maintained trails throughout the park and three main trail areas. The North Grove trail is a one and half mile loop where you’ll see the “Big Stump” and other famous trees in the park and cross the Big Tree Creek.

The South Grove is not accessible by car in the winter months, but cross-country skiing is encouraged. The South Grove contains ten times as many redwoods as the Noth Grove and is more remote. You can hike anywhere from 3.5 miles to 5 miles on this trail.

The Bradley Grove begins on the left side of the South Grove. It’s named after Owen Bradley who planted the youngest redwoods in the park in the 1950s. On the two and a half mile loop, you’ll see a redwood nursery area and old logging roads.

While hiking is the main attraction in the park, there are also biking trails and picnic areas to sit down and eat while you enjoy the scenery. Fishing is also popular on the Stanislaus River and Beaver Creek. If you’re a photographer, you’ll capture some great moments in the park.


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