“preserving giant sequioas”
Calaveras became a State Park in 1931 to preserve the North Grove of giant sequoias. This grove includes the "Discovery Tree", also known as the "Big Stump", the first Sierra redwood noted by Augustus T. Dowd in 1852. This area has been a major tourist attraction ever since, and is considered the longest continuously operated tourist facility in California. Over the years, other parcels of mixed conifer forests have been added to the park. This amazing park has a huge varitey of habitats and recreational opportunites to explore. In addition to the popular North Grove, the Park features the South Grove, a five mile hiking trip through a spectacular grove of giant sequoias in their natural setting. Other attractions in the Park include the Stanislaus River, Beaver Creek, the Lava Bluff Trail and Bradley Trail. The Park also houses two main campgrounds with a total of 129 campsites, six picnic areas and several miles of established trails. During the Summer enjoy evening ranger talks, numerous interpretive programs, environmental educational programs, junior ranger programs, hiking, mountain biking, bird watching and activities for school children. Dogs: Dogs are welcome in the park on leash in developed areas like picnic sites, campgrounds, paved roads and fire roads (dirt). Dogs are not allowed on the designated trails, nor in the woods in general. We have several miles of fire roads for you and your dog to enjoy; however, you will not be able to see any of the giant sequoias from these roads. Service dogs are permitted everywhere throughout the park. Comfort dogs do not qualify as service dogs and are therefore restricted to the campground, paved roads and the fire roads.
A place for combining hiking and swimming!! We stayed there overnight at the campsite. Everything was super and living among these giant trees was exaggerating.
The light penetrates within the tents in the morning and wakes you up smoothly while the chill from the shadows created by the leaves equalizes the temperature.
The campsites are very clean and there are bathrooms, showers and fire stoves.
Fantastic for a weekend escape!
Such an amazing place to visit and walk around. The size these trees can grow is astronomical. The fact that a bear cub also popped by to say hello just made my day even better.
Bears! And swimming! And awesome trees and hikes! Yellow jackets at the campsite though. You can bring your own wood for the campfire.
Our first time! Truth be told, was a little freaked out due to the BEARS but overall this place was decent. All camp areas are a nice distance from its neighbors, bear boxes are a good size. Only negative, IF I HAVE TO HAVE ONE, will have to be the bathrooms. All toilet rooms are always full of some type of insect (mosquitoes, spiders, giant ants!!!). And the shower timers suck!!! $.50 gives you 2 minutes, but 30 seconds of that is cold (-_-). So bring your quarters!
Be the first to add a review to the Calaveras Big Trees State Park.
Calaveras Big Trees State Park
- Sun - Sat: 7:00 am - 7:30 pm
Problem with this listing? Let us know.
Credit Cards Accepted
- State park or forest
- Max Length
- 30 ft
- Season End
- Season Start
Standard Tent Sites