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Calaveras Big Trees State Park

1170 East Hwy 4, Arnold, California 95223 USA

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Opens Sat 7a
  • Independent
  • Pet Friendly
  • Not Wheelchair
  • Public
  • No Wifi
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“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.

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  • Road Warrior
  • 401 Reviews
  • 260 Helpful
September 27, 2014
Rated 5.0

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!

1 person found this review helpful

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  • 10 Reviews
  • 4 Helpful
September 24, 2014
Rated 5.0

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.

1 person found this review helpful

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Aimee DeGroat

  • Road Warrior
  • 18 Reviews
  • 22 Helpful
August 12, 2014
Rated 5.0

Bears! And swimming! And awesome trees and hikes! Yellow jackets at the campsite though. You can bring your own wood for the campfire.

1 person found this review helpful

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  • 4 Reviews
  • 0 Helpful
July 26, 2019
Rated 5.0

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!

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Calaveras Big Trees State Park

1170 East Hwy 4
Arnold, California
95223 USA


Closed Now
  • Sun - Sat: 7:00 am - 7:30 pm

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  • Parking
  • Pets Allowed
  • Restrooms
  • Wifi
  • Wheelchair Accessible
  • Credit Cards Accepted
State park or forest
Max Length
30 ft
Season End
Season Start
  • Fifty Amp
  • Full Hookup
  • Rec Facilities
  • Tent Sites
  • Dump Station
  • Firewood
  • Potable Water
  • Reservations
  • Sewer Hookup
  • Showers
  • Standard Tent Sites
  • Water Hookup
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