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Calaveras Big Trees State Park

Yosemite + Central Sierra, California

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  • The visitor center at Calaveras Big Trees State Park.- Calaveras Big Trees State Park
  • Discovery Stump.- Calaveras Big Trees State Park
  • North Grove Trail.- Calaveras Big Trees State Park
  • North Grove.- Calaveras Big Trees State Park
  • North Grove Trail.- Calaveras Big Trees State Park
  • Pileated Woodpecker (Dryocopus pileatus).- Calaveras Big Trees State Park
  • The Pioneer Cabin tree before it was knocked over by strong winds accompanying a winter storm in early 2017.- Calaveras Big Trees State Park
  • Calaveras Big Trees State Park.- Calaveras Big Trees State Park
  • Pacific dogwood (Cornus nuttallii).- Calaveras Big Trees State Park
  • North Grove Campground.- Calaveras Big Trees State Park
  • The meadow at North Grove Campground.- Calaveras Big Trees State Park
  • View toward the North Fork of the Stanilsaus River Canyon from Calaveras Big Trees State Park.- Calaveras Big Trees State Park
  • North Fork of the Stanislaus River.- Calaveras Big Trees State Park
  • Campfire center in Calaveras Big Trees State Park.- Calaveras Big Trees State Park
  • - Calaveras Big Trees State Park
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Giant sequoias. North Fork of the Stanislaus River access. Winter recreation.
Cons: 
None.
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Alerts: 
The park's Pioneer Cabin tree located on the North Grove Trail was knocked down by strong winds from a powerful winter storm on 1/8/17. Currently the North Grove Trail is closed. Check with the park for status updates.
Region:
Yosemite + Central Sierra, CA
Congestion: 
High
Pets allowed: 
Yes
Parking Pass: 
State Park Fee
Preferable Season(s):
Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall
Current Local Weather:
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Adventure Description

Adventure Description

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When most people think of giant sequoia trees, images of Yosemite and Sequoia National Parks are typically what come to mind. Calaveras Big Trees State Park, off of Highway 4, may be the lesser known sibling, but it is home to trees of equal grandeur. Initially protected in 1931 and expanded to include the South Grove in 1954, the park includes two impressive groves of sequoias, multiple campgrounds, hiking and winter trails, and a beautiful section of the North Fork of the Stanislaus River.

Hiking trails thread through the trees of the the North and South Groves and connect to other areas of the park. The North Grove Trail, South Grove Trail, Lava Bluffs Trail and River Canyon Trail offer a variety of lengths and difficulty ranging from family-friendly strolls to full day excursions. Fishing, swimming holes, and white water boating are big draws to the river during the summer, while snowshoeing and cross-country skiing are popular when  snow-laden Sequoias offer a unique park experience.

Two developed campgrounds, North Grove Campground and Oak Hollow Campground, provide 150 sites for visitors. The park keeps a handful of North Grove Campground sites open during the winter.

A well-stocked visitor center is located near the entrance and the North Grove Trails. Dogs are permitted in the park in campgrounds, on paved roads, and on fire roads only.

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