Calaveras Big Trees State Park


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Calaveras Big Trees State Park


Location:Northeast of Stockton, 4 miles northeast of Arnold on Highway 4.
Facilities:129 developed family campsites, group camp, showers, restrooms, picnic areas, hiking trails, nature trails, visitor center, exhibits (é).
Activities:Camping, fishing, swimming, hiking, mountain biking, cross-country skiing, interpretive programs.
Special Features:Located on the western slope of the Sierra Nevada, the park features two large groves of some of the oldest living redwoods in California. The North Grove includes the "Discovery Tree," the first Sierra redwood noted by Augustus T. Dowd in 1852.
Address:c/o Central Valley District Office
22708 Broadway St
Columbia, CA 95310

Phone:209-795-2334
Web: www.parks.ca.gov/default.asp?page_id=551
Size: 6,498 acres. Elevation: 4,700 feet.

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Calaveras Big Trees State Park, northeast of Stockton, was designated as a park in 1931 to preserve the North Grove of giant sequoias.
1) Calaveras Big Trees State Park was voted by ReserveAmerica as one of California's top 10 campgrounds based on scenery, amenities and programs.
Or try the North Grove at Calaveras Big Trees State Park (76 miles east of Stockton on State 4; 209/795-2334).
Calaveras Big Trees State Park celebrates the 150th anniversary of the giant sequoia's discovery on Saturday, June 1; for information, call (209) 795-3840 or visit www.
They were the first discovered and are the best known," John Muir wrote of the giant sequoias at today's Calaveras Big Trees State Park.
The highway continues to climb, and by the time you hit the giant sequoias in Calaveras Big Trees State Park, the altitude is high enough that patches of snow may remain along the trails that wind through the Sierra redwood giants.
In 1852, a hunter stalking a wounded grizzly bear in what is now Calaveras Big Trees State Park accidentally discovered the first grove of giant sequoias ever widely reported.
At Calaveras Big Trees State Park, you can take in the big trees on the short trail through the North Grove or drive a few minutes more to the South Grove, where you'll find more giant trees and fewer gawkers.
While in the area, allow time to visit nearby Mercer Caverns (728-2101), just outside Murphys, or Calaveras Big Trees State Park (795-2334), 20 miles northeast on State 4.
The two sequoia groves in Calaveras Big Trees State Park are the northernmost groves easily accessible to visitors.