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Calaveras Big Trees State Park

1170 Highway 4, Arnold, CA, CA 95223
+1 209-795-2334
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World-Class State Park

As one privileged to serve as a docent in the Park, I find this incredibly special place to be on... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Christine Too
Murphys, California
Go out of your way for this one!

Cannot describe the awe I felt at this place!!! I have not been to Sequoia or Kings Canyon but... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Fuquay-Varina, North Carolina
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Home of the giant sequoias called "Tree Giants," and a great place for family camping. Park entrance is located near Arnold, California.
  • Excellent79%
  • Very good18%
  • Average2%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible0%
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“north grove” (69 reviews)
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1170 Highway 4, Arnold, CA, CA 95223
+1 209-795-2334

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Reviewed yesterday

As one privileged to serve as a docent in the Park, I find this incredibly special place to be on par with many of California's and the Nation's unique and remarkable public spaces. Being in the company of these giants of the forest places me...More

Thank Christine Too
Reviewed yesterday

Cannot describe the awe I felt at this place!!! I have not been to Sequoia or Kings Canyon but this 'out of the way' place was practically devoid of people and awe inspiring. The South Grove was a drive and a long walk to see...More

Thank mdayrealtor
Reviewed yesterday

Nature supersized! To walk amongst these giants is such an incredible feeling. We spent a wonderful day hiking around the area...picked up some good pamphlets and maps that gave us information and description of the amazing sights we saw. The kids loved the open space...there...More

Thank Dawn_SCA
Reviewed 4 days ago

This park doesn't have the crowds of Mariposa Grove (currently closed for renovation) but that isn't its only advantage. The redwoods here are scattered among thousands of other trees in a natural setting--and unlike other parks, can be closely approached and examined. And: the trees...More

Thank Peter G
Reviewed 4 days ago

My husband and I stopped here on our vacation so we wandered about this park. The sleet we experienced on that day didn't deter from the awe inspiring beauty of the trees! This is a lovely way to spend an afternoon!

Thank Crystal G
Reviewed 5 days ago

We got there in the afternoon on a Saturday. It was difficult to find a place to park. BUT, the trees are wonderful and worth the effort. Both groves are places to go!

Thank sndovale
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We enjoyed a very nice hike on the North Grove Trail. It was an interpretive trail which provide a lot of information about the Giant Sequoias here. The trail was easy to follow and with the guide book a lot of information provided. There are...More

Thank EJL545
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

You've been to Yosemite NP in the summer months? Then you'll know what I'm talking about. There are one or two other places in the Sierra Nevada, places where you can still choose your path! You'll find that Calaveras Big Trees StP is one of...More

Thank Ulrich K
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Because the Mariposa grove is closed in Yosemite, we headed to Calaveras to see the giant sequoias. It was an absolutely beautiful outing. The visitor center was very clean and informative and the gift shop was great. Make sure to buy a brochure for your...More

1  Thank Laura S
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We stopped on the way down to Yosemite NP, because we heard the Mariposa Grove was closed in Yosemite. The hike through the North Grove was definitely worth it. Plenty of giant trees to marvel at. We saw a couple woodpeckers and some deer crossed...More

Thank divinity321
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Tom H
Hi, how long does it take to reach the south grove from the park entrance? We will be driving in from Tahoe and returning the same day. I hope to arrive by 9 AM and depart by 4 PM. My thought is to spend our time exploring the south grove instead of spending time in the car driving between north and south groves. Am I missing anything by not seeing the North Grove?
12 May 2017|
Response from Tom H |
We will be there early August.
Hello - we will be traveling into the Oakland airport from the east coast, arriving around 6pm local time, with our 3 young-ish kids. We would like to spend the next day at this park before heading down to Yosemite. Any advice on what town to stay in the night of our arrival? We will have had a long day of travel already (operating on east coast time)... but we'd like to cover some distance between Oakland and this park that night. This will be in early April. Any advice would be welcome! Thanks in advance!
24 February 2017|
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Response from NevadaHudson | Reviewed this property |
If you are on vacation, and want to stay somewhere nice and picturesque , try Sonora which fits all those, and you can take hwy 120 from there straight to Yosemite.
Hi, We are traveling to San Fransisco in the new few weeks and really want to see the giant sequoias. Is Calaveras Big Tree State Park the best option from San Fransisco? Also, I read that there have been some weather closing recently (the "North Groove" is closed), would we still be able to see the giant sequoias and how hard are they to get to? Thanks!
22 January 2017|
Response from NevadaHudson | Reviewed this property |
The larger South Grove was still open which is MUCH better. There is a lot of snow there now, so check on their web site.