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Calaveras Big Trees State Park

1170 Highway 4, Arnold, CA, CA 95223
+1 209-795-2334
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Incredible Winter Wonderland

We knew going in the winter might be a bit tricky, but it was amazing! There was only one other... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
EducatedByEspresso
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Fort Worth, Texas
Walking with giants!

We visited the park on whim, during a ski trip and we are so glad we did! We only wished we had... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Serena L
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Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia
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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.
  • Excellent80%
  • Very good17%
  • Average2%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible0%
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“north grove” (91 reviews)
“visitor center” (49 reviews)
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1170 Highway 4, Arnold, CA, CA 95223
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+1 209-795-2334
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"north grove"
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"visitor center"
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"stanislaus river"
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"beaver creek"
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"trail guide"
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"pioneer cabin"
in 9 reviews
"mile loop"
in 13 reviews
"largest tree"
in 4 reviews
"awe inspiring"
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"winter wonderland"
in 5 reviews
"longer hike"
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"gift shop"
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"warming hut"
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"big stump"
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"mother nature"
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"entrance fee"
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We knew going in the winter might be a bit tricky, but it was amazing! There was only one other person in the park and it was lightly raining and snowing. You cannot walk around as much as you could during warmer seasons, but the...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We visited the park on whim, during a ski trip and we are so glad we did! We only wished we had budgeted more time to explore ! The trees will take your breath away with their beauty and size and make you feel very...More

1  Thank Serena L
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Calaveras Big Trees State Park in winter is breathtakingly beautiful. The tall redwood trees covered in snow with the green leaves peaking out, the large sequoia trees looking majestic on the white snow carpet, the inviting “Warming Hut” where volunteers serve coffee/hot chocolate and the...More

2  Thank Hema_gvk
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Reviewed 9 March 2018

I'm always surprised when people talk about Muir Woods north of San Francisco and the "size" of the redwoods there. People travel from around the world to experience California's Big Trees and for some odd reason they think they're seeing them when they visit Muir...More

2  Thank Shiloh8912
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Reviewed 28 February 2018

We have visited this park many times and it never disappoints. The accessible trail is great for all ages and offers many impressive and unique sequoias. In the summer, be sure to cool off in the Stanislaus River or in Big Trees Creek. In the...More

Thank AlexWB38
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Reviewed 23 February 2018 via mobile

We have been here a few times. Love the groves of trees, easy paths to the groves and lovely spots along the creek & river. We spent several hours here each time and always learned a lot and were amazed by the awesome trees. A...More

3  Thank Ally G
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Reviewed 13 February 2018 via mobile

This state park is beautiful! The rangers and volunteers provide great programs for kids and adults. Nice fishing and amazing hiking trails with awesome trees. Definitely a must visit location in the California mountains.

Thank Mike B
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Reviewed 2 February 2018

We took the easy 1.6 mile walk on the North Grove - Big Tree Trail, behind the Visitor Center. Pay the 50 cents for the trail map that has 26 stops to describe the trees and surrounding area. You will learn so much more then...More

1  Thank JDtravel4fun
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Reviewed 24 January 2018

I almost hate to write a review so the place stays the gem that it is. Only a few visitors when we toured the park. It is absolutely incredible here. It's a little off the beaten path so there is not the people here like...More

2  Thank R S
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Reviewed 3 January 2018

This is excellent place for adults and kids.The north trail is worth walking with kids takes about 2 hours if you read every thing about trees. you see 3500 year old trees, man made disasters .Carry some water if walking in summer

Thank ejsarma
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annemck2016
27 February 2018|
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Response from JTeruelJax | Reviewed this property |
In my personal opinion nothing compares to the Grove at Mariposa. Is a shame it is closed. However, Calaveras is a very good second option. Not sure what your hiking limitations are. Be aware there is a bit of a hike to... More
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Virulana
25 July 2017|
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Response from Helen T | Reviewed this property |
Yes, it is really obvious which way to go from the car park. There are maps to show the routes and then clear markers.
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