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Forest of Nisene Marks State Park

Aptos, CA
+1 831-763-7063
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Enjoy the redwood forest

This forest is the most recent state park acquisition back in 1963. Rich in history hunting... read more

Reviewed 8 September 2017
daveO2177DJ
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Aptos, California
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Great place to take a walk

Biking, walking. Pet friendly with a creek along the way. Beautiful trees, many paths to choose... read more

Reviewed 7 September 2017
Cher W
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The location of 1989's devastating earthquake.
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Reviewed September 8, 2017 via mobile

This forest is the most recent state park acquisition back in 1963. Rich in history hunting timbering and now tourism. You can hike right in I recommend the old growth loop about a mile and a half through the creek beautiful and if you're a...More

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Reviewed September 7, 2017

Biking, walking. Pet friendly with a creek along the way. Beautiful trees, many paths to choose from. Cool when it's hot. Mountain biking with rides to the top to bike down.

Thank Cher W
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Reviewed September 3, 2017 via mobile

My kids really enjoyed hiking in Nisene Marks. I had not been there since the mid80s and I was happy to see that it was as beautiful as I remember. We did have a hard time following the trail behind the entry station, it was...More

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Reviewed August 5, 2017 via mobile

Regardless do the length of hike you are interested in, you'll find it here. Some trails are short and pretty easy. Others are average or pretty long. My friend and I opted for something in between. We had an awesome time hiking for 7 miles...More

Thank Virginia T
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Reviewed August 4, 2017

Hike through a redwood forest that was logged out from the late nineteenth century until 1940 to build San Francisco. And when they were done it was a wasteland - so they donated it to the State of California. What happened? The forest regenerated itself...More

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Reviewed August 3, 2017

I visited Nisene Marks Forest after visiting Big Basin and Henry Cowell. There were stern warning signs at the entrance to the Nisene trails, warning of Ticks in the area. I was very disappointed but just didn't want to take the risk, after visiting the...More

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Reviewed July 15, 2017 via mobile

This is a MUST for anyone who likes or needs to hike easy trails and get away from noise. It isn't an easy place to find. But you'll be rewarded with beautiful scenery.

Thank Ed S
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Reviewed July 14, 2017 via mobile

This is a great place to relax. It seems everybody talks quietly in the presence of magnificent redwoods. We didn't go off onto any trails because our time was restricted but the road was still a lovely walk and we had a picnic in a...More

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Reviewed July 12, 2017

This park offers all kinds of trails for hiking and all around enjoying nature. We did not hike some of the really intense trails as we had a range of family members from tots to grand parents. Pick up a map at the entrance. It...More

Thank Maria S
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Reviewed June 21, 2017

Hiking trails are not well groomed, so you need to be ready to hike on the trails. A casual stroll can be taken on the fire road. I didn't have much time to explore, but it appears that you could spend a couple of days...More

Thank Scott J
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Response from Judith B | Reviewed this property |
You can drive through many parts of Nisene Marks State Park, though the bigger redwoods are in Big Basin. There is a loop path next to the Big Basin Ranger Station that is set up for level walking and is ok for wheelchairs... More
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As far as I know. However, must be leashed. " Beautiful redwoods Photo by Scott Broecker      Click to switch pictures View all 14 photos Rating:  Description: Up and down hiking through redwoods with creek... More
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