With more than 80 miles of trails and endless redwood forest, the park's 18,000-plus acres of mixed conifer, oak, chaparral, and riparian habitat are a nature-lover's dream.

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Expert Review of Big Basin Redwoods State Park

Parks and Outdoors Review of Big Basin Redwoods State Park

Away Travel Expert: Ann Marie Brown
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ParksExpert Rating 5.0 out of 5 Recommended for:
Birding,Camping,Day Hiking
Parks and OutdoorsExpert Tips & Helpful Hints
  • Big Basin Redwoods State Park is a shady redwood-filled haven where city-weary folks go to escape the heat and hurry-scurry of Santa Cruz and San Jose. The park's campgrounds are so popular that advance reservations are a requirement in the summer months. In addition to the typical tent and RV sites, the park has 35 tent cabins with cots and wood stoves.
  • Big Basin Redwoods State Park was established in 1902 as California's first state park, and it remains one of the finest. The park's most popular trail is the 10.6-mile round-trip to Berry Creek Falls, a photogenic 60-foot cataract surrounded by dense redwoods. Two other waterfalls, Silver and Golden, lie only 1.5 miles farther. You can complete a 12-mile loop and see all three.
  • Mountain bikers are permitted to ride on some fire roads in the park. A favorite of families and beginning riders is the Skyline to the Sea Trail from the coast at Waddell Beach to the vicinity of Berry Creek Falls. Bring a bike lock so you can chain up your bike and walk the final stretch to the glistening falls.

Santa Cruz Mountains
21600 Big Basin Way
Boulder Creek, California 95006

Visitor Information

Telephone Number: 831-338-8860
The details, dates, and prices mentioned here were accurate at the time of publication.

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