Do you want to know a fun fact about California's Big Basin Redwoods State Park? Well, it's pretty special because it's the OLDEST state park in the entire state! The park was established in 1902, and stretches from sea level to over 2000ft above. The terrains here range from almost tropical canyons and raging waterfalls to sparse and almost arid slopes. It's pretty amazing!
Of course, the highlight of Big Basin Redwoods State Park has to be the ancient coast redwoods. Found in the heart of the Santa Cruz Mountains, some of these redwoods are taller than the Statue of Liberty, and date up to 2,500 years old!
Some of the redwoods predate the Roman Empire. How is that for perspective?
There's certainly scope for some terrific exploration here, with natural wildlife and mini beasts in abundance.
A great place to start your adventure is at park headquarters for guidance before anything else, especially if you're planning on doing a hike or bike trail with kids. There are over 80 miles worth to choose from and as indicated even parallel routes can vary tremendously.
There are equestrian trails as well as the hike and bike trail, plus a smattering of camping opportunities. There are a number of waterfalls to enjoy, and keep your eyes open for the local wildlife, including raccoons, bobcats, deer, and a host of bird life.
It's time to see history in nature, at the largest continuous strand of ancient coast redwoods south of San Francisco.
Make sure you take your camera!
The park is 25 miles northwest of Santa Cruz via Highways 9 and 236 and about 65 miles south of San Francisco. All roads into Big Basin are curvy. From Hwy 9 in the town of Boulder Creek, turn north onto Hwy 236 and Park Headquarters is 9 miles down the highway. The Rancho Del Oso coastal unit of Big Basin is accessible via Highway 1, about 20 miles north of the city of Santa Cruz.Get directions
$10.00 parking for the HQ area
Same as adult
They offer a variety of free interpretive programs throughout the year. Check them out on the website and put them in the diary!
There are accessible picnic areas, as well as parking, campsites, and some trails.
Make sure you prepare for inclement weather !