Big Basin Redwoods State Park Guide

 Big Basin Redwoods State Park Guide

Located approximately 22 miles northwest of Santa Cruz and engulfing over 18,000 acres of land, Big Basin Redwoods State Park is one of the most captivating Parks in California. It offers nature fanatics a haven where they can enjoy a short escape.

The park hosts some of the largest and tallest redwood trees in the globe. Most trees soar over 300 feet and measure over 50 feet in circumference. In short, the majestic Redwoods have to be seen to be believed.

Although the park is famed for coastal redwood trees it’s not unusual to spot some knobcone pines plus a dozen other native tree species.

Established at the turn of the 20th century, Big Basin Redwoods State Park offers over 80 miles of hiking trails. The trails lead to incredible redwood groves and paths wind through giant trees, creeks, as well as waterfalls.

Beyond the dazzling hiking trails, Big Basin Redwoods State Park offers incredible bird spotting opportunities, impressive camping grounds, and fascinating picnic spots.

Here are some of the things you can do in the park;

Go Camping

Detach from the rest of the world and escape to the woods for a moment of rejuvenating. Whether you’re looking for an opportunity to reconnect with nature or you’re yearning for some digital detox. This park will offer you some ultimate peace and tranquility.

In fact, even though Big Basin Redwoods State Park is conveniently located just a few miles from the bustling town of Santa Cruz, cell reception is almost non-existent. And this makes the park a great spot for a brief weekend getaway.

Although no two campsites are the same, you can expect to pay around $35 per night.

Take a hike or nature walk

Whether you want to stroll through the woods at a leisurely walking pace or you’re armed to conquer the famed ‘Sky to the Sea’ trail. Or eager to brave through the popular Sequoia Trail which stretches four miles into the dense forest, the park is ripe for exploration and you’re free to choose how.

The routes vary in degree of difficulty. But all the trails are rated from easy, moderate, and strenuous. This helps you settle for a trail that best suits your fitness level and preference.

The Redwoods Loop Trail situated near the Visitor Center acts as an interpretive trail. And it’s a great place to start as it gives you tidbits of information regarding the redwoods ecosystem.

It will cost you $10 to park no too far from the trailhead. But you can get away with free parking if you park further away from the entrance of the park.

Bird watching

The lush redwood canopy is home to different wildlife species but bird watching is particularly popular. You can sit in the picnic areas and watch as egrets and Steller’s jays wander around.

Finally yet importantly, not unless you want to intentionally get lost in the woods, be sure to stop by the visitor center to get the park’s map highlighting the renowned trails.

Also, the ranger station at the visitor center offers great trails descriptions and information boards giving you a glimpse into the park’s intriguing history.

Christine Dempsey