Big Basin Redwoods State Park
Big Basin Redwoods State Park is California’s oldest State Park, established in 1902. Home to the largest continuous stand of ancient coast redwoods south of San Francisco, the park consists of over 18,000 acres of old growth redwood forest. Elevations in the park vary from sea level to over 2,000 feet. The climate ranges from foggy and damp near the ocean to sunny, warm, ridge tops.
The park features family and group camping, tent cabins, backpacking camps, hiking, mountain biking, and equestrian trails. The park is open year-round and reservations are encouraged during the summer. There are over 80 miles of trails. Be sure and pick up a map at park headquarters before your hike.
The park has a surprising number of waterfalls and a wide variety of environments. There are many animals here such as deer, raccoon, coyote, fox, mountain lion, and many bird species—and of course plenty of banana slugs.