AAA Editor Notes
Calaveras Big Trees State Park is 4 mi. e. on SR 4. Within its 6,500 acres are impressive stands of Sierra redwoods and giant sequoias. Hiking trails wind through the groves of trees. Interpretive programs are offered in summer; in winter conditions are favorable for snowshoeing and cross-country skiing.
The park's most iconic tree was the Pioneer Cabin Tree, a massive giant sequoia more than a thousand years old. A tunnel was carved through the base of the tree's trunk more than a century ago; cars and riders on horseback passed through it over the years, but in more recent decades only hikers were permitted. Cutting a tunnel into a living sequoia damages the tree over time, and in January 2017 a powerful winter storm felled the landmark and tourist attraction.
Pet friendly (call for restrictions/fees.). Recreational activities are permitted. Camping is permitted. Picnicking is permitted.