AAA Editor Notes
Big Basin Redwoods State Park is 9 mi. n.w. on SR 236. Covering more than 18,000 acres, the park was established in 1902 as California's first state park. Some of the trees it protects, including a stand of coast redwoods, have attained a diameter of 18 feet and a height of 330 feet.
Trails for hikers and equestrians, waterfalls and a chance to spot wildlife such as deer, raccoons, egrets and herons draw nature lovers. Among the 80 miles of trails is the Redwood Trail, an easy, half-mile nature hike leading to some of the park's tallest trees; the trail begins near the park headquarters. A natural history museum is on the grounds. Camping supplies and naturalist services are available June through October.
Pets on leash are allowed. Recreational activities are permitted. Camping is permitted. Picnicking is permitted. Food is available. Time: Allow 2 hours minimum.