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.
Note: Portions of the park are closed due to storm damage; phone for updates. Natural history museum is under renovations.
Pet friendly (call for restrictions/fees.). Recreational activities are permitted. Camping is permitted. Picnicking is permitted. Food is available. Time: Allow 2 hours minimum.