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Calaveras Big Trees State Park

I highly recommend visiting Calaveras Big Trees State Park. It’s a great state park for kids and offers so many places to stop and learn about the trees. Calaveras has two entrances. The entrances are about 20 minutes apart from each other. On our first visit a few years back, we hiked on both sides, and that is precisely what we did this second time again! Double hike in a day, why not? Here, I provide more information on both sides of the park with some fantastic images of how amazing the trees look.

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Calaveras Trees State Park

North Grove Trail 

The North Grove Trail is kid-friendly, only a 1.5-mile loop. You’ll want to grab the guide as it gives you a history of each tree; there are so many amazing Sequoias to see here! This is the most visited site.

If you’ve never seen a Sequoia at Sequoia National Park, this is the closest you can come to it, as Sequoias are known to be the most enormous trees ever, and they are so huge!

Calaveras Trees State Park

South Grove Trail 

Second, the South Grove is more for hiking than the North Grove for exploring. We did a 4-mile hike with a fantastic creek to relax at. The views here are breathtaking, it’s quieter, and we spend half the time chasing butterflies.

This trail displays meadows, creeks, trees, and much more. This beautiful creek below is known as Beaver Creek. The color of the creek, plus the formation of the rocks, looked so interesting to me.

The bridge made for an even more fantastic view. I’m always fascinated by the creation of nature next to the creation of something man-made that allows for a more accessible way to access all the beauty of places like these.

Calaveras Trees State Park

Calaveras Big Trees State Park – Arnold, California

Calaveras Big Trees State Park is located in Arnold, California. There is a $10 entrance fee to enter the park. You can also camp here during the summertime. It is near the Sierra Nevada, located off Highway 4.

I have never been here during the fall or winter seasons, but I have heard how great it looks, covered in snow. I would recommend this state park, especially if you have never seen the world’s giant trees, the Sequoias!

Calaveras Trees State Park

Read: [What Hiking Can Do For You and Your Mental Health].

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