Amazing Calaveras Big Trees State Park in California
As the longest continuously operated tourist facility in California, the incredible Calaveras Big Trees State Park continues to impress a generous number of visitors each year with its gorgeous groves of giant sequoia trees and conifer forests.
The area was declared a park in 1931, but it has been attracting plenty of attention ever since 1852, when the magnificent trees were discovered. Nowadays, the park consists of 6,498 acres, many of which were purchased in 1954 for $2.8 million as part of the South Calaveras Grove of Giant Sequoias. One of the most impressive attractions could be found in the park’s North Grove, which included the famous Discovery Tree noted by Augustus T. Dowd in 1852. Unfortunately, the tree was cut down in 1853 and only a large stump was left behind as a reminder. According to its ring count, this ancient tree was 1,224 years old, and what’s even more amazing is that it wasn’t even the largest in the forest. This title went to the “Mother of the Forest”, which was brought down in the mid-nineteenth century.
The South Grove includes a 5-mile long hiking trail that allows tourists to admire the sheer beauty of the trees up close. Other attractions include the Louis Agassiz tree, which is 250 feet tall as well as the Beaver Creek, Stanislaus River and two trails named Lava Bluff and Bradley.
There are also several campsites and picnic areas as well as plenty of opportunities for educational and engaging activities such as mountain biking, cross-country skiing, bird watching and many more. No wonder this place is so popular!