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Big Basin Redwoods State Park - Things to Know Before Visiting

21600 Big Basin Way, Boulder Creek, CA 95006, USA

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About Big Basin Redwoods State Park

Big Basin Redwoods State Park is the oldest state park in California The park contains almost all of the Waddell Creek watershed, which was formed by the seismic uplift of its rim, and the erosion of its center by the many streams in its bowl-shaped depression. The park has many waterfalls, a wide variety of environments (from lush canyon bottoms to sparse chaparral-covered slopes), many animals and abundant bird life – including Steller's jays, egrets, herons and acorn woodpeckers.


Attractions Near Big Basin Redwoods State Park

Butano State Park
Butano State Park6.98km from Big Basin Redwoods State Park

This is a state park of California showcasing a secluded redwood-filled canyon. The park features miles of hiking trails, 21 drive-in campsites, and 18 walk-in campsites, restrooms and more. Guided nature walk and weekend campfire programs are offered during the summer.

Año Nuevo State Park
Año Nuevo State Park7.27km from Big Basin Redwoods State Park

Año Nuevo State Park is a state park of California which are known for their pinniped rookeries. Located in San Mateo County. The reserve contains a diversity of plant communities, including old growth forest, freshwater marsh, red alder riparian forest and knobcone pine forest.

Portola Redwoods State Park
Portola Redwoods State Park11.46km from Big Basin Redwoods State Park

This is a state park that was located in San Mateo county. There are so many things to see in and around the park and are the park's primary watercourses, and feature numerous tributaries. It includes hiking trails, a small car-camping campground of about 50 campsites, four group campsites, and 6 trail sites at Slate Creek Trail Camp. Portola Redwoods State Park is also home to the site of Page shingle Mill.

Pescadero Creek Park
Pescadero Creek Park11.81km from Big Basin Redwoods State Park

Pescadero Creek Park is located near Loma Mar and is operated by the San Mateo County Department of Parks. The park complex of 8,020 acres also includes the neighboring Memorial, Sam McDonald and Heritage Grove parks. The park borders Portola Redwoods State Park with seamless trails, and connects to Big Basin Redwoods State Park via a trail easement across private lands.

Memorial County Park
Memorial County Park12.64km from Big Basin Redwoods State Park

This is a forested retreat not far from the coast. Many campsites in Memorial Park Campground are among the redwood trees and all sites are within easy walking distance of Pescadero Creek. A swimming hole there is popular in the summer. There are also group sites, some of them designated for youth groups. Reservations for all campsites can be made for up a year in advance. A seasonal camp store is located near the park entrance.

Pigeon Point Lighthouse
Pigeon Point Lighthouse12.7km from Big Basin Redwoods State Park

It is a lighthouse built in 1871 to guide ships on the Pacific coast of California. It is the tallest lighthouse in the area. It is still an active Coast Guard aid to navigation. The lighthouse is also listed on the National Register of Historic Places and designated as a California Historical Landmark.

Where is Big Basin Redwoods State Park

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San Mateo County
San Mateo County
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just south of San Francisco and home to the world-renowned Mavericks surfing competition. The county seat is Redwood City. he county's built-up areas are mostly suburban with some areas being very urban, and are home to several corporate campuses.

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