Calaveras Big Tree State Park

California's Calaveras Big TreesCalaveras Trees State Park is located on the western slope of the Sierra Nevada about 20 miles east of Angels Camp off California Highway 4. Calaveras Big Trees State Park provides sanctuary to one the few remaining groves of Sierra redwoods. These magnificent trees once dominated the cone-bearing forests of Northern California. The park features two groves of some of the oldest living redwood trees in California. Calaveras offers hiking trails, picnic areas and a few campgrounds.

The Northern Sierra Miwok lived peacefully among the big trees of what is now Calaveras Big Trees State Park until the middle of the 19th century. In the foothills at lower elevations, the Miwok Indians hunted Tule elk and American Pronghorn antelope. They gathered numerous seed-producing grasses, and various forbes.

If you are planning a river trip on the North Fork of the Stanisluas river, this State Park is worth the visit. Many groups utilize the visitors center parking lot as a perfect location to get organized in the morning.

Visit the Calaveras Big Trees site for more information

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