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The park’s 80 miles of trails and roads lead past ancient trees, sparkling waterfalls, and abundant wildlife in habitats that range from lush canyon bottoms to chaparral-covered slopes. Common creatures include deer, raccoons, bobcats, and lots of bird life, including egrets, herons, woodpeckers, and Steller’s jays.
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Campgrounds are scattered throughout the park, with 142 standard, tent-only, group, and walk-in sites, and 5 trail camps. Reservations are usually needed; they can be made for most campsites by clicking the reservations link at the top of the page or calling 1(800) 444-7275.

See the links at right for park facilities, including the Nature Lodge museum and the headquarters visitor center. Except in December and January, you can purchase supplies and souvenirs at the General Store or the Gift Shop.

Walks, talks, and crafts programs are offered every month, as well as naturalist-led backpacking adventures in the summer. Check out all the options on the park’s bustling activity schedule. 
  
To find your way among all the trails and attractions, you’ll need a map. There’s one in the park brochure, which you can find online in Spanish or English or at the park headquarters. Docents and a multimedia kiosk in the visitor center provide additional information about trails, activities, and natural and cultural history.
  
The coastal Rancho del Oso Nature and History Center offers exhibits and guided tours; call (831) 427-2288. In addition, there’s a small ranger station and interpretive center on the Skyline to the Sea Trail about a mile in from the Rancho del Oso entrance. 
   
If you have an hour, enjoy the 0.6 mile Redwood Loop Trail. This classic walk showcases some of the park’s largest trees, including the Father of the Forest (circumference 66 feet 9 inches, height 250 feet) and the Mother of the Forest (circumference 70 feet, historic height 329 feet, current height 293 feet). A peek inside the towering Chimney Tree reveals a core completely hollowed out by fires. Located across the parking lot from the visitor center, the trail is wheelchair- and stroller-accessible. 
   
If you have half a day, hike a 4-mile loop on the Sequoia and Skyline to the Sea trails. The route leads to a platform overlooking exquisite Sempervirens Falls, then up the broad slope of Slippery Rock to a junction with the Skyline to the Sea Trail. This stretch of Skyline to the Sea passes the site of a pioneer family cabin in the skyscraping redwood forest along Opal Creek.  
   
If you have a full day, head to Berry Creek Falls, a 10.5-mile roundtrip hike. Along the way, you’ll see huge coast redwoods and four spectacular waterfalls. Be prepared for a workout, too, with an elevation change of 2,150 feet.

ACCESSIBILITY

Camping
Blooms Creek Campground: Five campsites are accessible. Restrooms and showers are accessible. Some restrooms have adjacent accessible parking. Routes of travel between campsites and restrooms are generally accessible, and distances from sites are all within 150 feet.

Sempervirens Campground: Three campsites are accessible. Parking, routes, and water stations are accessible. Restroom is accessible.

Huckleberry Campground: Two campsites are accessible. Parking and routes are accessible.

Tent Cabins: Three accessible tent cabins in Huckleberry have sloped entry ramps that may require assistance. Restrooms with showers are accessible. Each cabin has a parking spur with generally firm but unpaved surfaces. Route of travel to ramps is flat and usable.

Alder Creek Trail Camp: This hike-in only campground has 4 accessible campsites and an accessible restroom. No other amenities such as water, tables, or showers are provided. The route is a dirt road approximately 1 mile long starting at the Rancho del Oso parking lot. There is a small farm along the road with vehicles actively using the road. One section of the road has a slope of approximately 10%-15% for 100 yards. The road is muddy during wet periods.

Sequoia Group Camp: One group site is accessible. Restrooms with showers are accessible and include van accessible parking.
   
Picnic Areas
The main picnic area has about 15 accessible picnic tables. Accessible parking and routes of travel to six sites are available. The restroom in the main parking lot and picnic area and the routes of travel to them are accessible.

Statue of Responsibility tree: two accessible picnic sites and accessible parking with an accessible restroom near the adjacent Park Headquarters building.

Rancho del Oso: Accessible picnic tables, restroom and water are provided at the Rancho del Oso office. The trailhead for the Alder Creek Trail Camp is located in the parking lot.
   
Trails
Big Basin’s most popular hike, the Redwood Loop Trail is a 0.6 mile loop through ancient redwoods near park headquarters. Accessible parking and restrooms nearby. The surface is compacted soil.

The Campground Connector Trail begins at the Blooms Creek Campground and provides accessible trail linkage to the Redwood Loop Trail and Park Headquarters. Accessible parking is available at both ends. An accessible campsite and bathroom is available near the trailhead in the Blooms Creek Campground. Trail length is 0.5 mile.

The Skyline to the Sea Trail: An accessible section of the Skyline to the Sea Trail extends from the headquarters area for approximately 0.3 mile. The trail is surfaced with compacted gravel and soil and has accessible parking at the trailhead, which serves both the Skyline to the Sea Trail and the Redwood Loop Trail. Accessible restrooms are located nearby.
   
Exhibits/Programs

The route to the visitor center, the adjacent park headquarters, and throughout the park’s core is accessible, but assistance may be needed with historic doors entering the store and exhibit rooms. The exhibits are generally accessible. An accessible restroom is located next to the Sempervirens Room and accessible parking spaces are nearby.

The Campfire Center and adjacent Opal Creek restroom are accessible. Take the Redwood Loop Trail to access the Campfire Center.
   
Other Accessible Attractions: Rancho del Oso, Horse Staging, and Ocean Overlook

Rancho del Oso/Waddell Creek Area: On the western edge of the park, accessible by vehicle from Highway 1, the Rancho del Oso Nature Center is accessible, including parking, restroom and picnic sites.

West of Highway 1 there is an ocean overlook parking area with accessible parking and restroom. Directly across Highway 1 to the east is an equestrian staging area that has accessible parking, restroom, and horse mounting platform.

BACKPACKING
  
BIKING
Mountain bikes are allowed on designated multi-use trails and fire/service roads only. Waddell Creek Trail (the bottom portion of the Skyline to Sea Trail), Gazos Creek Road, and Chalks Road are all rewarding routes. 

A free trail map is available in the park brochure, which you can find online or at the park headquarters. You can purchase a more detailed map at the park store.   

CAMPING
Big Basin has 142 family campsites, 4 group sites, tent cabins, and backcountry trail camps. For more information check out the campground map.

Make reservations for the family and group sites from the link on the home page or by calling 1-800-444-7275.
For trail camps or Rancho del Oso horse-camping information, call 831-338-8861. 
   
HIKING
Big Basin’s 80 miles of roads and trails introduce visitors not only to the redwoods, but to the park’s varied habitats and plants. Explore on your own, or try a guided hike.

A free trail map is available in the park
brochure, which you can find online or at the park headquarters. You can purchase a more detailed map at the park store.    
  
   Easy Hikes

   
   Moderate Hikes
   
   
  Strenuous Hike

   
  Backpacking   

HORSEBACK RIDING

Horses are allowed on designated equestrian and multi-use roads and trails, including the lower part of the Skyline to the Sea Trail. There’s an equestrian staging area at the park’s western edge, to the east of Highway 1. For details, see the map in the park brochure