Calaveras Big Trees State Park

Phone Number

(209) 795-2334

Max. Trailer Lengths

Trailer: Up to 30 Feet
Camper/Motorhome: Up to 30 Feet

Park Hours

Day Use: 6 a.m. - 7 p.m. 
Camping: All Hours, March through November

Dogs Allowed?

Yes
Dogs allowed only in campgrounds and on fire roads.

Driving Directions to Calaveras Big Trees SP

The park is northeast of Stockton, four miles northeast of Arnold on Highway 4.
From SF Bay Area:
Take I-580 eastbound over Altamont Pass to I-205 toward Manteca, to US 99 North. Take the exit for State Hwy 4 Eastbound (Angel's Camp) to the Park Entrance. Hwy 4 makes a jog to the right in Angel's Camp along State Hwy 49, then jogs left just before leaving town. Calaveras Big Trees is about 35 minutes driving from Angel's Camp.
From Southern California:
Take either I-5 or US 99 North. From I-5 you can cross to the other side of Stockton on State Hwy 4 to 99/4 South a few miles, then follow Hwy 4 towards and beyond Farmington to the Park. Hwy 4 makes a jog right in Angel's Camp, then jogs left just before leaving town. Calaveras Big Trees is about 35 minutes driving time from Angel's Camp.
From Sacramento:
Take US 99 South to Stockton, turning off onto State Hwy 4 towards and beyond Farmington to the Park (through Angel's Camp). Driving time to the Park from Stockton is approx. 1 hour and 30 minutes. An alternate route is to take State Hwy 16 southeast to State Hwy 49 South through the goldrush towns to Angel's Camp, making a left turn on the far side of town on State Hwy 4 to the Park. Driving time from Angel's Camp is approximately 35 minutes.
From Nevada:
Take US 395 to State Hwy 89 West to the terminus of State Hwy 4, up over Ebbett's Pass to the Park. The road is closed in Winter. It's very scenic, but so steep and tortuous that trailers and large motorhomes are ill-advised to use it.

Camping and Lodging

Visitors will be able to reserve campsites and lodging six months in advance from the current date. Bookings may extend from the arrival date to the desired departure date – based on availability and the park’s maximum stay rules.

Upcoming Park Events

No events scheduled at this moment.

OVERNIGHT FACILITIES
Environmental Campsites
Family Campsites
Group Campsites
Lodging
RV Access
TRAIL USE
Bike Trails
Hiking Trails
DAY-USE ACTIVITIES & FACILITIES
Historical/Cultural Site
Picnic Areas
Env. Learning/Visitor Center
Exhibits and Programs
Fishing
Guided Tours
Interpretive Exhibits
Beach Area
Swimming
Nature & Wildlife Viewing
Museums
Family Programs
Geocaching
OTHER FACILITIES & VISITOR INFORMATION
Restrooms / Showers
Restrooms
Outdoor Showers
Drinking Water Available

Be Bear Aware! 

Bear with open mouth lying a wooded area

Bears are incredibly smart and resourceful.

Lock all scented items out of site.
Store food in bear resistant storage lockers at all times.
Dispose of trash in bear resistant dumpsters.
Never approach a bear.

For your safety and the bears, the park has strict regulations in place. There is zero tolerance for non-compliance. Failure to follow these rules, a violation of Title 14 CCR 4323(b), may result in confiscation of property, ejection from the park, and up to a $1000 fine.

Visit www.parks.ca.gov/CBTBears for additional information


Calaveras Big Trees Trail

Welcome to Calaveras Big Trees State Park

Established in 1931, Calaveras Big Trees State Park preserves two groves of giant sequoias - the world's largest trees - in the North and South Groves. The park is a mixed-conifer forest (a variety of trees living together). In addition to the giant trees, you will find the Stanislaus River, Beaver Creek, ancient volcanic formations, and natural meadows. Trails throughout the park allow you to discover the natural beauty that has awed visitors to the area since 1852.

 

Educational Resources

Distance Learning

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Download the Home Learning Packet for Parents and Teachers. 

 

 

 

Visitor Alert: Calaveras Big Trees SP is experiencing an increase in yellow jacket activity because of drought conditions. Yellow jackets nest in the ground and may become very territorial if these nests are disturbed. It is important to always stay on marked trails and properly store food unless actively eating to minimize interaction and stinging.