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The Forest of Nisene Marks State Park

Contact Information

(831) 763-7063

Park Hours

Sunrise to Sunset

Driving Directions to The Forest of Nisene Marks SP

The park is four miles north of Aptos on Aptos Creek Road.

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Camping and Lodging

Online reservations are not available, please call the park for further options.

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Upcoming Park Events

No events scheduled at this moment.


The park offers rugged semi-wilderness, rising from sea level to steep coastal mountains of more than 2,600 feet. Once the site of logging operations until the 1920s, visitors can still find evidence of logging operations, mill sites and trestles in the park. The land was donated to the state by the Marks family in 1963.

With over 30 miles of trails, hiking, jogging and biking are some of the activities to be enjoyed here. Picnic tables and barbecue pits are available. A trail camp is located six miles from the nearest parking lot.

Dogs are allowed only along the entrance road and in the picnic areas and must be on a leash no longer than six feet at all times.

Location - Directions

The park is four miles north of Aptos on Aptos Creek Road.

Seasons - Climate - Recommended clothing

The weather can be changeable; layered clothing is recommended.

About the park

This park is on land that was clear-cut during a forty-year logging frenzy fom 1883 to 1923. When the loggers left the Aptos Canyon, the forest began to heal itself and now the scars grow fainter with each passing year. The Forest of Nisene marks is a monument to forest regeneration and the future - it is a forest in the state of becoming.

ACTIVITIES IN THE FOREST OF NISENE MARKS STATE PARK

Located off State Park Drive Exit up Aptos Creek Road (831)464-5620

We Dig the trails! Volunteer with the Trail Crew!
visit
www.advocatesfnm.org, for details.
The Nisene Marks Volunteer Trail Crew has helped make it possible for others to safely enjoy the beauty of our park. The Trail Crew meets the third Sunday of each month, rain or shine. A typical workday lasts until mid-afternoon. Please bring your own work gloves, lunch and water. Join us for a unique perspective of the Forest of Nisene Marks State Park and enjoy a lively and productive experience with others who share a love of these redwood forests, and the satisfaction of participating in a vital part of the park's ability to educate and inspire the public! Join us on Sunday, September 16th, 9:30AM at the entry kiosk. For more information please contact www.advocatesfnm.org

Sponsored by the Advocates of Nisene Marks and the Nisene Marks Trail Crew

August Activities Schedule

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September Activities Schedule

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Let us be your guide on an adventure like no other…

California State Parks Guided Backpacking Adventures

1 Night Trip: Saturday, August 1 to Sunday, August 2

            From Big Basin Redwoods State Park to Waddell Beach

            Cost $80

(Mandatory Pre-Meeting: Monday, July 13 from 6:30 pm to 8 pm)

3 Night Trip: Friday, August 21 to Monday, August 24

            From Castle Rock State Park to Waddell Beach

(Mandatory Pre-Meeting: Wednesday, August 5 from 6:30 pm to 8 pm)

Cost $190

Who better to lead you through our parks than California State Park professionals? Travel from spectacular ridgelines, through old growth redwood forests, to sandy shores with our knowledgeable team of naturalists. Imagine if the Santa Cruz Mountains could speak, and the stories they could tell. Our guides will share the secrets of this precious wilderness and give you a window into the lives of the people who lived here for thousands of years. There is no limit to the personal growth and amazing natural beauty you will experience on your backcountry adventure. For both trips, space is extremely limited   Sign up is on a first-come, first-served basis. Register by calling Cathryn Boult at Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks (831) 429-1840 or emailing cathryn@thatsmypark.org. For more detailed information please call (831) 335-6391 or (831) 427-2288 or visit www.thatsmypark.org.

1 Night, 2 Day Trip from August 1 to August 2:

Route: You will begin at Jay Camp, Big Basin Redwoods State Park and travel along the Skyline to Sea Trail and arrive at Waddell Beach, 17 miles North of Santa Cruz on Hwy 1. This trip is approximately 13 miles long, with a net elevation change of 1,000 feet. We will be hiking no more than 8 miles per day. Families are welcome, but please no children under the age of 13. All children must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.

 

Transportation: You will be required to organize your own transportation for both drop off and pick up.

Cost: $80

*You will be responsible for providing your own food and gear

 

3 Night, 4 Day Trip from August 21 to August 24

Route: You will begin at Castle Rock State Park and travel through the mountains, eventually arriving at Waddell Beach, 17 miles North of Santa Cruz on Hwy 1. This adventure is approximately 30 miles long with a net elevation change of 3,000 feet. We will be hiking no more than 10 miles per day. Families are welcome, but please no children under the age of 13. All children must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.

Transportation: You will be required to organize your own transportation for both drop off and pick up.

Cost: $190

*You will be responsible for providing your own food and gear


Available Activities and Facilities at The Forest of Nisene Marks State Park

OVERNIGHT FACILITIES
Environmental Campsites
TRAIL USE
Hiking Trails
DAY-USE ACTIVITIES & FACILITIES
Historical/Cultural Site
Picnic Areas
Interpretive Exhibits
Geocaching
OTHER FACILITIES & VISITOR INFORMATION
Parking
Restrooms