Staying at Calaveras Big Trees State Park

There are many ways you can stay at Calaveras Big Trees State Park. We offer two regular campgrounds open to tenting or RVs (units up to 30 feet long) for dry camping (no hook ups). There are environmental campsites in the park that are separate from the regular campgrounds, and two group campsites that can accommodate large groups. There are also cabin rentals that will be available for the 2025 camping season. 

All our campsites are equipped with a picnic table, fire ring, and bear locker. A regular campsite will hold 8 people and one vehicle is paid for with the campsite fee. A second vehicle is permitted at the camp site and will incur a fee of $10 per night. Any more vehicles will be $10 per night and will be permitted to park in the campground’s overflow parking. 

We highly encourage making reservations to stay in the park, all of which are accessible through Reserve California  or at 800-444-PARK (7275) TTY: 800-274-7275. Reservations can be made 6 months to 48 hours ahead of time. 

All campgrounds/campsites are open May 1 - November 1. Only the North Grove Campground has limited sites available on a first-come, first-serve basis the remainder of the year. 


North Grove Campground       

The North Grove Campground is located in the heart of Calaveras Big Trees, near the park entrance and within walking distance of the North Grove of Giant Sequoias, the Visitor Center, and the Campfire Center. This campground, with sites 1-74, spreads through a mature conifer forest and encircles the North Grove Meadow. There are two mini group camp sites in the North Grove that offer double the capacity and amenities of a regular campsite. The campground includes restrooms, coin showers, and running water. 

The North Grove Campground also has a dump station for use by park campers or for a $20 fee for non-campers. 

Oak Hollow Campground

Oak Hollow Campground is located approximately 4 miles into the park along the main park road. Sites 75-129 are in a mature pine and oak forest, providing plenty of shade. The campground includes restrooms, coin showers, and running water. 

Environmental Campsites

Environmental Campsites are walk-in campsites away from the campgrounds. Three sites are located about 1.5 miles from the park entrance, and the other two are nine miles from the park entrance, near Beaver Creek. It is a short walk into each site. Each site has a picnic table, fire ring, pit toilet, and bear locker. There is no running water at these sites. 

 Group Campsites

There are two group campsites located across and up Highway 4 from the main park entrance. Upper Group Camp can accommodate 40 people and 15 vehicles and Lower Group Camp can accommodate 60 people and 20 vehicles. Both sites share restroom facilities that include coin showers and running water. All vehicle fees are paid for with the group campsite fee. 


Cabin Rentals

Closed until 2025.

If you’re not exactly the camping type, we have four cabins available for rent just across and up Highway 4 from the park entrance. Each cabin has a kitchen with basic kitchen appliances and tableware, a living room, two bedrooms and one bathroom, and will sleep 6-9 people, depending on your selection. Linens are NOT included with the cabin rental so you must bring your own towels and bedding. Two vehicles are paid for with the cabin rental fee. 

All cabins will have access to a shared recreation center that includes tables and chairs, games, darts and a refrigerator. 


Food Storage While in the Park

We have abundant wildlife in the park, including a thriving population of black bears. For this reason, proper food storage is very important to keep the wildlife safe. Each campsite has one bear locker to hold your all your food, beverages, scented items (including toiletries), and ice chests. We ask that all campers keep their items properly stored unless actively using the items. Failure to properly store items and lock the bear lockers can result in confiscation of your items and a citation.

Bear Locker Size

4 feet long by 3 feet high by 2 feet wide