Day Use: 6 a.m. - Sunset
Camping: All Hours, March through November
Calaveras Big Trees State Park
A middle section of the North Grove Trail is CLOSED from just past marker 13 to marker 15. You can complete a shorter out and back or use the Grove Overlook Trail to make a loop hike.
Trails may be covered in snow or be icy or muddy. We don't clear snow off trails. Snowshoes, skis, or traction devices may be needed depending on conditions.
The Walter Smith Memorial Parkway is closed to vehicles until spring due to early snowfall on November 7th. Pedestrians in skiis, snowshoes, and hardy cyclists are welcome to go on the road. This closes access to the South Grove Trail, Bradley Grove Trail, Lava Bluff Trail, Stanislaus River Area, Beaver Creek Area,Oak Leaf Spring Picnic Area, and Oak Hollow Campground.
COVID-19 Guidelines (February 16, 2022)
Protect yourself, family, friends and your community by following these prevention measures:
- Know Before You Go – Prior to leaving home, check the status of the park unit you want to visit to find out what restrictions and guidelines are in place. Have a back-up plan in case your destination is crowded. Stay home if you are sick
- Plan Ahead – Some restrooms will be temporarily closed to keep up with cleaning schedules. Bring soap/hand sanitizer.
- Play It Safe – Find out what precautions you should take when exploring the outdoors, especially if this is your first time visiting the State Park System. Learn more at parks.ca.gov/SafetyTips.
- Be COVID-19 Safe – State Parks continues to meet guidance from local and state public officials as COVID-19 is still present and still deadly. Effective March 1, 2022, state guidance recommends that all individuals, regardless of vaccine status, continue masking in indoor settings, such as museums and visitor centers. Universal masking remains required in specified high-risk settings. Please plan ahead as local county guidelines may differ from state guidance and visitors are urged to follow county guidelines when required. Read the latest COVID-19 guidance at COVID19.ca.gov.
- Leave No Trace – Leave areas better than how you found them by staying on designated trails and packing out all trash. Do not disturb wildlife or plants.
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.
Explore Big Trees
Park Entrance Station: (209) 795-2334
Visitor Center: (209) 795-3840
Interpretation & Education Office: (209) 795-7980 or firstname.lastname@example.org