Contact Number

  • (209) 795-2334

Park Accessibility Information

Park Hours

  • Day Use: 6 a.m. - 10 p.m.
    Camping: All Hours, March through November

Park Activities

Dogs allowed only in campgrounds and on fire roads.
Historical/Cultural Site
Picnic Areas
Env. Learning/Visitor Center
Exhibits and Programs
Guided Tours
Interpretive Exhibits
Beach Area
Nature & Wildlife Viewing
Family Programs
Bike Trails
Hiking Trails

Park Facilities

Trailer: 30 Feet
Camper/Motorhome: 30 Feet
Environmental Campsites
Family Campsites
Group Campsites
RV Access
Restrooms / Showers
Outdoor Showers
Drinking Water Available

Park Directions

Get directions through Google Maps

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.


Prescribed Fire: California State Parks, in cooperation with the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE), plan to conduct a prescribed burn at Calaveras Big Trees State Park. Work may begin as early as June 3. Visitors should expect impacts from the prescribed burn, including closures, smoke, and one-way traffic control. Active burning will occur over couple days. However, smoke will remain in the area after active firing has stopped.

The Walter W. Smith Parkway fully opened on May 3 for the spring/summer season. This opens vehicle access to the Scenic Overlook, Lava Bluffs Trailhead, Stanislaus River, the South Grove, Bradley Grove, and Beaver Creek Picnic Area. There may be temporary closures due to snow in the spring, check the forecast before arriving.  

Open and Closed Trails and Roads List

Welcome to Calaveras Big Trees State Park. Established in 1931, Calaveras Big Trees State Park preserves a mixed conifer forest with two groves of giant sequoias - the North Grove and South Grove. In addition to the giant sequoia trees, you will find the Stanislaus River, Beaver Creek, ancient volcanic formations, natural meadows, and trails throughout the park allow you to discover the area that has awed visitors since 1852.

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