Camp at Big Basin Redwoods State Park
San Francisco › Big Basin Headquarters
Added by Jason Hatfield
Walk through towering coastal redwoods in California's oldest state park.
An hour away from the thrumming city of San Jose, ancient immense trees live in a forest full of vibrant ferns and rushing waterfalls. Big Basin Redwoods State Park encompasses 10,000 acres of rare old-growth forest, and the scale of time can be most felt when wandering its paths. To really experience the beauty of this stunning place book one of the 150 campsites (I stayed at Sempervirens) for a long weekend and bring your camera; there's nothing quite as amazing as sleeping under a canopy of tree branches soaring hundreds of feet above.
Make your camping reservations here.
- Tent & Tarp
- Sleeping Bag
- Sleeping Pad
- Camp Chairs
- Stove & Cookware
- Food & Water
- Camera, Lens, & Tripod
- Batteries & Memory Card
- Warm Layers
- Hiking Shoes
- Cash or check for camping fees
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Camping, Chillin, Hiking, Photography
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I love this campground because of all the hiking options and places to explore around the area. It's a long windy drive to get there but that helps you feel like you are isolated in the middle of the Santa Cruz Mountains. Just beware of racoons, they are persistent little creatures that will try to steal food of the table the second you turn your back.
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