Calaveras Big Trees State Park

Notes: Calaveras Big Trees State Park was established on July 5, 1931 after Calaveras Grove Association, Save the Redwoods League, and private donors (including John D. Rockefeller Jr. and Mrs. William H. Crocker) purchased North Grove from lumberman Robert P. Whiteside and others for $265,149.50. The park expanded on April 16, 1954 after Calaveras Grove Association and Save the Redwoods League purchased South Grove from Pickering Lumber Company for $2.8 million. Today, Calaveras Big Tree State Park spans more than 10 mi2 (26 km2) of terrain and contains 40 mi (64 km) of hiking trails. The park receives more than 200,000 visitors annually.

Calaveras Big Trees State Park includes 24 giant redwood groves:

  • Horace and Grace Albright Grove
  • Owen Bradley Grove
  • Devereux and Mary F. Butcher Grove
  • Charles A. Deturk Grove
  • Dewitt–Jeffery Family Grove
  • Aubrey Drury Grove
  • Lucius and Evelyn Edenfield Bryant Grove
  • Max C. Fleischmann Grove
  • Frances L. and Stuart C. Gibbons Family Grove
  • Ted Grubb Grove
  • Robert A. and Lawanda L. Hanson Family Grove
  • Hickling Family Grove
  • John Power Hutchins Grove
  • Kottke–Kickling Family Grove
  • North Grove
  • The Radiance Foundation Peace Grove
  • Demeter Sierra, B. Ray, C. Sierra, Radiant Peace Grove
  • Duncan and Jean McDuffie Sierra Grove
  • Stuart Stevenson Soule Grove
  • South Grove
  • Walter A. Starr, Jr. Grove
  • Vogelgesang Family Grove
  • Juliette P. and William B. Weston Grove
  • Elsa and David Wheeler Grove

Calaveras Big Trees State Park includes 1 tree larger than 30,000 ft3 (850 m3).

Calaveras Big Trees State Park includes the following giant redwoods:

  • Abraham Lincoln
  • Arbor Vitae Queen
  • Bay State
  • Beauty of the Forest
  • California
  • Chimney
  • Daniel Webster
  • Discovery Stump
  • Doctor Kane
  • Elihu Burritt
  • Empire State
  • Father of the Forest
  • Florence Nightingale
  • General Jackson
  • General Scott
  • George Washington
  • Granite State
  • Henry Clay
  • Henry Ward Beecher
  • Hercules
  • J. B. McPherson
  • James King of William
  • James Wadsworth
  • Kansas Group
  • Keyhole/Bear Slide
  • Keystone State
  • Louis Agassiz
  • Maid of Honor
  • Moody Group
  • Mother and Son
  • Mother of the Forest
  • Old Bachelor
  • Old Goliath
  • Old Vermont
  • Palace Hotel
  • Pioneer Cabin
  • Portals
  • Pride of the Forest
  • Richard Cobden
  • Siamese Twins
  • Sacrificial
  • Sentinel
  • Smith Cabin
  • T. Starr King
  • Three Graces
  • Ulysses S. Grant
  • Uncle Sam
  • Uncle Tom's Cabin
  • William Cullen Bryant

Pioneer Cabin Tree fell on January 8, 2017

Louis Agassiz is the largest tree in Calaveras Big Trees State Park.

Visit parks.ca.gov for seasonal hours, entrance fees, and more information.

Drive: The Calaveras Big Trees State Park Visitor Center is located at 1170 E Hwy 4 in Arnold, California 120 mi (193 km) east of San Francisco.

From U.S. Interstate 5 in Stockton, transfer to California State Route 4 East. Drive east 74 mi (119 km) on California State Route 4 East to the entrance of Calaveras Big Trees State Park. Turn right onto Big Trees Parkway (also known as Walter W. Smith Memorial Parkway) and drive 0.1 mi (0.2 km) to the park entrance station (entry fee required). Just past the park entrance station, turn right, drive 380 ft (115 m), and turn left into the visitor center parking lot.

Photos: Pictures of Calaveras Big Trees State Park

Calaveras Big Trees State Park - Entrance Sign Calaveras Big Trees State Park - Visitor Center Calaveras Big Trees State Park - Disoovery Stump Calaveras Big Trees State Park - Pioneer Cabin Tree Calaveras Big Trees State Park - Mother and Son Calaveras Big Trees State Park - Big Trees Trail Calaveras Big Trees State Park - Mother of the Forest Calaveras Big Trees State Park - Three Graces Calaveras Big Trees State Park - Bridge Over North Fork Stanislaus River Calaveras Big Trees State Park - Memorial Groves Kiosk Calaveras Big Trees State Park - Bridge Over Beaver Creek Calaveras Big Trees State Park - Palace Hotel Calaveras Big Trees State Park - Louis Agassiz