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Forest of Nisene Marks State Park

Aptos, CA
+1 831-763-7063
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Lots of good Hiking

Lots of great trails to hike. There were folks biking too. Hike to the epicenter of 1989... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Elk Grove, California
via mobile
Lovely forest

Pretty place to walk. Vault toilets are nasty. Didn't see any other facilities or water fountains... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Wichita, Kansas
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The location of 1989's devastating earthquake.
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Lots of great trails to hike. There were folks biking too. Hike to the epicenter of 1989 earthquake. Look for banana slugs while you hike. Take a picnic lunch and enjoy the beauty of the redwoods!

Thank TravelLynn2015
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Pretty place to walk. Vault toilets are nasty. Didn't see any other facilities or water fountains. Just a basic park for walking.

Thank SimplyBC
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This California State Park is not very well known - except to locals! The park was once heavily logged for its redwoods, but they have now grown back as secondary growth. There are easy trails (ie, relatively flat) near the entrance kiosk, and longer more...More

Thank Matthew M
Reviewed 1 October 2017 via mobile

Right by highway 1 but within a short distance you could be in the middle of nowhere. Nice and cool under the trees. You can do a 2 mile stroll or a 10 mile hike.

Thank fruitdoctor
Reviewed 16 September 2017

If you are into Redwood trees, this place is for you. The state park charges $8.00 for parking. I did not have exact change so I handed over a $20.00 bill. The attendant did not like that so he went into slow motion. He took...More

1  Thank 427BeatleBob
Reviewed 8 September 2017 via mobile

This forest is the most recent state park acquisition back in 1963. Rich in history hunting timbering and now tourism. You can hike right in I recommend the old growth loop about a mile and a half through the creek beautiful and if you're a...More

1  Thank daveO2177DJ
Reviewed 8 September 2017

Biking, walking. Pet friendly with a creek along the way. Beautiful trees, many paths to choose from. Cool when it's hot. Mountain biking with rides to the top to bike down.

Thank Cher W
Reviewed 4 September 2017 via mobile

My kids really enjoyed hiking in Nisene Marks. I had not been there since the mid80s and I was happy to see that it was as beautiful as I remember. We did have a hard time following the trail behind the entry station, it was...More

Thank Erin S
Reviewed 6 August 2017 via mobile

Regardless do the length of hike you are interested in, you'll find it here. Some trails are short and pretty easy. Others are average or pretty long. My friend and I opted for something in between. We had an awesome time hiking for 7 miles...More

Thank Virginia T
Reviewed 4 August 2017

Hike through a redwood forest that was logged out from the late nineteenth century until 1940 to build San Francisco. And when they were done it was a wasteland - so they donated it to the State of California. What happened? The forest regenerated itself...More

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31 October 2015|
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Response from Judith B | Reviewed this property |
You can drive through many parts of Nisene Marks State Park, though the bigger redwoods are in Big Basin. There is a loop path next to the Big Basin Ranger Station that is set up for level walking and is ok for wheelchairs... More
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31 August 2015|
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Response from Libi K | Reviewed this property |
As far as I know. However, must be leashed. " Beautiful redwoods Photo by Scott Broecker      Click to switch pictures View all 14 photos Rating:  Description: Up and down hiking through redwoods with creek... More