Big Basin Facts

/Big Basin Facts
Big Basin Facts 2017-12-20T22:28:59+00:00


  • Big Basin is California’s oldest State Park, established in 1902
  • Home to the largest continuous stand of Ancient Coast Redwoods south of San Francisco
  • Elevations in the park vary from sea level to over 2,000 feet
  • The climate ranges from foggy and damp near the ocean to sunny, warm ridge tops
  • The park has over 80 miles of trails
  • Some of these trails link Big Basin to Castle Rock State Park and the eastern reaches of the Santa Cruz range
  • The Skyline to the Sea Trail threads its way through the park along Waddell Creek to the beach and adjacent Theodore J. Hoover Natural Preserve, a freshwater marsh.
  • The park has a surprising number of waterfalls, a wide variety of environments (from lush canyon bottoms to sparse chaparral-covered slopes, many animals (deer, raccoons, an occasional bobcat) and lots of bird life– including Steller’s jays, egrets, herons and California woodpeckers.
  • Dogs are permitted in the campsites, picnic areas, and on paved roads only. They must be on a leash and attended at all times. Dogs ARE NOT permitted on any of the trails.
  • This is a Crumb Clean Campground
  • There are no swimming or fishing facilities at Big Basin State Park
  • Depending on the season, the mosquitoes can become very bad. Please bring insect repellent or if you forget, you can pick some up at the Big Basin Redwoods Store.