Imagine being Augustus Dodd in 1852, tracking a bear in the forest when he came upon the groves of spectacular, massive sequoia trees – the first in the world to be discovered. The first visitors arrived in 1853, demanding to see the giant sequoias. What is now the Calaveras Big Trees State Park is believed to be the longest operating attraction in California. The park is beautiful with spring blooms and in autumn, the dogwoods change to their fall colors. In addition to the giant trees, you’ll discover the Stanislaus River, Beaver Creek, ancient volcanic formations and expansive meadows. There are hiking trails throughout the park, along with a Visitors Center, a wildlife museum and a theater with short videos. At the end of a day in the park, you can settle into a warm, comfortable two-bedroom cabin with a kitchen, living room and bathroom.
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