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Forest of Nisene Marks State Park

Aptos, CA
+1 831-763-7063
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Peaceful redwoods!

Even though close to everything it is quiet and you can experience the quiet of a true redwood... read more

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David D
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Tavernier, Florida, United States
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A great place for hiking

Lots of trail to choose from---many relatively flat---so a good place for all fitness levels. You... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
gerryv59
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Aptos, California
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The location of 1989's devastating earthquake.
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  • Very good22%
  • Average5%
  • Poor1%
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Reviewed today via mobile

Even though close to everything it is quiet and you can experience the quiet of a true redwood forest much further away . Lots of trails and even on the weekend sparsely populated. Signs could be a little clearer and the bathroom was pretty disgusting...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Lots of trail to choose from---many relatively flat---so a good place for all fitness levels. You don't have to hike very far to be surrounded by Redwood giants. Very popular with mountain bikers---even the trails designated for hikers only. Several gorgeous spots for picnicking. Rangers...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We really enjoyed the hike from the Porter Picnic Area to Maple Falls. The last half-mile or so involves lots of scrambling over trees and rocks, which made it seem like a real accomplishment to get to the falls. We appreciated the fact that we...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Great for strolls or longer hikes. Many trails to pick from. Easy to piece together your own path as the trails all seem to interconnect. Flat road walking to elevation trails of around 2000’. Peaceful...but trafficked enough where you don’t feel alone. Nice picnic areas...More

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Reviewed 9 July 2018

Pros: Beautiful place-if you are lucky you will see deer -Absolutely Gorgeous miles of natural scenery Cons: People - unfortunately people almost play "chicken" when passing you on narrow trail areas or wide trail areas-you may get knocked over if you don't yield to them...More

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Reviewed 10 June 2018

There are better redwood stands in the state. However, this is near town and has some good hikes for those so inclined.

Thank sndovale
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Reviewed 7 June 2018 via mobile

We went exploring along the coast for the Old Grove Redwoods, we were not disappointed. This park has alot of hiking and bicycling trails with varying levels of difficulty. There are 2 pit toilets, one at the entrance and one about 3 miles in at...More

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Reviewed 5 May 2018 via mobile

I have lived in Aptos since 1980 and this week I went walking here with my husband for only the 4th time ever! It is so serene and beautiful! Hard for us to walk at a brisk pace because we stopped to admire the flowers,...More

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Reviewed 24 January 2018 via mobile

Even on weekends, you can find quiet hikes and plenty of fresh air in this parks. Fun to look for banana slugs and the old car in "Marcel's forest".

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Reviewed 22 December 2017 via mobile

Great State Park with beautiful hiking trails at any time of the year. The restroom inside the park is an outhouse and the state park needs more money for maintenance so be prepared for that. A beautiful gem with redwood trees and mountain biking trails.

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Larry-Pattie
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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Steve P
30 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
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