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Forest of Nisene Marks State Park

Aptos, CA
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Wonderful trails through majestic redwoods

We spent a few hours hiking the trails through this redwood forest. They were not too difficult... read more

Reviewed 30 March 2017
Visalia, California, USA
Beautiful park and forest

One day of my favorite biking & hiking spots in SC. It's like a trip back in time. Bring a picnic... read more

Reviewed 29 March 2017
Aptos, California
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Reviewed 30 March 2017

We spent a few hours hiking the trails through this redwood forest. They were not too difficult, and there was more beauty around every turn. We were there on a Sunday afternoon, and it was surprisingly busy, but not so much that it was a...More

1  Thank iamquestar
Reviewed 29 March 2017 via mobile

One day of my favorite biking & hiking spots in SC. It's like a trip back in time. Bring a picnic lunch and enjoy Ma Natural.

Thank soifdawg
Reviewed 14 March 2017

Gorgeous hiking areas with Aptos creek running through it, there is even a waterfall if you want a bit of a challenger. Also great for just a leisurely walk in the woods!

Thank sandypoje
Reviewed 14 February 2017 via mobile

Ten thousand acre of redwood forest ,lots of trails. Shuttle to top with Shuttle Smith Adventures You can also rent mountain bikes at Epicenter Cycling at the Aptos entrance of the forest.

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Reviewed 18 January 2017

We mountain biked the trails and it was beautiful and challenging. Highly recommend for either hiking or biking....lush forest, you won't be disappointed.

Thank stormiecmt
Reviewed 10 January 2017

A well-organized trail system makes this the idea place to get into the forest! True beauty in the trees and along the active stream that goes through the park. Don't miss it!

Thank Judybookdoc
Reviewed 4 January 2017

Shhhhh. Don't tell anybody. OK I'll let the cat out of the bag. This park is a local's treasure. It represents what we here in Santa Cruz call "Tree and Sea". You can actually walk 15 minutes from the redwoods in Nisene Marks to the...More

Thank aceddie
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Reviewed 30 December 2016 via mobile

This is a gem near Santa Cruz... shaded by redwoods. Many trails to choose from, and really nice road for mountain bikers... You can park in Aptos and ride your bike free up the mountain, or drive your vehicle and pay $8 for entering the...More

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Reviewed 18 October 2016

This is a great park for 1-4 hour hikes. There are many hikes available depending on what you like. Drive to the last parking spot in the back past the bridge to get to the best hikes. You can hike to the epicenter of the...More

Thank sctwinpop
Reviewed 18 October 2016 via mobile

Gorgeous redwoods hike! We really enjoyed the twisted grove and the beautiful scenery inside the park.

Thank Hannah G
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With a choice of big basin or nisene, what should we do for beauty, redwoods and ease? My husband is in poor health but still wants to see the redwoods in particular. we are driving from down from SF to Aptos later on a Tuesday morning. also, do either of these parks offer carts/motorized or wheel chairs? Thanks
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
Steve P
are dogs allowed?
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