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Forest of Nisene Marks State Park

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Address: Aptos, CA
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The location of 1989's devastating earthquake.

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My husband and I came here during a visit to my brother in law who lives in nearby Soquel. We did a quick hike along an easy trail. We really enjoyed ourselves! The weather is... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 8 September 2016
Elizabeth P
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 September 2016 via mobile

My husband and I came here during a visit to my brother in law who lives in nearby Soquel. We did a quick hike along an easy trail. We really enjoyed ourselves! The weather is ideal in this part of the state. There were lots of pines and lots of the Classic enormous redwoods. My Husband and I even stood... More 

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Capitola, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 August 2016

Right up above Aptos Village you'll fin this local forest of redwoods. Drive down a dusty road to the entrance station and a world of trails await. Cool walks for a warm day.

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Sacramento, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2016

My daughter and I had a wonderful time hiking the trails. We met a few friendly folks along the paths and loved exploring. There was good parking. It is very shady and great place on a hot August afternoon.

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Thank Patriziadalucca
California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 July 2016

We started at Henry Cowell State Park in Santa Cruz and learned all about the redwoods before driving as far as they allow into Nisene Marks, to the Porter Family Picnic Area. It's a one lane, two-way dirt road and pretty narrow and rugged so be sure to go slow and give yourself time as it takes longer than you... More 

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Aptos, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 July 2016

Aptos is one place you can walk to the beach or to a redwood park. All in one day thanks to Nicene Marks State Park. This place has some of the best redwood hikes and also a great bike trail system. You can take a shuttle to the top and bike down.

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Grass Valley, California, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 July 2016

stroll along the trails at your pace, and enjoy the cool weather and redwoods. take a bike and ride an easy ride through the redwoods

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Thank Patty T
Sonora, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 July 2016

Lovely hiking or biking. Dogs have to be leashed, which is not a plus for me or Chanterelle. Truth be told- when no one is around, which is frequent, I untether her. A very lovely and peaceful park. Who doesn't like pine covered paths and streams?!

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Thank cherie n
Alamo
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 July 2016

Very pretty and peaceful. We only walked on the main road so only saw a very small part of the park. Off the main road and into the mountains are many more acres to explore. Make sure you bring water as it is very primitive.

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Thank Carolyn G
Sunnyvale, California, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 July 2016 via mobile

2nd time adventuring in this little know gem except to locals...you can take a long hike or a short one but remember the map..lol

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Sebastopol, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 June 2016 via mobile

Walked all over the park in the shade. They have great signs and paths for the trails Stunning and so peaceful. Easy to get to, they charge $8 to get in but good parking.

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