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Forest of Nisene Marks State Park

Aptos, CA
+1 831-763-7063
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The planet can recover

Hike through a redwood forest that was logged out from the late nineteenth century until 1940 to... read more

Reviewed 5 August 2017
Aptos, California
Current Tick Warning

I visited Nisene Marks Forest after visiting Big Basin and Henry Cowell. There were stern warning... read more

Reviewed 4 August 2017
Boulder, Colorado
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The location of 1989's devastating earthquake.
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Aptos, CA
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Reviewed 5 August 2017

Hike through a redwood forest that was logged out from the late nineteenth century until 1940 to build San Francisco. And when they were done it was a wasteland - so they donated it to the State of California. What happened? The forest regenerated itself...More

Thank Steve1066
Reviewed 4 August 2017

I visited Nisene Marks Forest after visiting Big Basin and Henry Cowell. There were stern warning signs at the entrance to the Nisene trails, warning of Ticks in the area. I was very disappointed but just didn't want to take the risk, after visiting the...More

Thank LuanaRubin
Reviewed 16 July 2017 via mobile

This is a MUST for anyone who likes or needs to hike easy trails and get away from noise. It isn't an easy place to find. But you'll be rewarded with beautiful scenery.

Thank Ed S
Reviewed 14 July 2017 via mobile

This is a great place to relax. It seems everybody talks quietly in the presence of magnificent redwoods. We didn't go off onto any trails because our time was restricted but the road was still a lovely walk and we had a picnic in a...More

Thank WilsonsofPirongia
Reviewed 13 July 2017

This park offers all kinds of trails for hiking and all around enjoying nature. We did not hike some of the really intense trails as we had a range of family members from tots to grand parents. Pick up a map at the entrance. It...More

Thank Maria S
Reviewed 22 June 2017

Hiking trails are not well groomed, so you need to be ready to hike on the trails. A casual stroll can be taken on the fire road. I didn't have much time to explore, but it appears that you could spend a couple of days...More

Thank Scott J
Reviewed 3 June 2017

Always cool under the trees quiet peaceful very spiritual place need good shoes and bring water to drink.

Thank catc0x
Reviewed 3 June 2017

Since many are reading about the park, below are my recommendations after running here for over 30 years. Short on time? Consider the Old Growth Loop Trail in the lower section of the park. You can see the recently fallen Advocate Tree, one of the...More

2  Thank SantaCruz850
Reviewed 26 May 2017

First off, I have been enjoying the trails in Nisene Marks for over forty years. Way back when, there were existing sheds where the lumberjacks lived and there were still planks from the rail system. Today, time has increased the growth of the redwood trees...More

Thank GARY F
Reviewed 23 May 2017

Beautiful hikes throughout the park. You can walk a flat fire road that has a gentle ascent or take single track trails by the river. Take a map with you as you can easily get lost in this huge park. This park is best enjoyed...More

Thank AndrewsG2380UR
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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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31 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