Camping— 146 family campsites, four group camping sites, tent cabins, backcountry trail camps, and horse camping are available.
Backpacking— Big Basin has five backcountry trail camps for backpackers. These trail camps are connected to a wider network of trails throughout Portola Redwoods State Park, Castle Rock State Park, and Butano State Park. This network of trail camps gives backpackers the chance to take multiday trips along the famed Skyline to the Sea Trail and beyond. Reservations and permits are required, and no dispersed camping is permitted. For information and reservations, visit www.parks.ca.gov/ scmtrailcamps.
Trails— Big Basin’s 80 miles of roads and trails introduce visitors not only to the redwoods, but to the park’s different habitats and plants. Guided hikes are scheduled.
The easy stroller- and wheelchair-accessible Redwood Loop Trail winds a half-mile through the ancient redwood environment. Visitors can see Opal Creek, some of the larger old-growth trees, a redwood ring, and the giant Mother and Father of the Forest trees. Rated moderate, the Sequoia Trail passes spectacular Sempervirens Falls. A strenuous hike on the Berry Creek Falls Trail passes many of the largest old-growth redwood trees, Berry Creek, and its four waterfalls. The 33-mile Skyline to the Sea Trail runs from Castle Rock State Park through Big Basin to Waddell Beach at Rancho del Oso. During the winter, seasonal bridges on the Skyline to the Sea Trail are removed when Waddell Creek is high.
Hike or Bike Campsites
RV Dump Station
DAY-USE ACTIVITIES & FACILITIES
Env. Learning/Visitor Center
Exhibits and Programs
Nature & Wildlife Viewing