Contact Number

  • (209) 795-2334

Park Accessibility Information

Park Hours

  • Day Use: 6 a.m. - 10 p.m.
    Camping: All Hours, March through November

Park Activities

Yes
Dogs allowed only in campgrounds and on fire roads.
Historical/Cultural Site
Picnic Areas
Env. Learning/Visitor Center
Exhibits and Programs
Fishing
Guided Tours
Interpretive Exhibits
Beach Area
Swimming
Nature & Wildlife Viewing
Museums
Family Programs
Geocaching
Bike Trails
Hiking Trails

Park Facilities

Trailer: 30 Feet
Camper/Motorhome: 30 Feet
Environmental Campsites
Family Campsites
Group Campsites
Lodging
RV Access
Restrooms / Showers
Restrooms
Outdoor Showers
Drinking Water Available

Park Directions

Get directions through Google Maps

The park is northeast of Stockton, four miles northeast of Arnold on Highway 4.
From SF Bay Area:
Take I-580 eastbound over Altamont Pass to I-205 toward Manteca, to US 99 North. Take the exit for State Hwy 4 Eastbound (Angel's Camp) to the Park Entrance. Hwy 4 makes a jog to the right in Angel's Camp along State Hwy 49, then jogs left just before leaving town. Calaveras Big Trees is about 35 minutes driving from Angel's Camp.
From Southern California:
Take either I-5 or US 99 North. From I-5 you can cross to the other side of Stockton on State Hwy 4 to 99/4 South a few miles, then follow Hwy 4 towards and beyond Farmington to the Park. Hwy 4 makes a jog right in Angel's Camp, then jogs left just before leaving town. Calaveras Big Trees is about 35 minutes driving time from Angel's Camp.
From Sacramento:
Take US 99 South to Stockton, turning off onto State Hwy 4 towards and beyond Farmington to the Park (through Angel's Camp). Driving time to the Park from Stockton is approx. 1 hour and 30 minutes. An alternate route is to take State Hwy 16 southeast to State Hwy 49 South through the goldrush towns to Angel's Camp, making a left turn on the far side of town on State Hwy 4 to the Park. Driving time from Angel's Camp is approximately 35 minutes.
From Nevada:
Take US 395 to State Hwy 89 West to the terminus of State Hwy 4, up over Ebbett's Pass to the Park. The road is closed in Winter. It's very scenic, but so steep and tortuous that trailers and large motorhomes are ill-advised to use it.

California State Parks, in cooperation with CAL FIRE, conducted a prescribed burn and work began Tuesday, June 4. In two days, 157 acres were treated. Areas included along the Walter W. Smith Parkway and the park’s eastern boundary near the lower edge of Big Trees Village. Active ignition is complete, but burn down will continue and smoky conditions may continue for some time. Some fire roads will be closed. 
 
ATTENTION CAMPERS
The Oak Hollow Campground may be heavily impacted by smoke, especially overnight. The North Grove Campground may experience some smoke.
 
Prescribed burning is one of the tools used by the department for vegetation management to increase the resilience of the forest. Forest management and prescribed fires help restore and maintain a complex forest community, reduce hazardous fuel loads, improve wildlife habitat, restore nutrients to the soil, protect park infrastructure, and reduce the chance of a catastrophic wildfire.

Open and Closed Trails and Roads List

Welcome to Calaveras Big Trees State Park. Established in 1931, Calaveras Big Trees State Park preserves a mixed conifer forest with two groves of giant sequoias - the North Grove and South Grove. In addition to the giant sequoia trees, you will find the Stanislaus River, Beaver Creek, ancient volcanic formations, natural meadows, and trails throughout the park allow you to discover the area that has awed visitors since 1852.


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