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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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World class Redwoods park with easy to moderate hiking trails

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... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 17 October 2016
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Santa Cruz, California
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Santa Cruz, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 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 Loma Prieta earthquake in 1989 if that is something that interests you, but to tell... More 

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Grass Valley, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016 via mobile

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

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Venice, California, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 September 2016

I always go here when I get the chance. It is a spiritual experience to walk through these tall trees. The road is easy to walk because this is where the train track used to carry the trees down to the ocean to be moved and sold. They are so majestic that I do think of them as living beings.... More 

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Aptos, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 September 2016

Nisene has towering redwoods and wonderful trails to hike or just enjoy a leisurely stroll. So peaceful and serene. Our fery first trip here we entered the park and immediately saw a huge sow and her baby piglets on the side of the road, it was quite a site given that we were just seconds into the park off the... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 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 27 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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Thank RonCentralCA
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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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California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 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 27 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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