Big Basin Redwoods State Park is a state park of California, United States. It is located in Santa Cruz County, between the towns of Capitola and Soquel on Route 35 (Skyline Boulevard), about 30 miles (48km) southeast of San Francisco.
The campground has:
- tent sites
- full hookup RV sites
- group camping areas
- horse-riding stables
The main entrance to the park is at the end of Skyline Boulevard, where Route 35 becomes Scenic Highway 9. This stretch of highway was formerly part of U.S. Routes 101 and 20 before being decommissioned and transferred to local control. Access from the south is via Shoreline Drive, which intersects SR 9 just north of the park boundary. From the north, Skyline Boulevard continues into the park, providing access through the redwood forest to the campground, then turning west to pass behind the Day Use Area and out of the park.
The park consists of two separate units, one containing the day use area, parking lot, and most of the campsites; the other unit contains the remainder of the campsites and the equestrian facilities. The western terminus of the Pacific Grove Trail, a popular hiker trail extending nearly 80 miles (130km) along the entire length of the California coast, is coincident with the southern edge of the park. Hikers may enter the park via a pedestrian gate at the end of Skyline Boulevard, though it is illegal to overnight in the park.
Horses allowed in the park must have current negative Coggins papers, or proof of inoculation against equine infectious diseases. No horses are allowed in the campground. Boats up to 16 horsepower are permitted on McWay Falls Lake, which drains into Richardson Creek inside the park.
The lake provides good fishing opportunity for rainbow trout, steelhead, brown trout, kokanee salmon, chum salmon, coho salmon, sea run brown trout, and smallmouth bass. A boat launch allows access to the lake for non-powered boats.
Canoes, kayaks, rowboats, and pedal boats are available to rent. Picnic tables, pit toilets, and primitive campsites are accessible by both road and trail. Horse riding lessons are offered in summer. The following state parks are within 32 miles (51km) of Big Basin Redwoods State Park: For additional information see the “Redwood National and State Parks” section of the California web site.
The park contains over 100 campsites among the redwood forest, with easy access to:
- hiking trails
There are more than 10 miles (16km) of fire roads within the park that provide excellent opportunities for viewing the abundant wildlife here including:
- black bears
- mountain lions
- gray foxes
- river otters
- cottontail rabbits
In addition to the many wild animal species, there are also approximately 200 bird life sightings per year, some of which nest locally, while others are seen only during certain seasons or migration patterns.