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Calaveras Big Trees SP


P.O. Box 120
Arnold, CA 95223
209.795.2334
No Email Address
http://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=551
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North Grove campground is close to the entrance of Calaveras Big Trees State Park. Campsites range from nice sized to absolutely enormous. We had space 45 which was huge with lots of area for the kids to roam. Each site has a water spicket, parking, fire ring, bear box (we saw no evidence of bear but the box is great for keeping the squirrels out), and picnic table. Flushing toilets and showers are close by. The pros of North Grove Campground: ample spots and facilities, visitor center, nightly ranger talks and walks, ranger run activities in the daytime, the campground surrounds a beautiful meadow with a boardwalk that you can walk on, the camground is very close to the North Grove trail where you can experience the majestic giant Sequioa trees. Be sure to bring mosquito repellant, you will need it. The con to North Grove camping is road noise. The camground sits next to Highway 4. Logging trucks use the highway heavily and put on their really loud jake brakes when coming down the hill by the park. Huge bummer, sometimes it started at 5:30 in the morning! Once we accepted it, we loved the campground and it didn't bother us. The weekends were quiet though, they must take that off. Please be aware that some of the sights are VERY close to the road. So close that I would be worried about my children wandering. The campground makes a giant loop around the meadow. Sites on the far side of the meadow are much quieter. In July there were constructing new bathrooms and fixing some campsites on that side of the meadow. Next summer those sites, in my opinion, will be the best and quietest. If you want complete silence in a beautiful forest setting book Oak Hollow down the road. Oak Hollow is about a 15 minute drive from North Grove. Oak Hollow is closer to the Stanislaus River and the South Grove trail. There are no ranger services (other than patrol) at Oak Hollow as all activities take place at North Grove. But if you want to be away from the hustle and bustle, Oak Hollow was the place. North Grove was alive with kids biking and running about having fun, we saw none of that when we drove through Oak Hollow. It was like the adult campground! When visiting the area, be sure to take a dip in Beaver Creek (go to the section at the beginning of the South Grove trail), swim at Lake Alpine (30-40 minute drive by Bear Valley), or a quick swim down the road 5 minutes in Arnold at White Pine Lake. We also enjoyed the many caves that are within driving distance, the shops at Angel Camp (hot there though!), the fantastic supermarket in Arnold, and the quaint General Store up Hwy 4, about 5 minutes away on your right. A wonderful and undervisited area, we'll go again and avoid the crowds of the national parks.

Received from Anon for visit in Aug 2006


Site Number: 45
Stay Again? YES



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