Environmental Walk-in Campsites

Calaveras Big Trees State Park

Big Stump

Environmental campsite, Calaveras Big Trees State Park, CA

Calaveras Big Trees Attractions

For those camping at one of the Environmental Campsites, Calaveras Big Trees State Park has a wide range of activities and attractions for visitors.

  • Hike along trails through two main groves of ancient Giant Sequoias.
  • Follow hiking trails from meandering strolls through the big trees to vigorous explorations of remote portions of the park.
  • Take advantage of regular interpretive programs, lectures, nature walks, children's programs.
  • Spend a day picnicking along the Stanislaus River or Beaver Creek.

Activities and Programs

  • Join one of the many Guided Nature Walks.
  • Check out the times for Children's Hour.
  • Children ages 7-12 enjoy Junior Rangers activities.
  • For younger children ages 3-6 and their families the park offers Junior Cubs.

Key Environmental Campsite Regulations

  1. Wood collecting is not allowed, including twigs and leaves.
  2. Generators may only be operated from 10:00 AM to 8:00 PM.
  3. Secure food in bear-proof lockers. Bears are present.

Environmental Campsites

Calaveras Big Trees State Park has five Environmental Campsites located around the park. These campsites are primitive, tent-only sites, usually a 5 or 10 minute walk from a designated parking area.

The five sites are known as Sugar, Lone Snag, Stanislaus, Beaver, and White Fur. Three of the sites are on the north part of the park, two are across the river near Beaver Creek. Each site can accommodate a maximum of 8 people. Those camping at these sites must pack in their own water as none is available. Sites do have picnic table, food storage lockers and fire rings. Reservations are required.

Campground Basics
Calaveras Big Trees State Park Location: Highway 4, thirty miles east of Angels Camp, 4 miles east of Arnold
Elevation: 4,370 feet
Miles/Driving time: Stockton - 78 miles, 1:38
Campground Open: Mid-May to early October
Number of Sites: 5
Max. People per Site: 8 (including children)
Vehicles per Site: 1, fee for 2nd vehicle
Pets: No
Information: (209) 795-2334

Reservations Available: Late May through early October
Booking Window: from 2 days up to 6 months in advance of arrival date
Maximum Vehicle Length: 30 feet
Accessible Sites: White Fir parking, campsite, and restroom (1/8-mile from parking to site)
Fees: $25 plus an $8 reservation fee
Online Reservations at ReserveCalifornia: Calaveras Big Trees State Park Camping Reservations
or call (800) 444-PARK (7275) between 8 AM and 6 PM
Check-in, check-out: 2:00 PM, Noon

Environmental Campsite Amenities
Campsites: Picnic table, food locker, fire ring (campfires may not be permitted during drought conditions)
Campground: pit toilets, no water
Showers: No
Dump Station: No
Nearby attractions: North Grove Giant Sequoias, South Grove, Stanislaus River Trail (1.3 miles downhill), Overlook Trail (1.3 miles uphill), Big Stump, Jack Knight Hall, hiking trails, visitor center

ReserveCalifornia Reservations Tips

California State Parks' new reservation system - ReserveCalifornia - now allows campers "to make reservations 6 months to the day in advance of their arrival date." For example, on January 1 reservations can be made for stays beginning on July 1. In the past, reservations were released in one-month blocks. Now it is day by day. For months with fewer days than the month 6 months away, reservations for the remaining days will be released in a small cluster on the first of the next month. For example, on March 1 (because February is a short month) you can make reservations for stays beginning August 29-31. Read details at ReserveCalifornia.

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