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If you have high hopes of observing a superlatively large Coastal Redwood, a stop at the Big Tree Wayside is a must. Soaring to a height of 304 ft, you'll have a difficult time seeing the top of The Big Tree itself, but with a circumference of 68 feet it won't be difficult to appreciate the size of the tree. Growing to such an incredible size isn't short work, and it's estimated that this tree is 1500 years old. Slow down while meandering through the area to appreciate the long history of these trees!

The Big Tree itself sits within a grove of neighbors, and the forest here is quite pleasant. Due to historic logging, the area is more open than other groves in the park, allowing for more undergrowth to thrive. This provides ample sunlight for photos, and an airy and enjoyable feel. The short walk is well your it to see this granddaddy of a tree, as well as the diverse ecosystem preserved here.

Short Walk: There is a parking just north of the Prairie Creek Visitor Center off the Newton B. Drury Scenic Parkway.

Family Friendly: Easy access and incredible scale will give your party a new perspective, a valuable exercise for kids of all ages.

Gem Type: Other

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Caleb Joyce

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Aug 18, 2018
Emily Smith
No dogs allowed, stay at prairie creek camp ground next time to be closer to this section of the park.
Jul 29, 2018
Kelly Richardson
Jul 24, 2018
Brandon McGloshen
Jul 22, 2018
Su T Chen
Jul 15, 2018
Abish Tamietti
Jul 9, 2018
Tyson Harty
JTRFSK
Jul 8, 2018
Tyson Harty
Jun 14, 2018
Serena Stoiantschewsky
Cool but corkscrew was cooler

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