In the deep folds of the Santa Cruz Mountains, you’ll find the largest stand of ancient redwoods south of San Francisco at Big Basin Redwoods State Park, the perfect place for hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding, picnicking and more.
Tent cabins and camping supplies are available for rent year-round.
One remarkable sight is the Chimney Tree, a living, growing redwood entirely hollow from top to bottom. Another gem is the Native American grinding rocks near Sempervirens Falls.
For a Valentine’s-themed outing, you can join Big Basin’s Romance in the Redwoods Walk at 1 p.m. Saturday, February 15, 2014. On this easy, 2-hour walk, you’ll learn about the courtship behaviors of some of the park’s most fascinating plants and animals. Discover how banana slugs, redwood trees and more celebrate love in the wild! Meet at the park’s main entrance 9 miles outside of Boulder Creek on Highway 236. For more information, call (831) 338-8883.
Valentine’s Redwoods Gifts
Give the gift that grows this Valentine’s Day! Make a donation of $10 or more in honor of your loved ones and send them a beautiful redwoods ecard. For just $25 you can give the gift of a League membership, and for $75 you can have a seedling planted. With these unique gifts, you will honor your loved ones and help us restore and protect redwood forests.