August 15, 2008

Calaveras Camping

We camped 2 nights at Calaveras Big Trees State Park. The park is 4 miles northeast of Arnold on Highway 4. There are 2 campgrounds with a total of 129 campsites for tents or RV's up to 30 feet long. All campsites have the usual fire ring and picnic table with flush toilets and coin op showers nearby. The North Grove campground has 74 campsites. This campground is closer to the entrance of the park, the visitor center and the North Grove trail. The downside is that you are extremely close to Highway 4 which can add a lot of noise. On this trip we elected to stay at the quieter Oak Hollow campground. Oak Hollow has 55 campsites and is located further into the park, maybe 3 miles from the entrance. The surroundings make it a beautiful place to camp. My one annoyance is that whenever we cooked the yellowjackets would appear and go after the food. For supplies like ice you'll have to leave the park and head to Arnold. We actually went all the way back to Angels Camp and did some walking around to the little shops.

Calaveras State Park Website