Calaveras became a State Park in 1931 to preserve the North Grove of giant sequoias. This grove includes the "Discovery Tree", also known as the "Big Stump", the first Sierra redwood noted by Augustus T. Dowd in 1852. This area has been a major tourist attraction ever since, and is considered the longest continuously operated tourist facility in California.
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Bucket list trip
You can't call yourself a camper or Californian if you don't make it here. A beautiful park that got better between the decades between my visits. Great for the kids!
I imagine that this park gets pretty busy during the summer but it was almost empty during my late September visit. The campsites were well-maintained. The Discovery Tree stump is quite a wonder to behold and there are several trails that start right from the campground and wind through groves of majestic giant sequoias. My only complaint about this campground is that like all California state parks, it is very expensive to camp here.