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Santa Cruz, California Offers Public Transportation to California’s Oldest State Park

March 29, 2014 Destination North America No Comments Email Email

Throughout the Golden State in 2014, California is commemorating the establishment of the first state park in the world 150 years ago. 

152367_num458131Santa Cruz County is home to California’s oldest state park, Big Basin Redwoods State Park and the largest continuous stand of ancient redwoods south of San Francisco.  Now visitor access to this emerald gem is easier than ever with new seasonal bus service.

Weekend bus service is offered from March through early December, taking visitors from Downtown Santa Cruz on an hour and 15-minute ride through the beautiful picturesque redwoods of the Santa Cruz Mountains to the park entrance. Visitors who choose to hike the renowned Skyline to the Sea Trail can hike from the redwoods to the Pacific Ocean and end at Waddell Creek, then take a return bus back to Downtown Santa Cruz.  Another option is to spend the day at the park and catch an evening bus back to Downtown Santa Cruz.

152367_num458132The Skyline to the Sea Trail, in its entirety a 30 mile/48 km hike, is approximately 12 miles/19 km hike from the entrance to Big Basin.  The hike takes visitors past majestic waterfalls, lush fern groves, and through some of the largest, tallest, and oldest redwood forests in existence.

For visitors wanting to spend the day at the park and forego the Skyline to the Sea Trail, the park comprises 18,000 acres of land with 80 miles/129 km of hiking, mountain biking, and equestrian trails.

Bus fare is $2US one way.  Children under 46 inches/116 cm tall ride for free. 

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Getting There:

Santa Cruz County, California is located approximately 70 miles/113 km south of San Francisco and 349 miles/562 km from Los Angeles. Many

visitors choose to take scenic Highway 1 along the California coastline to

Santa Cruz, or Highway 17 through the Santa Cruz Mountains. Visitors can also choose to fly in to San Francisco International Airport or Mineta/San Jose International Airport.

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