North Grove Campground is the older of two campgrounds in Calaveras Big Trees State Park, and is situated among the giant Sierra Redwood trees that the state park is known for. Also within the North Grove Campground is the popular Big Stump, which is the stump of a giant redwood that was cut down ages ago.
Calaveras Big Trees State Park is home to two giant groves redwoods, some of which are the oldest living redwoods trees in California. The park is situated on the western slope of the Sierra Nevada mountain range. There is a nature trail that guides visitors through the North Grove of redwoods. The other campground in Calaveras Big Trees is North Grove Campground.
The campground is made up largely of one main loop, with a couple of smaller side loops, that circles Big Tree Creek. Each campsite at North Grove Campground includes a fire ring, picnic table, bear locker, and access to bathrooms and showers.
North Grove Campground – Bottom Line
The North Grove Campground is a quintessential camping destination for families; the big trees leave kids (and most adults) in awe and the setting is nearly ideal for camping. The campsites at North Grove have decent spacing, which means better privacy and more place to spread out. Nearly all of the campsites are directly adjacent to the parking spaces for each campsite, so you will not have to walk your camping gear to far from your car.
Be sure to pay attention to how you store your food and other scented items as bears are very active in the area, both day and night. Most of the time the bears will avoid people at all costs, but if there is food involved that can change the dynamics of the situation.
Most of the campsites in North Grove Campground are pretty nice, but the best campsites are 30 – 59.
North Grove Campground Features
|Number of Campsites:||51 Campsites|
|RV/Trailer Length:||30 Feet|
|Cell Phone Service:||None|
|Operating Season:||Open year-round. December 1st – February 28th only self-contained winter (snow) camping, with no facilities or running water.|
|Nearest City/Town:||Arnold, California|
|Elevation:||Approximately 4800 Feet|
|Location:||Calaveras County, California|
|Paved Road Access:||Yes|
|Proximity to Stores:||Arnold, CA is 7 miles west|
|Directions:||From SF Bay Area
Take I-580 eastbound over Altamont Pass to I-205 toward Manteca, to US 99 North. Take the exit for State Hwy 4 Eastbound (Angel’s Camp) to the Park Entrance. Calaveras Big Trees is about 35 minutes driving from Angel’s Camp.From Southern California
Take either I-5 or US 99 North. From I-5 you can cross to the other side of Stockton on State Hwy 4 to 99/4 South a few miles, then follow Hwy 4 towards and beyond Farmington to the Park. Calaveras Big Trees is about 35 minutes driving time from Angel’s Camp.From Sacramento
Take U.S. 99 South to Stockton. Turn East on State Hwy 4. Driving time to the park from here is approx 1 hour and 30 minutes. Pass through Farmington and Copperopolis to the Park. An alternate route from Sacramento is to take State Hwy 16 to State Hwy 49 South through Jackson, San Andreas, and Angels Camp.From Nevada
Take US 395 to State Hwy 89 West to the terminus of State Hwy 4, up over Ebbett’s Pass to the Park. The road is closed in Winter. It’s very scenic, but so steep and tortuous that trailers and large motorhomes are ill-advised to use it.
Maps & Brochures
|Web:||Calaveras Big Trees State Park Website||Twitter:|
|Reservations:||Online Campsite Reservations|
When To Go
Late Fall – Calaveras Big Trees State Park is great in the Late September – October timeframe, the weather is nice, the leaves are turning on some of the trees, and the crowds are not there. This makes it more relaxing and easier to get a campsite.
Thursday 03/22 100%
High 48° / Low 32°
Thunderstorms likely. High 48F. Winds SSW at 10 to 20 mph. Chance of rain 100%.
Friday 03/23 10%
High 48° / Low 32°
Mostly sunny skies. High 48F. Winds S at 5 to 10 mph.
Saturday 03/24 100%
High 35° / Low 26°
Periods of snow. Temps nearly steady in the mid 30s. Winds S at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of snow 100%. Snow accumulating 3 to 5 inches.
Sunday 03/25 50%
High 40° / Low 23°
Occasional snow showers mixing with rain in the afternoon. High around 40F. Winds light and variable. Chance of rain 50%.
Monday 03/26 10%
High 48° / Low 28°
Plentiful sunshine. High 48F. Winds NNW at 5 to 10 mph.
Tuesday 03/27 0%
High 54° / Low 33°
Mainly sunny. High 54F. Winds NNE at 5 to 10 mph.
What To Do
The big draw to Calaveras Big Trees State Park are the big trees (go figure). From North Grove Campground, you can easily get to the South Grove, where you will find lots of huge Sierra Redwoods, both standing and those that have fallen. The best way to experience the big trees is by taking one of the many trails throughout the park and campground. There are also trails that lead to stunning overlooks and the Stanislaus River.
Not far from Calaveras Big Trees State are three state historical parks that are worth checking out.
• Columbia State Historic Park – 3 miles north of Sonora off Hwy. 49
• Indian Grinding Rock State Historic Park – 11 miles northeast of Jackson on Pine Grove-Volcano Road
• Railtown 1897 State Historic Park – In Jamestown on 5th Avenue, off Hwy. 108
Snowshoe Brewing Company – If you are a craft beer fan like we are, you like to visit breweries when you travel, so you will want to stop in the nearby town of Arnold, CA to visit Snowshoe Brewing Company.
North Grove Campground – Calaveras Big Trees State Park Photos