South of San Francisco’s Bay Area is the region known both here and abroad as Silicon Valley. While the area has made a name for itself as the center of technology and innovation, not many know of the natural wonders this section of the Bay Area holds. Quite a large part of Silicon Valley is composed of state parks and wide-open spaces where one can enjoy the splendor of the Great Outdoors.
The best way to commune with nature here is by camping out and savoring all that the woodlands here can offer. Here are our recommendations for great Silicon Valley campsites that will make you look at this technology hub in a new light.
Big Basin Redwoods State Park
This is California’s oldest state park which has been recognized as a historical landmark. As such, it has earned its spot as one of the go-to campgrounds near Silicon Valley.
Big Basin Redwoods State Park spans 18,000 acres across the heart of the Santa Cruz Mountains so you will not fall short of adventures to try here. There are 31 forest trails to hike or run in. Expect to see majestic redwood trees everywhere, as well as waterfalls that make the challenging hikes worth your while. Take your pick from the various trails in varying levels of difficulty. The months of November to February are quite rainy though so while you can go hiking all year round here, it is best to find out about trail conditions first.
Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park
This park was named after the industrialist who owned the land during the latter part of the 19th century. Parts of the property were gradually donated to the state in an effort to preserve the great redwood trees. It eventually became a full-fledged state park in the 1950s.
At its center is a 40-acre old-growth redwood grove, which can be accessed through the Redwood Grove Loop Trail at 0.8 miles. For a more challenging hike, we recommend passing through the Four Crossings at 6.6 miles between summer and fall. This is the time when the river is at its lowest.
Uvas Canyon County Park
At only 1,147 acres, Uvas Canyon County Park is smaller than the first two parks. However, it boasts 7.2 miles of hiking trails and 25 campsites. It’s most notable for its seven spring and rain-fed waterfalls. Thus, it’s of little wonder that the Waterfall Loop Trail is the most popular hike among them all!
The park is open all year round, but it’s best to visit in spring or winter. Pitch up a tent then after an exhilarating walk through the woods, gather the family together and sit by the cozy campfire.
Kirby Cove Camp
While it’s the smallest camp in this list, it’s well worth the visit. The stunning views of the Golden Gate Bridge and San Francisco Bay are probably the best part of hiking to Kirby Cove.
Constructed in the late 19th century as a coastal defense site, this park is worth the visit for both the history and the accessibility from the city. Here, you have the choice to either hike up the hills or relax by the beach – or to do both! Stay overnight or opt for a day trip. Either way, you can a chance to enjoy some fantastic scenery.
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