Big Basin is home to some of the biggest trees and waterfalls in the Santa Cruz Mountains. In the late spring, listen carefully for endangered marbled murrelets nesting near this waterfall.
Ancient coast redwoods, four waterfalls, and wildlife including woodpeckers, Steller's jays, and deer.
Founded in 1902, Big Basin Redwoods State Park is the oldest state park in California. It was created as the result of a meeting held at Stanford in May of 1900 to discuss the land, which was threatened by logging. After the meeting, a group of businessmen, journalists, environmentalists, and politicians founded the Sempervirons Club. The club worked with the state legislature to approve a bill to purchase the land, which became known as California Redwood Park (the name changed to Big Basin Redwoods State Park in 1927). Over the years, the Sempirvirens Club has continued to push for conservation and land aquisition in the area, and has worked to develop the park and its trails, campsites, and picnic areas.