The Bay Area has a lot of redwoods, but only Big Basin had a large, pristine old-growth redwood forest that compared with the North Coast parks, and it was unfortunately destroyed in a major fire in 2020.
Muir Woods, Portola Redwoods, and Henry Cowell have smaller but very scenic old-growth redwood groves. The other redwood parks on this page are mainly second-growth parks, although some of them have small amounts of old growth.
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A nice quiet park that appears to be mostly old growth, but the trees are pretty small. Has a small campground. The Peters Creek grove is the most impressive in the park, but it requires a long and difficult hike.
The busiest redwood park, mainly because it’s close to San Francisco. The old-growth grove is very scenic, although the redwoods aren’t especially large. Reservations are required to park anywhere near the entrance.
Features a small and very popular old-growth grove just outside Santa Cruz. The park also has a campground and an extensive second-growth trail system.
Big Basin once had the largest and most scenic stand of old-growth redwoods in the Bay Area, but a major fire burned through in 2020 and the park doesn’t really look like old growth any more.
A remote, redwood-blanketed cluster of parks with some very nice second-growth trails. There are also a few patches of old growth, most notably tiny Heritage Grove.
A quiet, remote park with a remarkably lush pocket of redwoods in a coastal canyon. The canyon bottom, where the biggest redwoods were, has been heavily logged, but some old growth uplands remain.
A scenic and enjoyable park in a lush redwood-filled gorge. The Pioneer Tree Trail has a tiny but nice old-growth grove; the rest of the park is second growth.
It’s not in pristine condition, but Roy’s Redwoods has what appears to be a small, off-trail old-growth grove.
A scenic coastal park with shady redwood canyons and dramatic vistas.
Fog flowing through the Golden Gate supports a remarkably lush strip of second-growth redwoods in the East Bay, most of which are in this park.
A small Oakland park mostly covered with second-growth redwoods.
A shady park above suburban Woodside with an extensive trail system and a large developed area.
Mainly a mountain biking destination, this park has lots of rough, steep, and challenging trails.
A long trail just below Skyline Boulevard. Includes a little-known patch of upland old-growth redwoods.
This park in the green hills above Saratoga has a large developed area and a network of trails that climb up to Skyline Ridge.
A large park outside Santa Cruz with open fields and oak woodlands in the southern half and some heavily-logged canyon-bottom redwoods in the north.
A large park outside Santa Cruz entirely covered with dense, heavily-logged second-growth forest.
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