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The Forest of Nisene Marks State Park offers rugged semi-wilderness, rising from sea level to steep coastal mountains of more than 2,600 feet. Once the site of logging operations until the 1920s, visitors can still find evidence of logging operations, mill sites and trestles in the park. The land was donated to the state by the Marks family in 1963. With over 30 miles of trails, hiking, jogging, and biking are some of the activities to be enjoyed here. Picnic tables and barbecue pits are available. A trail camp is located six miles from the nearest parking lot. Camping is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Please contact the park for more information. This park is on land that was clear-cut during a forty-year logging frenzy (1883-1923). When the loggers left the Aptos Canyon, the forest began to heal itself and now the scars grow fainter with each passing year. The Forest of Nisene marks is a monument to forest regeneration and the future - it is a forest in the state of becoming. Dogs are allowed only along the entrance road and in the picnic areas and must be on a leash no longer than six feet at all times. Park open Sunrise to Sunset.

hiking
4 days ago

Quiet and beautiful

18 days ago

Land of the Medicine Buddha never disappoints. Beautiful hiking. The enchanted forest is nothing less than magical.

Great trail if the weather agrees

Beautiful woodsy trail with lots of lovely details. No trail markers tho, or signage, so make sure to study or download a map ahead of time. We luckily found our way to the 6 mile loop but had to double back a few times and even ended up in the State Park.

hiking
24 days ago

Very nice hike, lots to see all along the way. The waterfall is beautiful but my favorite part were the many creek crossings, so fun! Just be sure when you see the first waterfall coming down the hill on your right, that you go up the hill on your left. We kept going straight through the ravine along the creek and realized the trail didn't continue that way

hiking
1 month ago