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The Forest of Nisene Marks

California Travel Directory - Nature Travel

The Forest of Nisene Marks State Park is a state park of California, USA, protecting a tract of secondary forest in the Santa Cruz Mountains.

Forest of Nisene Marks is located outside Aptos, California and contains over 64 km of hiking trails and fire roads through 10,223 acres of variable terrain.
The Forest of Nisene Marks 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.

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.
Location - Directions

The park is four miles north of Aptos on Aptos Creek Road.
Seasons - Climate - Recommended clothing

The weather can be changeable; layered clothing is recommended.
About the park

This park is on land that was clear-cut during a forty-year logging frenzy fom 1883 to 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.

Located off State Park Drive Exit up Aptos Creek Road (831)464-5620

We Dig the trails! Volunteer with the Trail Crew!
Sunday, September 16, at 9:30 AM
Sunday, October 21, at 9:30 AM
and Every 3rd Sunday of the month at 9:30 AM visit, for details.
The Nisene Marks Volunteer Trail Crew has helped make it possible for others to safely enjoy the beauty of our park. The Trail Crew meets the third Sunday of each month, rain or shine. A typical workday lasts until mid-afternoon. Please bring your own work gloves, lunch and water. Join us for a unique perspective of the Forest of Nisene Marks State Park and enjoy a lively and productive experience with others who share a love of these redwood forests, and the satisfaction of participating in a vital part of the park's ability to educate and inspire the public! Join us on Sunday, September 16th, 9:30AM at the entry kiosk. For more information please contact

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