Plan Your Visit

One of the best parts of staying at The Nest at Big Trees is that you'll never run out of things to do. The abundant beauty of Calaveras County and the Stanislaus National Forest offer endless opportunities! We supply a pass to the national parks in the cabin that you are welcome to borrow on your journeys.

About our location:
The Nest at Big Trees is located in the Snowshoe Springs neighborhood in the (very) small town of Dorrington, California. We are a part of historic Calaveras County. Big Trees State Park, home of some of the most awe-inspiring redwood groves in the world, is right next door.

Things to do when you visit...

Within walking distance from The Nest at Big Trees:
  • Snowshoe Lake- Our neighborhood lake is a 15 minute walk from the cabin. There is a lovely walking trail around it and you're welcome to swim and enjoy the beach and picnic area. Children under 13 years of age are even invited to go fishing!

  • Big Trees Village Rec Center - In the summer, guests can utilize the pass we offer to our neighborhood rec center and pool. You will also find bocce ball, frisbee golf, basketball and more. 

  • Sledding - In the winter, kids of all ages will enjoy sledding down the hills around the cabin. If you want to take a 5 minute walk, you will even find our neighborhood toboggan run!
  • Dorrington Hotel and The Lube Room Saloon - The historic Dorrington Hotel, the post office and The Lube Room can be seen on the other side of HWY4 from Dorrington as you pull in to the neighborhood. Grab a bite to eat at The Lube Room if you're looking for casual and delicious dining (their burgers are award winning!).

State Parks (Don't forget to borrow the parks pass from the cabin before you head out!):
  • Calaveras Big Trees State Park (7 minute drive) - Home to the world's tallest trees, you can walk among the redwoods on the many trails in the park. The North Trail is a flat loop that takes you through a self-guided (grab a pamphlet before you start) tour of the awe-inspiring redwood grove. It is awe-inspiring for anyone and is also stroller and wheel-chair friendly. Be sure to explore the meadow, Beaver Creek, check out the Stanislaus River, and the park's visitor center. 

  • Historic Columbia Gold Rush Town and Columbia State Park (45 minute drive) - Take in some authentic California history in this authentic Gold Rush era town. Check their website for events and hours.

Local Adventure:
  • White Pines Lake (12 minute drive) - An in-town lake, beach area and playground that lends itself to kayaking, picnicking and day trips. On the smaller (and less rural side), White Pines makes an easy trip for families with young children. Check out the rope swing on the far side of the lake!

  • The Town of Arnold - Arnold is the nearest town and where you can find anything you may need during your stay. There are shops, groceries and restaurants.

  • Sierra Nevada Logging Museum - Add a visit to this engaging museum when you stop by White Pines Lake (they're neighbors) and take a photo with the giant pencil.

  • Arnold Rim Trail - The trailhead at White Pines Lake will send you on the beautiful hike that is adaptable to all levels of adventurer.

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