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 few passes in the cabin that guests are welcome to borrow:
- The "Golden Poppy" State Parks pass to use for Big Trees State Park and Columbia State Park
- Big Trees Rec Center guest pass for use of our neighborhood's pool and recreation facilities
- Spicer Sno Park pass for snow play 15 minutes from the cabin
We also have snow toys and inflatables for the lake that you can help yourself to!
Upcoming Community Events
Check out what is happening around the HWY 4 corridor while you'll be visiting.
Local AttractionsIn the neighborhood:
- 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. Grab something to float on from the deck box, if you wish. Children under 13 years of age are even invited to go fishing!
- Big Trees Village Rec Center - In the summer (apx. Memorial Day-Labor Day), guests can utilize the pass we offer to our neighborhood rec center and pool. Check out the calendar of events at the pool this summer (you can also find the calendar in the cabin): 2021 Summer Calendar
You can also enjoy bocce ball, frisbee golf, tennis, basketball and more on the beautiful grounds.
- Sledding - In the winter, kids of all ages will enjoy sledding down the hills around the cabin. Or, use our provided pass for Spicer Sno Park and head 15 minutes up HWY 4.
- 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, and we highly recommend eating out back (an if you're lucky, catch some live music).
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.
- White Pines Lake - 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.
- The Town of Murphys - Historic Murphys has a darling downtown district with fantastic dining and shopping options. Take a walk, bring the kids to Murphy's Park, and take a step back in time.
- 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.
- Lake Alpine - I If you're looking to kayak, this is our favorite spot! Paddle out to the rocky "islands" in the middle of the lake and take in the gorgeous scenery. You can rent gear on the way at Lake Alpine Lodge.
- Bear Valley Ski Resort - Offering world-class skiing and snowboarding conditions, Bear Valley is a destination for many travelers. You can also find group and private lessons, a tubing hill, and lodge. In the summer, enjoy mountain biking and other adventures!
- Moaning Caverns Adventure Park- Take a guided tour deep beneath the earth to explore the naturally made caverns there. This park also offers rappelling, zip-lining and more.
- Spicer Sno Park - No snow at the cabin? 15 minutes up HWY 4, you will find this state-run snow park. Be sure to bring (and then put back) the complimentary pass in the cabin!
Local dining and relaxation