The Forest of Nisene Marks State Park offers 10,000+ acres of mountains and forest to explore, with over 40 miles of trails. It is a mecca for area hikes, mountain bikers, joggers, and nature lovers. The park includes picnic areas, BBQ pits, and the remains of numerous buildings which were built to facilitate logging the area.
The logging industry is what sustained Aptos in the early years, and it’s incredible to think that the entire area of Nisene Marks park was clear cut – there are very few old-growth trees in the park. Virtually every tree which visitors to the park see is less than 100 years old. The park is also famous as the epicenter of the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake.
The park is very centrally located, with the entrance located near the Aptos Village Park, at the intersection of Soquel Drive and Aptos Creek Road.
The Forest of Nisene Marks State Park is truly one of the gems in the California State Park system, and one of the hidden treasures of Aptos.
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See also Forest of Nisene Marks State Park