If you are like me, looking for a cheap and healthy recreation activity, and you are blessed to live near places with natural beauty, hiking is the solution to what we are looking for. Living in the northern part of the beautiful state of California, DH and I have gone to love many of the parks and one of our favorite ones is called The Forest of Nisene Marks.
According to Wikipedia, Nisene Marks was a matriarch of a Salinas farming family that bought the land in their search of oil. After drilling effort returned nothing, in 1963 her children donated the 9,700 acres of land to California. The CA State Parks with the help of Save-The-Redwoods League expanded the park to 10,036 acres. Now the park boasts to have 30 miles of trails and are shared by hikers, joggers, and bikers.
Interesting Things to Find in Nisene Marks
Here in Nisene Marks you can find:
- The epicenter of the California Loma Prieta quake in 1989.
- The history, remnants, and information about logging industry (do you know how engineers solved the problem of carrying lumber through a steep incline? What is a bull donkey?).
- The two waterfalls – Five Finger Falls and Maple Falls.
Because the trails in Nisene Marks are for most part shaded, this park is a perfect hiking place during the Summer.
Did I say shady? Well, even though you can be inside of the forest for a long time, there are also openings where you can cast your eyes far and see the magnificent beauty of the Bay Area. Here is one of the opening:
Well, that’s it for now about this magical place. If you live or visit the Santa Cruz area, please visit and enjoy this natural beauty. And if you have a chance, please share, what is your favorite hiking place?