Calaveras Big Tress had been ordered to be preserved in 1904 by President Roosevelt, stating this area was “not only a Californian, but a national inheritance.” Later in 1931 it became a state park. Today it offers wheelchair friendly accommodations, including camp sites and hiking trails through these majestic giants.
The North Grove Trail is a magnificent 1.5 mile stroll through some of the oldest sequoias in the the world. This trail is completely wheelchair accessible and will take about one hour to accomplish. Sometimes the trail is an elevated wooden platform other times it is a tightly packed dirt surface. There are some minor inclines but for the most part ridiculously level and plenty of places to stop to rest and enjoy the presence of the trees. There is no restroom or water fountains along the way so come prepared. Also, do not forget bug spray.
Camping at Calaveras Big Trees is one of the most wheelchair friendly campsites I’ve ever been to, plus it was a gorgeous location. There are four spots to choose from but the best one is #20, right across from the bathroom so you do not get traffic. There were good flat areas to set up a tent and at the picnic bench there is a space where a wheelchair could roll right up to.
The all inclusive, private, wheelchair friendly restroom was a wonderful surprise while staying at #20. Equipped with a toilet, roll-up sink, changing area, and roll-in shower with bench (no hand-held shower head).