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You can now walk past California’s famous redwoods. Google Maps adds six destinations from the ‘Golden State’

Six new destinations were recently added by Google Maps to their California State Parks Street View collection. Users can now walk past California’s famous redwoods, visit the Berry Creek Falls or check out some cool rock formations in Castle Rock State Park.

Dubbed the ‘Golden State,’ California is home to the largest and most diverse natural and cultural heritage, including lakes and reservoirs, coastal beaches, historic homes, Spanish era adobe buildings, lighthouses, and ghost towns.

The Street View snapshots, made public on Google Maps, were collected with the help of the Sempervirens Fund using the Trekker and 360-degree cameras.

Photo: Google Maps
Photo: Google Maps

Part of the collection is the Big Basin Redwoods State Park, which holds the largest stand of coast redwoods south of San Francisco. Some trees are estimated to be 1,000 to 2,000 years old.

With nearly 80 miles of roads and trails, Big Basin offers many opportunities to find sweeping views of the Pacific.

Here, visitors can find the 250 foot (76 meters) tall, 2,000 year old ‘Father of the Forest’ redwood tree.

Google Maps users can also see the first State Park plaque at the foot of Slippery Rock Shadowbrook Trail, Big Basin Redwoods State Park

Photo: Google Maps
Photo: Google Maps

It was at this site that A.P. Hill and a small band of individuals formed Sempervirens Club. On May 15th, 1900, the group decided to campaign for the protection of the remaining coast redwoods.

At the time, California’s economy was booming, and redwood forests were desecrated by aggressive logging.

After two years of campaigning, Sempervirens Club convinced California legislature to pass a bill that would create a redwoods park. A year later the state acquired 3,800 acres of ancient coast redwoods in Big Basin. The park was originally named California Redwoods Park, but later became Big Basin Redwoods State Park.

Sempervirens Club went on to protect over 34,000 acres of redwood forest in the Santa Cruz Mountains. The group was revived and renamed Sempervirens Fund in the 1960’s, and the organization is active today.

John Beckett