In 1842, Graham established the first saw mill west of the Mississippi. Fortunately, the Big Trees here were spared the woodman’s axe, and 25 years later became the first virgin stand of coastal redwoods to be protected from logging.
The area’s first railroad, the Santa Cruz & Felton, began carrying tourists to the Big Trees and the beach in 1875. In 2013, the Roaring Camp & Big Trees Narrow Gauge RR celebrated its Golden Anniversary (50 years) and the Santa Cruz, Big Trees & Pacific RY has been operating along the 1875 Santa Cruz & Felton route since 1985.
The dream of preserving a piece of the 1880s and early California was the dream of Roaring Camps Founder F. Norman Clark.
The covered bridge
Built in 1969, the covered bridge forms the “portal” through which visitors to Roaring Camp go back in time to the 1880s.
Bret Harte HALL
This 1880 barn style venue can host your next hoedown! Bret Harte Hall is open for special events and to rent for private parties. MORE INFO
Located in the heart of Roaring Camp, the 1880’s style gift shop sells toys, snacks and memorabilia.
Visit the Train Depot for departure info, to purchase tickets and wait to board incoming trains.
See the history of Roaring Camp, Railroading and the surrounding area throughout the ages and catch a silent film or cartoon.
Georgie’s Cook House
Serving hamburgers, hot dogs, and more! Open daily through the spring and summer & weekends in the winter.
Outdoor American BBQ and live music open for special events and weekends over the summer. Hearty BBQ meals include Vegetarian options.
Buy a disposable picnic basket on the go which you can eat on the train find a shady tree and enjoy the lovely grounds. Picnic Baskets come with your choice of a sandwich, chips, chips, bottled water, seasonal fruit and a home made cookie. Purchase online and pick up at Georgie’s Cookhouse.
BRING YOUR OWN
You may bring your own meals. Picnic tables are available to rent at the ticket office day of or contact us for advance reservations.
KIDS Club activities
- Redwood Forest Steam Train
- Santa Cruz Beach Train
- Printing Press
- Hand Car
- Gold Panning
- Candle Making
- Craft Station
- Face Painting
- Thomas Play Tables
- Corn Hole
- Hula Hoops
- Mountain Biking
- Explore Ancient Redwoods