Escape from the hustle and bustle of the city and experience the wonder and exploration of the redwood forest found in Portola Redwoods State Park. As visitors descend from the sunny Skyline Ridge to the natural basin of the evergreen forest, there is a sense of transcending into another world, one full of diverse plants and animals that thrive in this unique coastal influenced environment. The park's visitor center feels more like a wilderness lodge with its fireplace and couches. The big draw here, besides the natural beauty, is the hiking. More than 18 miles of trails cover the park's 2,800 acres and range from easy 3/4 mile Sequoia Nature Trail to the strenuous 13 mile round-trip hike up to the Peters Creek Loop Trail. For those looking for even more distance, or possibly an overnight adventure, an extensive trail system in the area connects with Castle Rock State Park, Big Basin Redwoods State Park, Pescadero Creek County Park, Sam McDonald County Park, Memorial County Park, and Butano State Park. Picnicking and camping are also popular activities at Portola Redwoods State Park.