On a new episode of Tori's Trails we stepped into Balch Park, located in the southern Sierra Nevada mountains of California.
The area features some of the largest trees in the world where you and your family will gain a sense of adventure. From may through October it's an ideal location for those looking for hiking, fishing, rock climbing or other day trip excursions.
Balch Park may be the place for you if you have been searching for if you have been looking for a quiet escape from your everyday life.
If you head towards Porterville from Bakersfield, Balch Park is about two hours away. Your GPS will take you up the mountainside until your reach the park.
Once you get there you will be surrounded by some of the oldest and largest trees in the world according to the information inside this park museum. Make sure you stop by the Lady Alice tree right across from the museum and near the parking area. You will see a sequoia that has fallen down, Lady Alice is right behind it. Lady Alice was originally named the largest tree in the world in the 1900's according to the museum. Now she is just over 300 feet tall and is no longer the tallest tree.
Some of the animals you may meet and should keep an eye out for according to the visitor center are black bears, cougars, and bobcats. This is also an area made for campers so remember to lock up your food before you go to sleep.
If you want to cast a fishing line in the pond near the campground, keep in mind that your limited to just five fish. The visitor center contains all of the hiking information you will need.
Keep in mind that some of the trails available are made for more advanced hikers.
Directions: If you type this into your GPS you should get right to the campground
48200 Bear Creek Rd, Springville, CA 93265