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Nisene Marks State Park celebrates golden anniversary

Posted: Wednesday, Jan 30th, 2013

A family strolls over Steel Bridge, which stands approximately 50 feet above Aptos Creek. (Photos by Todd Guild/Register-Pajaronian).

APTOS — The late morning sun was slanting through the towering trees at Nisene Marks State Park Saturday, as dozens of people set out on gentle walks, long hikes and mountain bike rides.

Their visit coincided with the park’s yearlong 50th anniversary celebration, which will culminate in May.

Many people drive in past the entrance station and park in the parking area near the steel bridge, which is more than a mile in and a perfect place to begin a walk.

For Collette Vaughn, who recently moved to Aptos with her husband and two young daughters, it’s the multiple activities available that make the park most desirable.

“Everybody can find something to do here,” she said. “I think it’s a great resource.”

Her husband Kurt Vaughn said that the fire road is the only place in the park where biking is permitted, but it stretches for miles to the north and allows for long rides.

For the complete article see the 01-31-2013 issue.

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