Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park, Felton

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#55 of 403 in Nature in California
Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park is a state park of California, USA, preserving mainly forest and riparian areas in the watershed of the San Lorenzo River, including a grove of old-growth coast redwood. It is located in Santa Cruz County, primarily in the area between the cities of Santa Cruz and Scotts Valley, near the community of Felton and the University of California at Santa Cruz. The park includes a non-contiguous extension in the Fall Creek area north of Felton. The 4623acre park was established in 1954.GeographyThe main park covers approximately 1750acre, and the separate Fall Creek unit contains an additional 2390acre. The park lies within the southern end of the Northern California coastal forests ecoregion. In the numerous stream canyons live large populations of coast redwood, coast Douglas fir, California bay laurel, tanbark oak, California hazelnut, bigleaf maple and many other native species.
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  • August 13, 2017
    I went to visit a friend who lives nearby and we went for a gorgeous and glorious hike amongst the redwoods and fresh air and magnificent views and it felt so good to be alive in the forest!  more »
  • August 13, 2017
    Another wonderful place for hiking in the redwoods of California. I hiked along the river trail on this hike. Nice and easy and follows the rivers. Many others trails available, at the level you want.  more »
  • August 12, 2017
    Like Muir Woods to the north, Henry Cowell offers a humbling experience among our elders, the California Redwoods. The loop trail, though popular, brings peace even through the noises of the neighbori...  more »
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  • June 25, 2017
    Very pleasant. It's like being in the woods without being in the woods. Any age can enjoy this park. Very knowledgeable and helpful staff. Fairly crowded though. Tip: pay for parking at one state park and the pass is good all day at all of them on the same day - and there are several nearby.
  • July 9, 2017
    We visited for a few hours to hike and swim. The scenery is lovely, and staff were helpful. Didn't get to see camping amenities, but the restrooms near the visitor center were clean (though out of soap). We hiked along the train tracks and down a treacherous slope to a swimming hole on the the river. The water was cold but clear, and several kids were jumping into the deep part of the pool. All in all, very nice park.
  • May 23, 2017
    Walking through the woods by the creek is an unique experience, I have never had before. It was worth the visit. I would like to go there again! It's not too crowded on the day I went and it was perfect. Although it was hot out there, trees and river kept it cool inside the park. Must do!
  • May 24, 2017
    Camped at the Henry Cowell Redwoods campsite for one night, as a test trial to see if I could handle camping in general. Interesting enough the park is right outside a suburban neighborhood and is conveniently located near a grocery store if you want to pick up food for the camp. Camp sites all seemed relatively large enough for multiple tents. Our camp site was site 62, which was nestled and had enough privacy. Bathroom facilities are well maintained for a camp ground. This is mostly used by families, so be ready for kids with bikes running through the street.
  • June 14, 2017
    This place is worthy going. It is easy to reach, and the trees are magnificent. It is next to a fair/train place that I enter from the fair place to reach the trail. BUT, the trail instruction is confusing, be warned. There are also some unexpected sand trail that makes the hike tiresome. The trail is mostly under the shadow of the tree, but some places are exposed.

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