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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  • I found the park beautiful and well maintained. The hiking trails were well marked and fun to walk. I went very early in the morning and encountered very few people. This made the path and the redwood...  more »
  • We visited Henry Cowell in July 2017 and absolutely loved it. They gave us a pitch which was basically a little clearing in the woods with our own bbq and picnic bench. We couldn't even see anyone els...  more »
  • We visited on our way through from San Francisco to Monterey and were not disappointed. The loop is not an arduous walk and isn't too long so can be enjoyed by all. Pick up one of the trail guides bef...  more »
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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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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