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Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park, Felton

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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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Reviews
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  • This old growth redwood forrest is in my top 3 of the most beautiful places I've ever been. Fortunately, unlike the Sequoias and Yosemite, also in CA, this park is NOT overcrowded and there are many p...  more »
  • Was an easy detour on our way to Monterey. It cost $10 a car to park (well worth it to keep the park in good condition). They have bathrooms there, a small visitor center, and well maintained trails. ...  more »
  • The visitor's center was kid friendly and we went on the interpretive hike complete with family circles, banana slugs and albino redwoods. So glad we had the pamphlet to guide us.  more »
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  • Not a very big park, but it's very nice for the size! It's very easy to get to and has a decent amount of parking. The pipeline trail is a great walk that gets you to the top of a ridge where you can see the ocean! That trail is also dog friendly and my pup thoroughly enjoyed the walk. I'm not sure if it'll stay the same, but we were there on Sunday and say about 15 banana slugs, which is more than I've seen at any other park I've been to.
  • This place is absolutely breathtaking!! The pictures can never give justice to the depths of growth here. You can even go inside a tree like it's a cave! The local college likes to make records squeezing an amazing amount of people inside. What a great place to get back to the roots of life ;-)
  • Do you have out of town guest? Do they like to walk, but not too much? Do they have some kids with them? Do you just want them to have a taste of the Redwoods without traveling to Yosemite? This is the place for you! I usually bring my out of town guest here for a relaxing walk and a chance to see some amazing Redwoods. We book tickets on the train for the children and end it all with a gift shop stop. The nice thing is that if you buy a parking pass it is valid for same day Natural Bridges State Beach access!!!! You can park there for free !!!! Then they get the Redwoods and the Pacific Ocean in one shot.
  • I love the hiking trails in this park. Most are pretty challenging, with climbs of 500 ft or more, and some are pretty rough. Pipeline Rd is a paved fire road, and offers excellent views. It's challenge is the gain in elevation. There are many side trails branching off of Pipeline, but all that I've hiked are pretty rough and poorly maintained. For these, be sure to have a decent hiking stick. There are also several trails around the visitors center that are easy walking. The one mile loop through the redwood grove is easy walking and a great experience. There are others that loop along the river to the main gate and through the meadow. If you don't want to pay for entry, the trails can be accessed from an informal parking area along Graham Hill Rd just north of Sims Rd.
  • Beautiful setting with crisp, fresh air. Lots of parking, but it does cost $10. Bathrooms aren't well stocked, and don't have change stations for babies.