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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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  • This place has always been amazing, with long, less used trails for the serious hikers, to short easy hikes thru beautiful Redwood Groves in all stages of growth. The trails run from an easy half hour...  more »
  • We have been going here for several years with our family. I never get tired of seeing these beautiful trees. My husband isn't a real hiker, so this park is great for him. Even though it's an easy tra...  more »
  • As a child, often went to Redwoods--but as an adult living far away for many years, had forgotten how truly AWESOME those Redwoods are. Trees do not reach those proportions anywhere else on earth. MUS...  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.