Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park, Felton

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#52 of 399 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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  • Super easy to get to the Redwoods quickly. If you do t have time to trek through the other parks this is the one for you. The trail is under a mile loop and easy. Nicely labeled trees. Unfortunately t...  more »
  • Enjoyed a great hike - beautiful scenery, quiet. Parking was a little tough - at least where I was. There were lots of mountain bikers around. It could be I chose the wrong location - don’t know.  more »
  • We are from the east coast and have never seen the redwoods. We were in awe throughout the park. This is a beautiful little park that is easy to walk around. There is a simple trek of about 1 mile. It...  more »
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  • This state park is a terrific and easily accessible place to see some old growth coastal redwoods. It's a short drive from Santa Cruz and other nearby communities. The trees are so immense and block out so much light that at the forest floor, it is in perpetual shadow. This place is an amazing experience, and well worth a visit. Don't miss the easy walking loop to see some of the oldest trees.
  • Great hiking trails just outside of town. Campgrounds may be closed seasonally. Pay$10 for lot parking or use your state park pass. Port-o-potty available in the lot. Maps posted at the parking station. Many short trails for folks on a time budget. For longer trails, continue down the road to the 9 north and then the 236 north to Big Basin Redwood Park. Many services available in the towns on the way up, including groceries, gas, and auto parts.
  • The camping sites are very large compared to other campgrounds. When I stayed there there were quite a few that were still empty even though Reserve America said there were full. Henry Cowell redwoods have a number of short 1 mile hikes and median 5 to 6 mile hikes that are wonderful and take you through the redwoods and over rivers etc. One hike we did had an ocean view. We were able to make a campfire, and the camp host sold firewood. bathrooms were relatively clean and had showers that were coin operated but had hot water. the proximity to the ocean made the air damp at night, and everything was wet in the early morning. Perhaps because of the moisture in the air, it was much cooler at night and I expected. Overall it was a very wonderful experience, redwoods
  • Super friendly staff who genuinely seem to have a passion for trains and forests. This is the best convenient spot for checking out old growth redwood trees. To see comparable trees you would normally need to head to Humboldt county for the big forests.
  • Love this place! You can walk many different trails. Friendly staff. The museum is awesome. Quiet, tranquil, and a place to let go of your stress. A morning walk surrounded by redwood trees is a must do!!!

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