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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  • 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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  • A truly wonderful "western" town with an actual steam train! Surrounded by redwoods and a very nice path for a small forest adventure. No chance of getting lost. I even managed to see a dear which seemed to be quite used to humans. Redwoods were wonderful and some of them were so big that you could get inside them. I can recommend this location if you are visiting the area and don't have time to venture to national parks. Well worth a visit :)
  • Today's visit was a quick visit. Parking was $10. Once parked there is a one mile trail that features red wood trees that loops back to the visitor's center. If you are wanting to quickly see redwood trees this is a great park to visit. It was not nearly are crowded as Muir Woods which made it much easier to enjoy the forest.
  • The best hike I have done so far. Come with your swimsuit. Cause there is awesome place to swim and relax and dive and jump. It's amazing. But you have to find it. Follow anyone cause everybody is going there except families with kids.
  • With multiple trails for hiking, biking, splashing in the river & walking among the towering redwood trees, this is my favorite forest in the area. There's camping (always full May-Sept so book ahead), and tons of trails through gorgeous scenery. You will regularly pass teams of mountain bikers on some trails, and horses on others. If you want a gorgeous dip in the river, there's a hidden place along the river called "The Garden of Eden."
  • Had a great time at the park. We spent about 1 hour here walking around the trail with a paper guide that tells about each of the 15 stops. Just amazing. The staff was all very helpful and extremely nice.
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