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.
The 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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  • Excellent relatively easy for older and/or physically-challenged individuals walking path through a well-maintained grove of Coast Redwoods. 
    Excellent relatively easy for older and/or physically-challenged individuals walking path through a well-maintained grove of Coast Redwoods.  more »
  • I love seeing redwoods, & this park had excellent ones! The trails were well maintained, marked so easy to follow, appreciated the handy trail guides. The little visitor center had nice small... 
    I love seeing redwoods, & this park had excellent ones! The trails were well maintained, marked so easy to follow, appreciated the handy trail guides. The little visitor center had nice small...  more »
  • Henry Cowell Redwood state park is a good place for a stroll amongst the redwoods. There is also a train which the kids will love. Its get very busy and with the road works going on at the moment... 
    Henry Cowell Redwood state park is a good place for a stroll amongst the redwoods. There is also a train which the kids will love. Its get very busy and with the road works going on at the moment...  more »
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  • This is a weekly must go by myself or shared with others. My favorite path is along the San Lorenzo river - where the locals go mostly - some with their dogs. There are many groves with tables, bathroom buildings and so much serenity. Wildlife too. Being there is awesome all year round. I could go on and on ~ this park is a major reason I live here - about seven minutes from the entrance.
  • Some gigantic redwood trees. Not so affected by the fires what we could see. A really nice easy walk through the woods from the visitors center. Parking is $10 for one car. Well kept park. Easy to reach from the highway. We spent 60-90 min here.
  • First time seeing redwoods! My first visit to California and view of the redwoods. From the small amount of research I did, this place seemed to be one of the best spots in the nearby area to go. The kind woman at the gift shop suggested trails and the overlook. I found the overlook quite underwhelming. If you can start from the campground and hike there it would be worth it. But the hike from the visitors center is too far to be worth it. Didn’t ride the train but I did hear it running. An absolutely beautiful park worth visiting! Trails are marked well too.
  • Great place to walk through natural beauty. It's calm and quiet in spite being frequented by a lot of tourists. There are separate trails for dogs. Dogs are not allowed on the loop trail which is about a mile long. This trail also has restrooms halfway through it along with a small picnic area. There are plaques with good information regarding various trees and activities done by the park authorities to maintain and keep the trail safe. This park hosts a tree trunk that dates all the way back to 1 A.D. which is awesome! There's a gift shop near the parking area. There's also a board with information regarding the various trails and wildlife that inhabit the park. If you are lucky you can spot a few black tailed deer so keep your eyes peeled. There's also a visitor center close to the trail heads. Parking: Get here early before noon so you can find parking easily. The parking fee is $10. If you get here early there might not be anyone at the kiosk to accept payment so be sure carry check or cash that you can drop off in a slip available at the gift shop.
  • Beautiful amazing Park highly recommended. The Redwoods were amazing. The Rangers were very helpful. The trails were very well-maintained. If you're in the area don't miss out on stopping at this park.

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