National Parks / Natural World

Henry Cowell Redwood State Park Felton

Where is it at?

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Henry Cowell Redwood State Park
101 N Big Trees Park Road
Felton
CA
95018
Tel: 831 438 2396

Directions

The park is near Felton on Highway 9 in the Santa Cruz Mountains.
Traveling from San Jose to the main entrance: Take Highway 17 toward Santa Cruz. After you go over the mountains, turn right on Mt. Hermon Road. Follow Mt. Hermon road until it ends at Graham Hill Road. Turn right, and go to the next stop light (Highway 9). Turn left on Highway 9 and go through downtown Felton. The park entrance will be a half mile down on your left.

Where are we going today?

At Henry Cowell Redwoods you can visit with ancient giants of the tree world. The tallest tree in the park is about 285 feet tall, and about 16 feet wide. The oldest trees in the park are around 1400 to 1800 years old.

There is a nature centre plus picnic areas, and catch release fishing is welcome on the Lorenzo River in winter though the rules are fine and should be checked ahead of time.

Over 20 miles of trails are available with varying degrees of length and difficulty, ranging from 0.4 miles long to 3.3 miles and including some seriously steep terrain so be sure what you're setting out on. Bikes are permitted on Pipeline Road, Rincon Fire Road, Ridge Fire Road, and Powder Mill Fire Road.

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How much does it cost?

  • AdultsFree!
LAST UPDATED 2013

When can we go?

Year round daylight access with certain activities discouraged in certain weather conditions.

I'm Hungry!

Picnic areas available. Please leave no trace..

Any Top Tips?

Weather can be both changeable and harsh here, be prepared in terms of spare clothing etc..

What people are saying?

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    What a great park! Covering such a large area of land with so many trails you could easily be here for days and still not be able to explore everything. Because we were only here for a limited amount of time. We did the circle that goes around the redwood grove near the gift shop. It was so nice. It was nor crowded at all, especially compared to Muir Woods. We were alone on the trail most of the time. Be on the look out for banana slugs and deer. We saw deer but no banana slugs. But when we went to the Fall Creek side of the park we saw banana...Read More

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    JUNE 15 2014 First time I had a problem with any State Park in the Thirty-two years of camping. About 7:30am Went to bathroom to brush my teeth had to what just a few minutes for the two men with Parks Maintenance to finish cleaning the bathroom .Upon entering the the bathroom I could smell the strong Oder of BLEACH it was so strong my eyes were burning. I quickly brushed my teeth and got out. About twenty mins.later I went to take off my sweatshirt to see it was damaged all across the front from BLEACH.The black in color is now white,and started...Read More

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    STAY OFF THE Zayante Trail.. Rangers DO NOT patrol this trail and there is many people with off leash pit-bulls and dogs, Many homeless Camps and much garbage, stripped bicycles strewn about the bushes.
    UNFORTUNATELY this is the only way many of us can get into Henry Cowell Park on our horses.
    Scary when you see dogs rushing you on your horse barking and growling, while the owner is just numb to anything your trying to say to them about leash laws.
    I will start carrying pepper spray and WILL use it if a dog proceeds to try and attack me OR...Read More

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    We walked the redwood grove trail, a one mile walk through some of the oldest redwoods in the area. The forest is peaceful, the redwoods are awe inspiring, and all the facilities are well maintained. The park rangers we met were nice and helpful as well. If you're nearby, definitely stop by.

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    Really beautiful park just north of Santa Cruz - there is a river that you can walk past and some nice trails to explore.

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by Michael Giskin

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What a great park! Covering such a large area of land with so many trails you could easily be here for days and still not be able to explore everything. Because we were only here for a limited amount of time. We did the circle that goes around the redwood grove near the gift shop. It was so nice. It was nor crowded at all, especially compared to Muir Woods. We were alone on the trail most of the time. Be on the look out for banana slugs and deer. We saw deer but no banana slugs. But when we went to the Fall Creek side of the park we saw banana slugs and make sure to check out my review for that as well. The trail is very shaded. It's so amazing to look at the immense size of the redwood trees. There's so much to see and do in this park. You can on a train ride and maybe even spot some locals riding their own horses throughout the park. Even though you have to pay to enter the park it's worth it goes towards a good cause and don't forget - if you go to another part the same day you get to go for free!

by D Walrod

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JUNE 15 2014 First time I had a problem with any State Park in the Thirty-two years of camping. About 7:30am Went to bathroom to brush my teeth had to what just a few minutes for the two men with Parks Maintenance to finish cleaning the bathroom .Upon entering the the bathroom I could smell the strong Oder of BLEACH it was so strong my eyes were burning. I quickly brushed my teeth and got out. About twenty mins.later I went to take off my sweatshirt to see it was damaged all across the front from BLEACH.The black in color is now white,and started to to develop a hole.Clearly the Maintenance personal DOSE'T KNOW HOW TO RINSE, AND TOWEL DRY THE SINKS. LOOK OUT YOU ARE SUBJECT TO BEING BURNED BY THE BLEACH.

by Bsa Roll

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STAY OFF THE Zayante Trail.. Rangers DO NOT patrol this trail and there is many people with off leash pit-bulls and dogs, Many homeless Camps and much garbage, stripped bicycles strewn about the bushes.
UNFORTUNATELY this is the only way many of us can get into Henry Cowell Park on our horses.
Scary when you see dogs rushing you on your horse barking and growling, while the owner is just numb to anything your trying to say to them about leash laws.
I will start carrying pepper spray and WILL use it if a dog proceeds to try and attack me OR my horse!

The Weather

Monday

Conditions: Partly Cloudy
Temp: 102° F / 39° C
Humidity: 52 %
Wind: SE - 0 MPH

Tuesday

Conditions: Clear
Temp: 90° F / 32° C
Humidity: 29 %
Wind: W - 8 MPH

Wednesday

Conditions: Clear
Temp: 75° F / 24° C
Humidity: 58 %
Wind: S - 7 MPH

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