We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
Improve this listing
Sponsored by:
Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Your filters are still active.
There are no pins in your viewport. Try moving the map or changing your filters.
Sponsored by:
Get directions
Address: Highway One, Half Moon Bay, CA
Phone Number: 650-726-8819
Activities: Hiking
Description: The kind of place only the locals know about, this scenic state park is...
The kind of place only the locals know about, this scenic state park is just south of Half Moon Bay and features a sandy beach and a seal preserve, plus trails for hiking and horseback riding.
read more

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 16 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 8
    Excellent
  • 7
    Very good
  • 1
    Average
  • 0
    Poor
  • 0
    Terrible
A great discovery !

We went to see the huge redwoods and discovered a working steam engine train that tours one through the forest with options of an hour and a half ride or a 3 hour ride along the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 19, 2014
771ann
,
Beaver Dam, Wisconsin
Add Photo Write a Review

16 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Date | Rating
  • English first
  • Portuguese first
  • Any
English first
Beaver Dam, Wisconsin
Senior Contributor
33 reviews 33 reviews
16 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

We went to see the huge redwoods and discovered a working steam engine train that tours one through the forest with options of an hour and a half ride or a 3 hour ride along the ocean.. it is fun and beautiful, I only wished my husband who loves trains could of been with us..

Was this review helpful? Yes 2
Fremont, California
Top Contributor
2,504 reviews 2,504 reviews
1,549 attraction reviews
1,475 helpful votes 1,475 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

Cowell Ranch State Beach is a pretty beach in Half Moon Bay area., We have enjoyed stopping here and taking a walk to the beach area; it is around a 1/2 mile walk to the beach. As such, it is less populated but beautiful state beach.

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
California
Contributor
14 reviews 14 reviews
7 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

Very nice beach that is secluded off of Highway 1; small parking lot and then a 1-10 minute walk on a trail through some farmland to get to the beach. Long stairs to get down to the beach; very private; Nice 1.5 mile coastal trail starts near the beach stairs.

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Contributor
13 reviews 13 reviews
4 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2013

I've probably passed this beach so many times on my way to other state beaches in the Half Moon Bay area. Finally, on Memorial Day this past year, one of friends suggested we try this beach. Needless to say, I was taken back by the view of the beach. As you walk from the parking lot to the beach, which... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes 2
Daytona Beach, Florida
Top Contributor
93 reviews 93 reviews
14 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2013

Stopped here by chance on a day's drive from Pacific Grove. It was beautiful and such a great place to walk and hike around the paths. We did not get down to the beach but it looked beautiful, but cold on the day we visited. The sun came out while we were there and gave us a great photo opp.... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Frederick
Senior Contributor
21 reviews 21 reviews
8 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2013

What a good find! Beautiful beach surrounded by rocky cliffs. Can get a little breezy, but once you're on the beach with the sun beating down on you - you'll warm right up. We were 1 of maybe 10 people there on a Sunday. TIPS: Get there early; there are only 10-15 parking spaces. I noticed it got fuller after... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Top Contributor
50 reviews 50 reviews
18 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2013

We were excited that we were in the area when the "Mavericks" surfing contest happened this past weekend. Between "all" the people, traffic and trying to find just where the contest was happening. We searched until we could find a "view' and it was awesome. The ocean is beautiful and this just added to it all.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Mountain View, California
Senior Contributor
42 reviews 42 reviews
16 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2012

Can be a little crowded at times when sunny . Road can flood in winter at times of high tide. A nice hike inland. Many nice CA beaches, this is one.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Pacifica, California
Senior Reviewer
10 reviews 10 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2012

Oh I just give up. I came down here to take a healthy hike and generate some good man-sweat and what did I do? I gawked. I pondered. I wondered in awe. I listened. I watched. I took all 2.2 miles in very slowly. So I could hardly call it hiking. This time we turned north at the end of... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes 4
Redwood City, CA
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2012

A small well preserved hamlet and former ranch perserved along with long trails leading to cliff side views. A true small gem of long gone history not to be missed as you travel north on Hwy 1.

Was this review helpful? Yes

Travelers who viewed Cowell Ranch State Beach also viewed

 
 

Been to Cowell Ranch State Beach? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Register now for free — and start getting automatic notification of new reviews, responding to traveler feedback, adding new photos to your listing and much more.

Manage your listing

Questions & Answers

Questions? Get answers from Cowell Ranch State Beach staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Will you pick up and drop off at my hotel?
  • I have a family of 7. Can your tour accommodate all of us together?
  • How should I dress for this tour?