Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park

Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park

Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park
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Minutes away from the city, this park has old redwoods.
Duration: 1-2 hours
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  • Ingo Schmökel
    17 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A good alternative if you want to see redwoods
    You not have to go to the MUIR or Sequoia if you wanna see some big redwoods - go to Henry Cowell Redwood State Park. It's easy to find beetween sillicon valley short before Santa Cruz/Monterey. Visiting costs USD 10,00. There's a restroom, a small shop and different parking lots. a round trail leads you through the biggest redwoods.The way is good enough for older persons and strollers as well. We've spent there a relaxing afternoon on our roadtrip "Highway 1".
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 24, 2023
  • MootHouse
    Bury St. Edmunds, United Kingdom682 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Breathtaking. Calm, peaceful,
    Beautiful, peaceful, impressive park. Helpful rangers. Good facilities. Highly recommended. The paths are mostly smooth, suitable for a stroller or wheelchair. Good sign posts linked to the guide. A place I would happily return.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written September 4, 2023
  • Joanne E
    Newton, New Jersey23 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nicer than Muir
    We decided to go there last minute. It was such a nice surprise! It was so quiet and peaceful! The giant redwoods were huge. We hiked up to Overlook Point but it was too foggy to see much. We went to Muir a few days later and found it to be crowded and not as nice. This place is a hidden gem!
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 24, 2023
  • Gabriela l
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Pet friendly <3
    Breath taking ! Everything was so beautiful the staff there are so nice and helpful , since I had two dogs they led me to the trail that would be safe for them and we all enjoyed every single bit of every water river we seen. do bring waters or snacks and comfortable shoes just beware of coyotes !
    Visited February 2024
    Traveled with family
    Written February 27, 2024
  • Wendy M
    641 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Certainly Worth A Visit
    We were pleased that this Redwood park had been spared in the recent fires. The Redwood Grove Loop Trail through the old-growth grove is an easy walk and beautiful. (Unfortunately we arrived during a quite smokey controlled burn so check ahead.) The Falls Creek Unit with younger trees was quite worth a visit with a cascading stream and lovely fern ground cover. We only had a day so just did two hikes as the controlled burn delayed fuller trekking, but there are plenty of challenging trails which can also be explored.
    Visited April 2024
    Traveled with friends
    Written April 22, 2024
  • Vbaker
    Keymar, Maryland202 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A nice little surprise
    We arrived early for our tickets on the train through the Redwoods at Roaring Camp. We saw online that this park was right next door to it so we decided to kill time there. It took us about an hour to do the loop although we did book it a little fast at the end to be back in time so I would recommend allowing an hour and a half. It was an awesome chance to walk among the big trees and commune with nature!
    Visited July 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 18, 2024
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IntlEngineer
San Jose, CA5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2022
Absolutely one of my favorite parks to visit in the Bay Area. The redwoods are among the most marvelous of any forest in California. It’s a popular destination so you will encounter people on the trails, but the park is big enough that folks get spread out so it never feels crowded even if the lots are full.

I highly recommend the Observation Deck loop trail if you’re up for some mild elevation gain. The view from the top is great, and the biodiversity along the way is quite incredible for a 5 mile trail - you’ll feel like you went to 3 different parks instead of just 1.

If you go in the summer or early fall, bring plenty of water and a snack. The rangers are very friendly!
Written February 12, 2022
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933cindyf
Wyandotte90 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2020 • Couples
Oh my gosh!

My husband and I were in awe with the sheer size and the wonder of mother nature.

That was the second state park we visited. The entrance employee noticed our paid parking receipt on the dashboard. He stated since we paid for one entrance fee it was good for the same day to other state parks free entrance for parking.

This state park had a good layout map and trails were marked.

We even saw a banana slug!! A fellow nature person pointed one out to us, so that we wouldn't miss it.

This state park is a must!
Written November 6, 2020
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Mark951
Riverside, CA224 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023 • Couples
This is a limited review because of severe storms we were not able to see everything. We were able to take the loop walk by the visitor center through the trees. The area is full of many different types of trees including redwoods. There is an audio tour you can download which explains the numbered signs. There is a $10 fee to enter and park. It should have been $9 but I did know there was a discount for seniors and the person in the kiosk did not mention the discount. We will return when the weather improves so we can check out the visitor center which was closed and also ride the steam train
Written January 29, 2023
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Ranjeet T
Cupertino, CA4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020
The Fall Creek Unit is now my favorite place to hike in the Bay Area, by a factor of 14. Purisima Creek has 3 tree bridges right off the trail, Fall Creek and its surroundings has 40+ of varying heights, trunk widths, lengths, steepness and rottenness. There are 30+ tree bridges and cantilevered trunks between the Fall Creek trail junction with Bennett Creek Trail and the South Fork trail to Lime Kilns. The South Fork trail has another 5-10. Then, take the Cape Horn Trail to Lost Empire Trail to Big Ben (not the most impressive tree, BTW) , which has another 5 or so, including the one at Lost Camp that crosses a shallow pool with a small waterfall. Descend Big Ben trail to the upper section of Fall Creek Trail, where there are another 40+ in the Barrel Mill area, plus wading pools and small waterfalls and fern covered gullies. An adventure for any kid or anyone with a kid's heart.
Written August 7, 2020
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Rachel K
37 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2021 • Friends
I can’t believe I’ve lived in the Bay Area my whole life and had never come here to see these redwoods! It is one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever been. We did the Redwood Grove Loop trail (about one mile), and it was a very easy and light walk (no elevation), but with beautiful trees and scenery nonetheless. The pathway is also very wide, which makes it feel safe for socially distancing (and pretty much everyone was abiding by mask protocols). The parking can be a little confusing since there are multiple areas to park, so if you’re looking to do the Redwood Grove loop, make sure to park at the N Big Trees Park Rd Parking (101N N Big Trees Park Rd, Scotts Valley, CA 95060). Parking wasn’t an issue and it was a short walk to the trail.
We can’t wait to come back and explore other areas of the park!
Written March 7, 2021
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Michael K
San Jose, CA1,108 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021
We visited the Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park after stepping off the train at the Roaring Camp Railroad. The park is just across the railroad tracks. We only hiked the Redwood Grove Loop Trail which is less than a mile. Even on a Saturday it wasn't that crowded. I like the redwood trees at Big Basin Redwoods State Park better, but driving to Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park is more convenient. Also, one can get access to food and restroom facility at the Roaring Camp Railroad just next door.
Written September 11, 2021
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travelingCAgal
San Diego, CA1,073 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2022 • Couples
On our way from Los Gatos to the central coast we stopped here to stroll among the beautiful redwoods near dusk. It is a pretty park with a nice loop trail into a an isolated grove of redwoods. It is a wonderful place to explore the quiet beauty of nature.
Written April 1, 2022
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Daniel T
Twickenham, UK402 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Family
Did a hike approximately 5 miles up to the observation deck. Views are rewarding and the old growth in the short 1 mile loop near the visitor centre has some incredible huge trees. Recommend this location for some easy rewarding hikes.
Written January 24, 2020
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CADreamin
Felton, CA583 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2021
This park is truly a hidden gem in the Santa Cruz Mountains. While many people have heard of Big Basin State Park (sadly, destroyed by the CZU Fire), those that visit Henry Cowell agree that it's just as beautiful and its smaller size and lovely "Redwood Loop" make it a park that seems 'intimate'. There are plenty of trails for all levels AND there's also another part of the park (Fall Creek) that sits in a valley with creeks, waterfalls and ferns ... in addition to Redwood trees. There's a Visitor's Center (currently closed) and a Park Store (open) which supports the park. There are also docents roaming the park who can answer questions. The park can be crowded during holidays and summer months so it's best to get there early. (Note: Roaring Camp Railroad is right next door.)
Written April 9, 2021
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grits4
North Carolina291 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020 • Couples
While driving down the coast, we stayed in Santa Cruz one night. Our waitress at dinner suggested we visit this park to see the giant redwoods. It was only a few miles from town and we wanted to visit a redwood forest anyway. We took a walking trail along the river for about 20 minutes, but turned around in the interest of time. The redwood trees are majestic and the tallest in the world. Douglas Firs abound in the forest, and they are the 2nd largest. There was another interior trail that we didn’t have time to walk. We hoped to see the huge banana slugs, but they must have been hiding that day. The gift shop had some nice offerings and prices seemed reasonable. We were very glad we visited the park.
Written February 29, 2020
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