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Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park

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Walking in the rain

We visited today and enjoyed walking in the rain. Beautiful park, clean and well maintained with... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Grace R
Milpitas, United States
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Giant Redwoods

This is a beautiful and quiet state park. We always stop to hike here when visiting the Monterey... read more

Reviewed January 15, 2019
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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Minutes away from the city, this park has old redwoods.
Suggested duration: 1-2 hours
Big Trees Park Road, Felton, CA 95018
+1 831-335-4598
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We visited today and enjoyed walking in the rain. Beautiful park, clean and well maintained with friendly staff. We love the redwoods, tall and majestic. It’s a different feeling to walk in the rain and see people young and old enjoying nature.

Date of experience: January 2019
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Reviewed January 15, 2019

This is a beautiful and quiet state park. We always stop to hike here when visiting the Monterey area. We hiked to the observation deck thru the sandhills. It was beautiful and peaceful at the top of the mountain with lots of acorn woodpeckers and...More

Date of experience: November 2018
1  Thank cityOchamps
Reviewed January 7, 2019

This was my first visit To Santa Cruz and I had a list of potential stops. I loved the loop walk through this redwoods forest. I love loop walks so I don't feel like I will become a lost hiker and the walk is more...More

Date of experience: December 2018
2  Thank 607happytraveler
Reviewed January 6, 2019

We hiked every trail in this wonderful park, great dog friendly trail that runs through the entire park (Pipeline) all trails are easy and short, can get very busy on weekends. Beautiful Redwoods through-out the entire park!

Date of experience: December 2018
1  Thank HikingGrumble
Reviewed January 4, 2019

We really wanted to see the huge trees on our US road-trip. We had originally planned to visit Muir Woods north of SF, and many had recommended Yosemite as well, but since we were driving down to Carmel, we chose to have a pit-stop at...More

Date of experience: July 2018
1  Thank MisterTNorway
Reviewed December 30, 2018 via mobile

Wide, flat pathways wind their way through magnificent redwoods. Dress warm during winter months, because the temp plunges about 15 degrees when you enter the woods. This is a magnificent way to spend a couple of hours.

Date of experience: December 2018
1  Thank jaseaton
Reviewed December 26, 2018 via mobile

We took 3 kids ages 12, 7 and 7 to this park as an alternative to Muir Woods. The hike is a loop and that was perfect for a break from our road trip.

Date of experience: December 2018
1  Thank ATLTrav
Reviewed November 28, 2018

It is a very cool and beautiful place to go with your family or friends. You can expect a very curious walk through historic trees. Is a super cool place to see the wonderful nature God created!

Date of experience: November 2018
1  Thank Amanda V
Reviewed November 23, 2018

You can't really appreciate the vast size of the giant redwood trees until you're there. The majestic forest canopy creates a peaceful almost spiritual feeling. There is a peaceful river you can hike down to. This is a must see attraction and from what we...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed November 13, 2018

We decided to skip Muir Woods and come here when we heard about the crowds at Muir Woods (and since we were there less than a decade ago). This place is fantastic. A hidden gem. The one-mile Redwood Loop Trail includes fantastic trees (270-foot tall...More

Date of experience: November 2018
2  Thank Mark C
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Angela B
February 13, 2019|
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Response from 607happytraveler | Reviewed this property |
We did not camp there, merely did a nice loop hike from Roaring Camp
September 20, 2018|
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Response from gigidenise2015 | Reviewed this property |
There is a bus that goes from Santa Cruz to the park.. and you can also take greyhound from Monterey to Santa Cruz if that helps?!
Sandy D
July 14, 2018|
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Response from Cowgirlvjs | Reviewed this property |
I researched the train ride and was glad we just drove ourselves. The train stop is nowhere near the entrance to the nice paved walkway through the trees. Like the answer above, the visitor station is about a mile walk... More
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We flew into SF, used Uber app on our phone to get a ride from airport to hotel. For first time users, there's an option to save $30 on first ride, which we did and we paid $3.64 to Lombard Street! Even paying the full price would have been cheaper than taking a taxi or shuttle. We rented bikes and rode to and across the Golden Gate Bridge which was iconic and we ate clam chowder in bread bowl from Fisherman's Wharf. We rented a car for the week on day 2 so we rode around various places in...More
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Sounds like a great trip! Glad you had fun!
LA to SF drive plans, opinions please (18 Replies)
Hi: I originally posted this on the Big Sur forum, but was advised to post here: Hi: 3 of us, 2 adults, 13 y.o. son, driving from LA to SF. Please let me know how this sounds, probably late June or early July. One thing to keep in mind is that our attention spans (in particular the 13 year old, but the rest of us too) aren't that long, so we won't necessarily spend long hours in any particular place. Any hikes we do would probably be less than 2 hours. Day 1: Leave LA, visit Ronald...More
November 03, 2013|
Response fromMadeleine M|
Day 1 -- Santa Barbara is certainly worth a stop. More so than Solvang IMO. Day 2 -- Not a lot of overnight accommodation options in San Simeon. More are available in Cambria or Pismo Beach. Pismo would probably be more fun for a 13 y.o. as Cambria is more couples oriented. This will be a long day if you do a Hearst tour in the morning and want to spend some time at Point Lobos as well (which is well worth a stop). I suggest you find some time to fit in Elkhorn Slough which is north of...More
Scott B
Best Route (currently) from Cambria to SF? (13 Replies)
My wife has been wanting to drive up to coast and we were hoping the road closures would be open, but that doesn't look to be the case. We don't have much time and have our 8 and 6 year old with us as well. What would be the best route for us to take from Cambria to San Fran? She wanted to go through Big Sur, but since that's not really an option I was thinking I would try to leave early and take them all to the Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park for a stop on the drive from Cambria to SF...is...More
February 28, 2018|
Response fromHappyFeet1234|
>> She wanted to go through Big Sur, but since that's not really an option << Sure you can still do it instead of seeking for alternatives to visit. From Cambria take CA-46 then use US-101 north, then at Salinas take CA-58 towards Monterey. Travel on CA-1 south from Monterey, you will reach Big Sur (village area) in 1 hour. Takes longer than if highway 1 is open, but totally doable for your day.