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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  • A beautiful grove of redwoods easily accessible for all with a ~ 1 mile flat path that meanders through the forest. Self guided tour. It is smaller overall than Muir but at least you can get to this s...  more »
  • I prefer hiking Fall Creek Park which is part of the Henry Cowell Park System. It’s entrance is also in Felton but on Felton Empire Grade. About two miles from Felton proper. It is a lovely but vigoro...  more »
  • Beautiful state park! A small preserved piece of the forests that used to cover this entire area, and very much well worth seeing. The redwoods here are hundreds of feet tall and thousands of years old. Wars have been fought, empires have risen and fallen, and these trees have lived through it all. Go walk among them and be awed by their magnificence! When we went, there was a guide by the John C Fremont Tree who was very knowledgeable and happy to walk and talk with anyone. Recommend spending some time with these people and learning their perspective on the forests they love.
  • Perfect easy family loop. Be sure to pick up an informative pamphlet at the start to read at the markers throughout! LOVELY forest. Beautiful redwoods. I highly suggest this one, but leave the pups at home. There are only one or two dog friendly paths in this park.

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