Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park, Felton

#48 of 610 in Nature in California
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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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  • 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...  more »
  • I moved out of the redwood forest after 39 years, and a return to this nice park maskes me smile and appreciate the uniqueness of the central coast area. I was happy to see the parking lot full on...  more »
  • Incredibly beautiful and peaceful. Extremely accessible place to see the big redwoods. Loop trail walk path (pick up the self-guide brochure at the visitor center) is flat and well maintained. Much more of a stroll than a hike. Great place to bring kids to inspire and awe. Visitor center and natural history museum are worth a trip by themselves.
  • Henry Cowell park is a wonderful place, especially the Fall Creek unit across Highway 9. Redwoods, streams, oak trees, and the remains of historical lime kilns and logging artifacts dot the forest. There are miles of trails, from easy to strenuous, and all beautiful. It is a serene place even when it's full of other hikers. Fall Creek especially is a great place to take kids, and there is a fairly easy trail that follows a beautiful year-round creek. One of my favorite places to go in the area!

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