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Best trails in Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park

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Looking for a great trail in Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park, California? AllTrails has 33 great hiking trails, running trails, views trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. Ready for some activity? There are 21 moderate trails in Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park ranging from 2.2 to 9.7 miles and from 255 to 2,004 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
Description
Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park is a state park near Santa Cruz, California that is beloved for it's old growth redwood groves that date back hundreds of years in addition to second-growth redwoods. Other old growth trees such as madrones, oak trees, Douglas fir, and ponderosa pine trees are also on display at this park, as well as iconic wildlife like banana slugs who make their home in this Northern California redwood forest. The Observation Deck Loop is a great place to view these big trees. The tallest tree in Henry Cowell State Park is about 285 feet tall, and about 16 feet wide. You can also see the John C. Fremont tree where Lt. Fremont camped while surveying for the US government prior to California statehood. The oldest redwood trees in the park are about 1400 to 1800 years old. With over 20 miles of hiking trails and a nature center, this Santa Cruz County park makes a great weekend trip from San Francisco or the Monterey Bay. Mountain biking is also super popular on the scenic trails in this park, and visitors can also visit the beautiful Garden of Eden swimming hole. Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park is near Felton on Highway 9 in the Santa Cruz Mountains. The Roaring Camp Railroad also goes through the park and is a delight for kids and adults alike. The Day Use Annual Pass is accepted at this park.
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Map of trails in Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park
Park information
Acreage
2390 acres
Park hours
Monday
dawn - dusk
Tuesday
dawn - dusk
Wednesday
dawn - dusk
Thursday
dawn - dusk
Friday
dawn - dusk
Saturday
dawn - dusk
Sunday
dawn - dusk
Mailing address
Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park
2591 Graham Hill Road
Felton, CA 95018
Contact
831-335-4598
Top trails (33)
#1 - Fall Creek and Lost Empire Trail Loop
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Length: 9.7 mi • Est. 4 h 54 m
NOTE: It has been reported that the parking lot is CLOSED due to COVID-19. Please see the park's website for up to date information. The Fall Creek trail follows Fall Creek up the drainage. Explore tShow more
#2 - Fall Creek to Lime Kilns Trail
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Length: 4.8 mi • Est. 2 h 26 m
Visit the industrial legacy of the Bay Area amid a lush redwood forest north of Santa Cruz. There's not much left of the 19th century lime processing industry of the San Francisco Bay Area. ProcessinShow more
#3 - Redwood Grove Loop Trail
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Length: 0.8 mi • Est. 21 m
The Redwood Grove Loop Trail showcases the tallest measured tree in the park and the two trees with the widest circumferences. Known as the Mother, Father, and Santa Clara Trees, these famous redwoodsShow more
#4 - Redwoods Reborn - Fall Creek
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Length: 8.5 mi • Est. 4 h 34 m
Explore the Fall Creek Unit on the Fall Creek Trail. Hike past such monuments as the Big Ben Tree and the Barrel Mill Area. The Fell Creek offers beautiful redwood forests and a chance to get away froShow more
#5 - Cape Horn Loop
Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park
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Length: 3.5 mi • Est. 1 h 53 m
As of May 2020, the trailhead parking lot is experiencing full or partial closure due to COVID-19. It is only reachable by foot or on a bike. Show more
#6 - Pipeline Road Trail
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Length: 5.9 mi • Est. 2 h 57 m
The Pipeline Ridge Road Trail bisects the entire section of Henry Cowell Redwood State park. Hike from the Park Office and Entrance Station all the way through to the Horse Grounds. This trail offers Show more
#7 - Ox Road Trail to Garden of Eden
Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park
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Length: 1.5 mi • Est. 43 m
The Ox trail follows the San Lorenzo River for a beautiful stretch of trail. enjoy the dappled light from big leaf maples and alder trees. Keep your eyes out for deer. birds, and other signs of wildlShow more
#8 - Henry Cowell Redwoods to Garden of Eden
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Length: 3 mi • Est. 1 h 25 m
Henry Cowell Redwoods to Garden of Eden is a 3 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Felton, California that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiShow more
#9 - Graham Hill and Powder Mill Trail Loop
Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park
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Length: 4.2 mi • Est. 2 h 15 m
A moderate hike from the oak scrub down to the San Lorenzo River in Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park This is a moderate hike that will take you from the oak scrub along the Graham Hill trail, throughShow more
#10 - Big Rock Hole, Redwood Grove, Ox Trail Path Loop
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Length: 6.5 mi • Est. 3 h 38 m
This trail features a giant swimming hole for hot days. Hike under alders, cottonwoods, and big leaf maple to arrive at this oasis on the San Lorenzo River From the Hillbilly entrance climb down and Show more
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