Explore the most popular horseback riding trails in Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

hiking
21 hours ago

Nice nature hike not too crowded. Trail was along the creek mostly. No bathrooms so be prepared.

1 day ago

Beautiful hike. One of the best in NorCal.

1 day ago

Beautiful hike. One of best in NorCal.

hiking
4 days ago

Awesome trail. It's actually 9 miles and if you take wrong turns like we did then it becomes 10 miles :D But don't worry it will still be very beautiful and enjoyable. The trail runs adjacent to the Fall Creek and that adds to the beauty of the trail. There are a lot of fallen trees and path going under those trees or go over them. The trail can get confusing since there are places where multiple diversions are possible, so make sure to keep a Google maps or All Trails map on so that you don't get lost. There are a few small waterfalls too on the trail.

hiking
14 days ago

Beautiful trail. Moderate. Closer to 9 miles than 8 miles according to my Apple Watch GPS. Took about 4.5 hours to complete including a few rest breaks. Beautiful walk in the redwoods. This trail passes by “Big Ben” giant redwood. The trail is washed away for about a 10 yard section on the eastern fall creek section of the loop but if it is passable by just making your way across the large tree and rocks that are over the creek.

beautiful places

hiking
21 days ago

it is a moderately decent trail. if you want to get into the woods, it's perfect.

hiking
1 month ago

Nice paved trail for dogs but the trail part of the loop back may not be dog friendly.. no signs on the way up but there are signs once you meet up with graham hill trail that say no dogs. Graham hill follows the road and is noisy, not my favorite but okay to avoid out and back.

Awesome spot !

2 months ago

all around great trail

on Fall Creek

hiking
2 months ago

This is one of the most beautiful Hikes I have ever hiked.With slight drizzle and cloudy skies , it was a amazing hike and I had stopped by the redwood for nearly an hour to enjoy the nature's beauty. For the most part of trail you will have the pristine creek running by beside the trail. the ascend and descend alternates itself and gives you a pleasure of a good workout. Although there is something about the trail I would like to mention. If you are taking the loop through Fall creek south fork trail and join back the Fall creek trail after hiking Big Ben Trail, then after hiking 1.3 miles in Fall creek trail from Big Ben along the creek, you will find that the path has been completely eroded and there is no way to proceed further. You would have to take a switch back to reach the Truck Trail, then hike thru Ridge Trail and S-Cape Trail to join the fall creek trail back. The switch back is not a well marked trail path and you have to figure it out moving back from the closed path say by .2 miles , this increases the trail distance to 10.3 miles and is not what that has been mentioned.

3 months ago

Reasonably challenging, fallen trees to climb over or under, the river or creeks are with you most of the way. Beautiful trail.

hiking
3 months ago

Beautiful hike! Got to see two Banana slugs and Big Ben.

trail running
4 months ago

Absolutely beautiful trail for hiking or trail running. The creek in the bottom is such a treat!!

hiking
4 months ago

Great hike. Get there early to avoid the crowds. Not an experienced hiker, but was was able to navigate through trail fairly well. If you love the Redwoods and all that it has to offer, you’ll love this hike.

4 months ago

Absolutely beautiful forest with a crystal clear creek providing a lovely soundtrack. )The limestone kilns are pretty cool as well.) This is one of the prettiest forests I’ve seen. Pack a nice lunch and maybe your journal or book -there are many places whee you can step off the trail and just enjoy the setting.

hiking
5 months ago

It's like walking along a trail I read from a book / movie! Fabulous!

Beautiful area, but the Graham Hill part of the trail is actually along the road. The paved trail along the park is dog friendly. I think it is called Pinehill road. Beautiful park and camp ground.

6 months ago

Awesome! Love the smell of the redwood.

6 months ago

Very good trail. As I read somewhere, the path is laid but the trail is not. Pure wilderness experience with soothing water sounds along side the creek. Big Ben makes an interesting mid point and so does the other spots in between (lost spot, barrel mill site). Didnt found more than dozen people for whole 3 hrs (started 7.30am from parking) and had the whole of forest to explore.

7 months ago

Such a nice trail with lots of shade.

I really enjoyed this hike! We went to the right at the bridge where it splits off. We were glad we did as we hiked down hill more rather than more uphill walking. There is a part where it gets tricky right when you double back. We had no service but the map would still stay up, just without the blue locator dot. When you need to find the trail to double back, you have to cross left over the creek.. that was the only part I found to be tricky. Absolutely gorgeous!!

If you have dogs the only option is to follow the pathed path the entire trail- it's not allowed to cross over to other trails. There's a few steep hills for a good viewpoint at "overlook bench". For the $10 day use fee it was modest

hiking
7 months ago

Great day for a hike! Took some familiar trails and checked out a part of the trail I hadn't been on before.

hiking
7 months ago

So perfect! Many different trails to try out. And so much water everywhere! This hike never disappoints.

8 months ago

Hike seemed very pleasant. But, must warn about few adventurous routes we took. There is one deviation where we need to go below and cross over a branch. Instead, we climbed up a non safe path which was leading to nowhere. So we had to comeback. Otherwise, it was just an amazing feeling in the woods.

walking
9 months ago

love it

9 months ago

If you go up the steep end, you'll get a good workout, but it's a beautiful hike! There's a point where the trail drops off (Barrel Mill area) due to, what looks like, a landslide or something. Go down into the creek and walk across the large, downed trees to get back onto the trail. This is the only reason I gave it a 4. Also, it ended up 13 miles from the parking lot. That was using 'map my hike' app. Don't know how accurate it is, but it took me 3 1/2 - 4 hours.

hiking
9 months ago

We intend to take fall creek to another trail and loop around, but we got a late start. We ended up hiking the fall creek trail out and back again. Dogs are not allowed and there is a lot of poison oak, however it's completely avoidable if you stay on the trail. Gorgeous redwoods and ferns all alongside a creek. There were a couple of good inclines but spaced enough apart that by the time you get to one, you've forgotten about the last. The trail is blocked due to a landslide at one point, but it's easy enough to circumvent. Beautiful trail, can't wait to try it again.

hiking
10 months ago

As of July 2 main trail along Fall Creek is closed 1/2 mile before Barrel Mill due to a slide from winter storms. If you are an experienced scrambler you can get through it by going down to Creek and crossing logs to reconnect to trail. DO NOT GO UP THE STEEP HILLSIDE! Hillside is sand and dangerous.

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