Explore the most popular kid friendly 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.

I would rate as easy, very beautiful !

nature trips
22 days ago

Ah bit crowded, a lot of stuff going on besides nature.

Great for kids. Well maintained. Saw a lot of trail runners too

beautiful places

2 months ago

Great, easy hike that puts you among the trees right out of the parking lot. The trees tower above you, it's difficult not to take pictures around every turn! You will see the Mother and Father tree (with signage and a description of their size), as well as a few trees that have been burned out in the middle, allowing people to step inside the resulting "cave." Great wide gravel path the whole way. I went with a 3 year old and a stroller and both handled it great! The parking lot gets crowded very quickly however, even in January! So, arrive early or feel free to continue driving to the picnic areas and parking there. Highly recommend this (or any) of the trails here!

Beautiful trail. I’d say it’s more on the easy side of moderate. There are a number of down trees so we weren’t able to make it to the turn around point listed here since our baby carriers made it too tricky. I’d definitely come out to this area again. Looks like there’s miles of trails we can connect for this.

Nice trail. Despite others opinion, “moderate” is an accurate description. Anyone not agile would have difficulty. The trail has not been cleared of debris from spring rains that caused havoc in the area with landslides (portion of trail re-routed) and many trees to maneuver over and/or under. The trail follows the stream most of the time. Thus, the sounds of water rushing thru the rocks and logs make for an enjoyable hike. We walked up to the Barrel Hill Area and the trail and flora was much the same with more distance to the hike.

Most amazing creek trail my family has ever taken. Runs along the creek with tons of flora to check out. A few inclines, but mostly flat. We would agree that the trail is not truly moderate in difficulty, but somewhere in between moderate and easy.

horseback riding
3 months ago

Great place to take the horses to take a dip. Close to Graham Hill campground where they have overnight facilities for horses. Can get crowded in the summer, but it’s a beautiful park, and all of the trails are fun. We can do a lot of it at a canter even with groups of kids.

Enjoyed mild hiking along the shock resistant trail surrounded by old redwoods and crystal clear creek..

3 months ago

Short hike, but lots of trees to enjoy. Great for kids.

Beautiful scenery, nicely groomed path, but NO TRAIL MARKINGS! It made it very easy to get off path onto one of the many other criss crossing trails. This made for another mile plus of hiking while we found our way back to the main trail. Only use this trail if you are experienced and have a downloaded map to guide you.

This is my favorite hike in Santa Cruz

Beautiful trail, which gives everyone at every ability level a glimpse of the Redwoods and the surrounding environment. Only reason I didn't give it 5 stars is that it is heavily occupied, and not especially peaceful. I was almost ran over by a large group of school kids having a race down the path, followed by their teachers who were allowing them. I prefer the peace and serenity of nature to the screaming, undisciplined activities of children.

Beautiful and busy. If you go farther back towards the mill it becomes more peaceful. Some trail wash out and fallen trees but easy to navigate and find the trail again. Waterproof boots make that part easier. Chilly but refreshing, had a great time!

Amazing hike - Easy to find TH and plenty of parking. Not the biggest Redwoods but Fall Creek is almost like you are in the Northwest. Trail was in really good condition except for a bunch of trees down - at one point (picture included) I didnt think I could get through however wast too bad. I extended by taking Fall Creek up to Big Ben Trail which connects to Truck trail (very quiet) and then back to Ridge Trail. Saw maybe 10 people all morning. I will come back again

Not well marked at all but if you can get connection and use the app you can get your way through it. Hiked around 345pm in Jan 2018 and saw about 8 mtn bikers too so it’s used by a few types of people. Nice 1.5 -2 hr hike for a quickie in the day. Loved it!

This is a lovely, easy trail. It came in at 6.2 RT. There are fallen trees blocking the trail just before reaching barrel mill- you will have to scramble and climb to reach it.
Trail is well maintained and well marked.

I love the smell of the redwood. So nice!

8 months ago

I grew up across the river from here. My most favorite place to be when I miss home.

8 months ago

Very nice trail. It's very shady and you can walk along creeks.

Awesome hike with our puppy and four-year old. We took a short detour up the Bear Mountajn trail and are lunch at a picnic bench near the train track. Plenty of shade for the majority of the tail.

very beautiful. there guides that walk around and tell you fun facts or answer questions at the beginning of the trail. very friendly

Very Pretty! Should be rated easy though... there's only 1 tiny hard part which is the ending... everything else is flat

Wow....while busy and an easy trail...wow. Everyone in the group was in awe. 77 year old grandma down to a very active 4 year old. Love the points of interest. We walked in opposite direction which mean you pass people but are not stuck with same people for duration of walk. Be sure to pick up trail map thay talks thru points of interest. Parking is limited ao get there early. One negative was loud train nearby.

Short easy hike for the family. Wonderful scenery. Even saw a few deers.

Flat. Travelled with 2 kids and in laws and all of them could walk.

11 months ago

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Great for kids

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