Hours: 8 a.m. to sunset

So beautiful and serene, and such a great, well-maintained/informational hike. At the campground and trailhead you can pick up a map and a guided nature hike flier with information about the different plants and wildlife in the canyon. The Waterfall Loop is a lush hike through a coastal redwood riparian environment. You’ll feel like you’re in Big Sur right here in Watsonville. Also, this is the absolute best time to go (I’m writing this in January 2018), as it is technically closed, and you will have it all to yourself. Closure is only due to the road being washed out. Access via the Knibb’s Knob trailhead at the back of the park off Summit Rd (see Maymens Flat and Knibb’s Knob Trail page). You don’t necessarily need 4WD, but it is certainly helpful. Not for children until Croy Rd is open again around April 2018.

This trail gets 5 stars for being so damn useful. As one of the steepest grades in the Bay Area, it’s a great way to train for longer hikes or just get in a great workout. I didn’t even do the .4 mile round trip segment up to Knibb’s Knob, which I might check out next time, because I had a particular goal in mind. This brings me to its second and most important use: access to the rest of Uvas Canyon, including all of the waterfalls. This county park is technically closed right now, and I have no idea why. The only issue is Croy Rd being washed out. So if you can stomach a nearly vertical, 2 mile uphill climb after exploring the park and maybe having lunch at the deserted campground, and you don’t mind bumping along some dirt roads in the mountains to get to the trailhead, you can have this lush paradise all to yourself—and the waterfalls are gushing right now! 1/14/2018

for updates on the reopening https://www.sccgov.org/sites/parks/parkfinder/pages/uvascanyon.aspx. I'm really going to miss it this year.

Park is closed. Roads washed out.

The park is close!!!

Monday, February 20, 2017

Croy road is closed! Drove all the way there and can't get in. Called when I got home, and found out road could be closed for a year. Ugh.

Wednesday, February 08, 2017

Great hike for beginners, water is now beautifully flowing throughout the park, allows dogs, picnic tables around, & bathrooms next to the parking lot. Only downside is their new policy about visiting; reservations are now required to visit the park due to high volume of visitors. You have to make reservations on their online website. They won't let you in without a reservation.

photos of the park can be seen on my blog: www.momentswithkc.com

Saturday, January 28, 2017

Very beautiful trek. Good for beginners. It's a well maintained one.

It's an amazing hike!!! easy for first timers. you will fall in love with this hike

Sunday, December 18, 2016

Awesome trail! Great views of waterfalls!!

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Nice and shady. Beautiful, easy hike with kids (ages 5 and 12). The signage isn't the best so take a map.

Sunday, November 13, 2016

beautiful hike along the creek... lots of waterfalls. We hiked to the hothouse and back.

Wednesday, November 02, 2016

Great hike on a rainy day when you don't want to trek far but want to see something. The waterfalls and not large but are pretty. Stick to the trail near the river the road isn't all that interesting. We also went up the knobcone trail but didn't find it worth the effort. Not really any vistas up there and a very steep climb. Keep it simple and enjoy all the waterfalls.

Sunday, September 11, 2016

Early September and yet the spring fed creek is enough for most of the waterfalls along this trail to be active. A shady trail, dusty yes, but the sound of running water in the creek made for a very serene hike. Not crowded, easy parking in day lot. Next time we will explore the longer trails...

Discovered Alltrails.com today! A great resource!

Monday, September 05, 2016

Nice hike, well shaded and not many people if you start early. will have to come back when the water levels are higher

good trail for the area...small waterfall and short trail however I didn't hike farther out because the provided maps didn't show that much info

trail running
Saturday, August 20, 2016


great fun

Thursday, June 30, 2016


Thursday, June 30, 2016

Super easy. Family friendly with beautiful scenic waterfalls.

Tuesday, June 28, 2016


Saturday, June 25, 2016

Easy hike. Beautiful Falls!

Monday, June 06, 2016

Great trails. Shaded most of the way and dog friendly. I would recommend this anyone who's looking for a scenic dog friendly hike.

Awesome! Shaded. Water falls. Perfect for family with young kids.

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

This was a great trail. Of you like waterfalls this is the place to go!


Wednesday, May 18, 2016

It was a beautiful hike. We had a ton of fun together! Coworkers.

Sunday, May 15, 2016

One of my favorite hikes in this area. I like to do the Waterloop Trail, then adding Contour and Triple Falls to finish up. Keep an eye out for snakes! Nearly stepped on one the last time I did the Triple Falls trail. Dog friendly and plenty of shade. Parking is a nightmare on the weekend, try to hit this trail during the week. $6 parking fee

Nice hike. Will have to come back in January when waterfalls are more full

Wednesday, April 06, 2016

Lovely canyon trail with waterfalls and wooded vistas.

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