Hours: 8 a.m. to sunset

hiking
5 days ago

Is only 4 miles hike, but steep. Very nice. Will be back springtime when the falls are fuller.

Great workout!!
2.0 miles up hill, Bring lots of water.
Great views

The waterfall trail is absolutely gorgeous.

hiking
1 month ago

Multiple waterfalls, lots of shade, dog-friendly, easy loop, not crowded: what's not to like? No permit was required for hiking as this was after 6/30.

a gorgeous hike that is easy enough for little kids.

Went at 11am on a Friday. No issue with Parking and no reservation. Easy 4 mile loop.

Drove up sunday, and A RESERVATION IS REQUIRED FOR HIKING, the reservation has to be made at least the night before. NO SAME DAY RESERVATIONS. Long drive, to have to turn around and drive out. Very disapointing.

haven't done this hike, but a RESERVATION is required to HIKE on the weekend. way too many other options in the Bay Area.

the good news is that the road is open again

Went with my 5 year old. This was his third hike, first with any significant elevation gain. He was not happy about hiking uphill, but I somehow got him to the trailhead for Black Rock falls and he gladly hiked up to see the waterfall. He was happy from that point forward. I recommend going the south fork of the waterfall loop first, since it gets the kids in the thick of the creek and offers more interesting terrain from the start. Another recommendation: bring extra socks and water shoes! My son got this shoes soaked.
Last warning from me: be prepared for lots of poison oak! It's all over the place and creeps on the trail at times. Pants are recommended for this reason.

hiking
3 months ago

Great hike for kids-- it's reopened and very easy to call and pay for $6 permit-- we had to print it out. We went up and made it a harder loop and came down the waterfall trail, well worth the extra work.

hiking
4 months ago

Their policy has changed - you must have a reservation on the weekends even to hike! It's a one lane road in and out and they turned cars away at the park making for really bad traffic jams. And the ranger told us you can't park outside Sveadal and walk through there, either. So a long drive for nothing.

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

walking
11 months ago

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

Monday, August 07, 2017

Park is closed. Roads washed out.

Sunday, May 28, 2017

The park is close!!!

hiking
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.

hiking
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.

Monday, January 16, 2017

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

hiking
Sunday, December 18, 2016

Awesome trail! Great views of waterfalls!!

hiking
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.

hiking
Sunday, November 13, 2016

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

hiking
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!

hiking
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

Monday, August 22, 2016

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

Beautiful

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

great fun

hiking
Thursday, June 30, 2016

Good

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