Redwood Grove Loop Trail is a 0.8 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Felton, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.

Distance: 0.8 miles Elevation Gain: 36 feet Route Type: Loop

wheelchair friendly

kid friendly

stroller friendly

camping

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

walking

bird watching

running

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

no dogs

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 redwoods are among the most photographed trees in Big Basin. The easy accessibility of this half-mile, level trail allows park visitors an unobstructed view of the Mother and Father Tree, a wonderful view of the Santa Clara Tree (measuring in at 17 feet in diameter!), as well as many other interesting sites featured along the way. This short loop walk highlights the old growth Henry Cowell Redwood Grove. It's a compact, yet densely featured stand that competes with the best of the old growth groves, conveniently located near populated areas and on touring routes. For families with kids, this is a perfect walk. For tourists in the region, it's a great place to stop, stretch your legs, and get some quality time out of the car. The trail is flat, making it mostly handicap accessible and stroller friendly. In addition to the groves, Henry Cowell Redwood SP offers so much more. The park has over 15 miles of trails through a variety of mountain and canyon forests and meadow lands along the San Lorenzo River. Trails are available for equestrian use, biking, walking, and hiking. Fishing is available seasonally; picnicking and camping opportunities can be accommodated too. Adjacent to Henry Cowell is the Roaring Camp Tourist railroad. Combined, these two attractions make for a very full day or casual weekend outing. They work well together, highlighting both local history and nature.

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6 days ago

Stellar short path. I spent ages here taking photos. Park outside and walk in to save the park fee.

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11 days ago

Beautiful and clean! Lots of paths

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12 days ago

Nice and easy shaded trail. I love picking up the trail guide to learn about each station as you walk along the trail. Great for everyone!

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19 days ago

Super easy, and perfect. $10 to park. my 3 & 6yo loved it. Well maintained. Signs up to designate one-way traffic to encourage social distance.

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23 days ago

Great for dogs. $10 entrance fee (cash,card)

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30 days ago

Go for kids , good for everybody

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1 month ago

Absolutely beautiful trail

4 months ago

Visited last week and it was a really nice stroll. Had a couple seniors and a stroller, and the path was fine. A lot of trees, shade, and not too many people on the trail. Beautiful historic trees that are a must see. You can pack a lunch and there are a couple picnic benches available. Would recommend. Especially for out of town guests who want to experience seeing trees Northern California has.

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5 months ago

A nice, short stroll to see the redwoods up close. So beautiful.

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6 months ago

Short easy trail. Great for families, including elderly and children. Lots of points of interest - pick up the Redwood Grove Loop Trail guide at Visitor Center

Easy trail. Super kids friendly. Recommended for a short walk with the family. A lot of interesting things to see along.

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9 months ago

Short easy trail.

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9 months ago

Beautiful Redwoods, great for kids, self guided tour, easy river trail for swimming.

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10 months ago

Beautiful walk! Staying up the road and found this loop as a last minute decision. So glad we went. 10$ to get in and for parking. Did the .8 loop, easy walking, and not too many people at all. There’s maps and a guide on the way in that tells you some history and what the numbers on the trail mean. On route we saw a bunch of wildlife .. including yellow slugs that were pretty cool. Absolutely breathtaking trees. Check it out!

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10 months ago

Nice break from the heat! Totally shaded and cool. Great for the whole family. Very clean and organized. Take time and enjoy all the information provided by the park, knowing the history makes it exciting. We wanted to do the train ride but way to expensive for a family. Hope they are able to get that down, would have loved to do it.

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bugs
11 months ago

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11 months ago

Redwood grove to cathedral grove

Tue Jun 11 2019

The Redwoods make you feel like you are in a fairy tale.

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Sun Jun 02 2019

Go early and avoid the crowds. Easy trail great for kids, the map shows you points of interest along the way.

Fri May 31 2019

Nice, relaxing hike for all levels; Pick up a guide at beginning of trail for an explanation of landmarks; No dogs permitted.

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Mon May 13 2019

This trail starts next to the ranger station, museum, and parking lot. It’s the perfect trail to bring guests on. It is very easy, short, beautiful, shady, impressive trees, level, smooth, good for wheelchairs, walkers, and strollers. No animals or bikes.

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Mon May 13 2019

A beautiful spot, but quite crowded on a Sunday. Spotted some black tail deer. It’s a great easy loop and very wide flat terrain for those who aren’t up for a longer walk. If you are, combine the pipeline road with this for a more diverse redwood scene.

Mon Apr 15 2019

Short, but nice walk.

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Fri Mar 29 2019

This loop is less than a mile and it’s all about the gigantic redwood trees. It’s a flat well maintained bark dust path. The path is a loop and starts at the visitors center. Be sure to walk over to the Roaring camp and check out the trains. There is a path that connects the park to Roaring Camp. There are educational activities for kids inside the visitors center and a great 3D map of the park. It was this map that lead us to also hike the pipeline road trail to the observation deck. This was a 5 mile out and back. Incredible views from the top. Peekaboo of Monteray Bay. Amazing experience to hike in sand at the top. To think once upon a time that was the bottom of the ocean. Magical place. There is a trail inside this park for all levels of exercise. My wife and I logged 11 miles exploring this beautiful park and still left several trails untouched.

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Thu Mar 14 2019

Beautiful 2000 yr old trees; views of Monterey bay & ocean at lookout point. Amazing.

Tue Jan 08 2019

Beautiful walk through the redwoods. Walked today after stormy Sunday storm.

Wed Jan 02 2019

beautiful walk in the loop among giant old redwood trees.

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Fri Sep 28 2018

Magic... peaceful!!

Fri Sep 28 2018

I grew up in a house along the San Lorenzo river- across Henry Cowel park and in the summer got to enjoy the constant sound of train whistles and bus loads of loud unappreciative school kids- the redwood loop is my favorite- such rich history from a president falling asleep on a log- to a hallowed out tree where if my memory serves me right, a squatter tired of society’s pace took shelter. Can’t bring dogs though, low blow park- low blow- I love my dog, and I love breaking big and bending as many rules , laws and decrees as possible- soooooo.......Great place to take your dog!

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