Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park
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This park features 15 miles of hiking and riding trails through a forest that looks nearly the same as it did 200 years ago. Zayante Indians once lived in the area, where they found shelter, water and game. The park is the home of the Redwood Grove, and features a self-guided nature path, Douglas fir, madrone, oak and a stand of Ponderosa pine. There is a picnic area next to the San Lorenzo River. The park has a nature center and bookstore. Adjoining the park is Roaring Camp Railroad, offering visitors a chance to journey back in time on an old steam locomotive. The main park area, containing the large, old-growth redwoods, is about 1,750 acres, and the northern area (Fall Creek) is 2,390 acres, with about 20 miles of hiking trails. The tallest tree in the park is about 285 feet tall and about 16 feet wide. The oldest trees in the park are about 1400 to 1800 years old.
From Santa Cruz go north on Hwy 17 to Mt. Hermon/Big Basin exit. Follow Mt. Hermon road to Graham Hill road, and turn right. At Hwy 9 intersection turn left. Park is approximately .5 mile on your left.
Open daily, 10-4. *Due to staff furloughs in effect, please call to confirm visitor center operating hours (831) 335-7077.
Hours are from 10am – 5pm
Layered clothing is recommended due to changing weather conditions.
- Showers – at campground
- Visitor center
- Food, lodging and supplies nearby
- Guided tours
- Family programs
- Exhibits and historic sites
- Camping $35 per night
- Campground closed in winter (Nov. 1 to the end of February)
- Firewood available for purchase
- Reservations: 800-444-7275
Juveniles (under 18 years of age) not camping with a parent or legal guardian must have WRITTEN permission to camp in the park. Permission letters must include the name of the park, the name of the juvenile, the dates they may stay and the name, address, phone number and signature of the person’s parent or legal guardian. The parent must be reachable at all times during the juvenile’s visit. Children 14 years of age and under may not camp without a parent present during the stay.
There are ADA-compliant trails at the park and wheelchairs available to borrow — learn more in the Hilltromper Wheelchair-Friendly Trails Guide.
For more info, visit Mountain Parks Foundation.