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Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park

Big Trees Park Road, Felton, CA 95018
+1 831-335-4598
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Minutes away from the city, this park has old redwoods.
  • Excellent82%
  • Very good15%
  • Average1%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
Travelers talk about
“santa cruz” (85 reviews)
“the loop” (42 reviews)
“roaring camp” (31 reviews)
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
LOCATION
Big Trees Park Road, Felton, CA 95018
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+1 831-335-4598
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"santa cruz"
in 85 reviews
"the loop"
in 42 reviews
"roaring camp"
in 31 reviews
"banana slugs"
in 25 reviews
"visitor center"
in 45 reviews
"old growth"
in 11 reviews
"majestic trees"
in 9 reviews
"steam train"
in 18 reviews
"huge trees"
in 13 reviews
"trail guide"
in 6 reviews
"train ride"
in 20 reviews
"easy trail"
in 8 reviews
"gift shop"
in 27 reviews
"nature center"
in 15 reviews
"awe inspiring"
in 12 reviews
"great hiking"
in 10 reviews
"hiking trails"
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Stopped at Henry Cowell because we really wanted to see Giant Redwoods and this was conveniently located just north of Santa Cruz. Lovely, peaceful experience and uncrowded. You can access the Redwood forest as soon as you step out of your car (parking is $10...More

1  Thank Susan A
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Beautiful trees and an easy walk. The spacing between the trees and the layout of the pathway makes for better viewing than I recall at Muir Woods.

Thank OrleansMike
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Reviewed 3 days ago

What an amazing preview for us to experience the CA Redwoods. It took us about 1.5 hour drive to get here from Carmel and we had a great time. First time experience and we loved every minute. They have plenty of parking, visitors office, area...More

1  Thank Amy E
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Reviewed 6 days ago

If you are in Santa Cruz, Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park is a must see! The redwoods are easily accessible, although a bit crowded in the summer time! If you visit this park than feel free to skip Muir woods unless you love to hike!...More

1  Thank Jenny D
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Worst employees service they click on you when asking a question !! They need better service and educated employees .

Thank Mary R
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Reviewed 1 week ago

First tip reserve way in advance, I made my reservation at the last moment and was only able to stay one night. The campsites are very flat and spacious if you get the spots in the middle of the camp, they are surrounded by trees,...More

Thank Nilopedro
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If you're near the Bay Area and want to see the redwoods, this is a great option. Many of the other parks near San Francisco can get very crowded on weekends, but this park is just enough off the beaten path. A great stop if...More

1  Thank Trent B
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We really enjoyed this walk. You see old growth trees and have small crowds compared to Muir Woods. We saw a group of deer in the woods and they were so used to people staying on the trail it almost felt like they were watching...More

Thank lodemups
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Travelling with 3 children age 16,14 & 12 I declared that we had to go and see the Redwoods as I had heard how awesome they are. I was met with groans of - Dad, it’s just trees. However up at Henry Cowell the visitor...More

1  Thank ChrisdPt
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This magnificent state park has many trails for exploring the giant redwood trees. Many favorable review have been written so I will only add a few important recommendations. 1) Go early. The park opens at 6 am. During the summer and on weekends the parking...More

3  Thank princpinot
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Sandy D
15 July 2018|
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Response from Cowgirlvjs | Reviewed this property |
I researched the train ride and was glad we just drove ourselves. The train stop is nowhere near the entrance to the nice paved walkway through the trees. Like the answer above, the visitor station is about a mile walk... More
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Nelzgirl
2 June 2018|
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Response from Randy B | Reviewed this property |
The park is open sunrise to sunset. The visitor center hours are 10-4. Not sure if there's a self-pay station.
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Nelzgirl
2 June 2018|
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Response from Brooke G | Reviewed this property |
If you don’t mind walking in from the street I believe a lot of locals walk into the park from the main road. I also saw other entrances along the way to the main entrance that were not monitored. They just had a pay station. More
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