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Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park © stateparks.com
Preserved by Samuel H. Cowell and the Santa Cruz County Board of Supervisors in cooperation with the California State Park Commission. Dedicated August 15, 1954.
Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park © stateparks.com
Photograph of the base of a coast redwood tree known as The Giant located at Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park, in Santa Cruz County, California photo taken June 2022
Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park © stateparks.com
Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park, Redwood Grove. Tale of the Rings sign explaining the slice of a 2200-year-old Redwood tree.
Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park © stateparks.com
Bridge over San Lorenzo River
Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park © stateparks.com
Very old tree with rings. As old as the birth of Jesus Christ.
Valley Quail © stateparks.com
Valley Quail
Campfire and Hotdogs © stateparks.com
Roasting hot dogs over an open fire.
Keep On Leash © stateparks.com
Spring Hike © stateparks.com
Small Boy Fishing © stateparks.com
Gone fishin.
HENRY COWELL REDWOODS STATE PARK
HENRY COWELL REDWOODS STATE PARK
2591 Graham Hill Road
Scotts Valley, California   95060

Phone: 831-438-2396
Reservations: 831-335-4598
Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park, located's Santa Cruz Mountains, is a natural sanctuary boasting 1,750 acres of old-growth redwood trees. The park features stunning landscapes with diverse ecosystems including lush forests and riparian areas along the San Lorenzo River. Visitors can explore over 20 miles of hiking trails or visit the nature center to learn about local wildlife and ecology. It also offers picnic spots, camping facilities as well as seasonal fishing opportunities for outdoor enthusiasts.
Nature of the Area
Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park, located in California's Santa Cruz Mountains, is a natural sanctuary characterized by its towering old-growth redwood forest. The park spans over 4,650 acres of diverse ecosystems including riparian zones along the San Lorenzo River and sandy beaches that offer stunning views of Monterey Bay. It also features grasslands dotted with oaks and pines as well as chaparral-covered ridges offering panoramic vistas. Wildlife such as deer, bobcats and various bird species are commonly spotted within this serene environment which offers visitors an array of outdoor activities like hiking through trails winding amidst majestic trees or exploring limestone caves formed from marine deposits millions years ago.
History of the Area
Located in Santa Cruz County, the park was established in 1954. It's named after Henry Cowell, a local businessman and philanthropist.

Cowell owned Big Trees Ranch where he operated a successful lime kiln business during the late 19th century.

After his death in 1903, his family sold some of their land to S.H. Cowell Foundation who donated it for public use.

The state purchased additional adjacent lands over time expanding its size to approximately 1,750 acres today.

It is renowned for its old-growth redwood grove which includes trees that are more than two millennia old.

In addition to preserving these ancient giants, this area also protects grasslands and riparian habitats along with diverse wildlife species.

Today it offers recreational activities like hiking trails through towering Redwoods as well as educational programs about nature conservation efforts at visitor centers.
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Private Area Campgrounds
Santa Cruz / Monterey Bay KOA Holiday
1186 San Andreas Road
Watsonville, CA
800-562-7701
Santa Cruz Ranch Campground
917 Disc Drive
Scotts Valley, CA
831-438-1288
Santa Cruz/Monterey Bay KOA
1186 San Andreas Road
La Selva Beach, CA
Beach RV Park
2505 Portola Drive
Santa Cruz, CA
831-462-2505
Santa Vida RV Park & Campground
1611 Branciforte Drive
Santa Cruz, CA
831-425-1945
Seacliff Center Trailer Park
234 State Park Drive
Aptos, CA
831-688-3813
Cotillion Gardens RV Park
300 Old Big Trees Road
Felton, CA
831-335-7669
River Grove Resort
4980 Highway 9
Felton, CA
831-335-4511
Smithwoods RV Park
4770 Highway 9
Felton, CA
831-335-4321
Reservations
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Pets
- Pets must be kept on a leash no longer than six feet at all times.
- Dogs are not allowed in the park's backcountry or trails.
- Only service animals can accompany visitors into buildings and non-dog-friendly areas.
- Pet owners should always clean up after their pets, disposing of waste properly.
- Unattended pets are strictly prohibited within the state park boundaries.
- Excessive noise from dogs is discouraged to maintain peace for other guests and wildlife.
Directions
Directions from San Francisco:.

- Get on US-101 S.
- Merge onto I-280 S towards San Jose.
- Continue for about 50 miles.

Next steps:

- Take exit 5C to merge onto CA17-S toward Santa Cruz.
- Drive approximately 22 miles southbound on Highway CA17.

Reaching the park:

- Exit at Mt Hermon Rd in Scotts Valley and drive three miles westward until you reach Graham Hill Road junction.
- Turn right into Graham Hill road, then left after a quarter mile into Felton Empire Road which leads directly to Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park entrance.
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