Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park
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Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park

Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park
Explore California redwoods just outside of Santa Cruz

You only have to drive 15 minutes from downtown Santa Cruz to find yourself surrounded by California redwoods at Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park. It’s home to more than 40 acres of old-growth redwood trees, the tallest of which tops out at 277 feet tall and measures 16 feet wide. Here, you can go horseback riding, camp, swim, and hike on 30 miles of trails. (For even more expansive redwood groves, go 20 miles north to Big Basin Redwoods State Park.) 

If you only have an hour, walk the flat .8-mile Redwood Grove Loop Trail to learn about the unique ecosystem and history of the park. If you have a full day, take the Cowell Highlights Loop, which takes you to the visitor’s center and the 805-foot-high Observation Deck, which offers vistas of Monterey Bay.

Wildlife viewing is another reason to visit: Black-tailed deer, coyotes, and bobcats roam the property and birders should keep an eye out for white-crowned sparrows and great blue herons. As you wander the park’s paths, see if you can spot the bright yellow banana slugs.

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