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Garden of Eden

The Garden of Eden is a popular swimming hole in the San Lorenzo River within Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park.

The Garden of Eden is accessible via Ox Fire Road off Highway 9. The parking area is located 0.75 miles south of the Park’s main entrance.
Trailhead: Ox Fire Road; approximately 1.5 miles roundtrip, elevation change 200 feet.


NO DIVING – There are large and sharp rocks that are not deep enough under the water to allow for safe jumping.
No Alcohol
No Dogs
No Fires

Pack it in, pack it out – There are no trash cans, please be prepared to pack out all of your trash.

NO RESTROOMS – The closest restrooms are about 2 miles away in the day-use area.


Please note that there is no lifeguard on duty and water quality varies.