Contact Number

  • (831) 335-4598

Park Accessibility Information

Park Hours

  • Park Hours: Sunrise to Sunset
    Visitor Center: Everyday 10am-4pm
    Mountain Parks Foundation Nature Store: 11am-5pm

Park Activities

Dogs allowed in some campsites, picnic areas, and select trails.
Picnic Areas
Env. Learning/Visitor Center
Exhibits and Programs
Guided Tours
Interpretive Exhibits
Vista Point
Nature & Wildlife Viewing
Family Programs
Bike Trails
Hiking Trails
Horseback Riding

Park Facilities

Trailer: 31 Feet
Camper/Motorhome: 35 Feet
Family Campsites
RV Access
Drinking Water Available

Park Directions

Get directions through Google Maps

There are 3 separate vehicle entrances. From Hwy 17 take the Mt. Hermon Rd. exit. Follow Mt. Hermon Rd. until it ends at Graham Hill Rd.
Day-use: Turn right onto Graham Hill Road, then turn left onto Hwy 9, and the entrance is about 2 miles down on the left.
Campground: Turn left onto Graham Hill, the entrance is about 2.5 miles down on the right.
Fall Creek Unit: Turn right onto Graham Hill, continue about 0.5 miles and the parking area will be on the right.
Garden of Eden: Park at the Ox Fire Road Trailhead, 0.75 miles south of the main entrance on Hwy 9.
Fees: There is a $10 parking fee for the day-use area and the campground. Regular sized autos (seniors $9, age 62 or older), $50 bus parking (10-24 passengers), and $100 for bus parking (25+ passengers) $100.

Trail Closures

Rincon Fire Road from Pipeline Road to River Trail Connector is closed due to severe damage from 2023 winter storms. 

Visiting Henry Cowell Redwoods

Large Redwood Tree on trailHenry Cowell Redwoods State Park is located in the Santa Cruz Mountains and is most famous for the 40-acre grove of towering old-growth redwood trees. Its historical significance and spectacular scenery draw travelers from around the world. Visitors can enjoy hiking, horseback riding, picnicking, swimming, and camping on more than 4,650 acres of forested and open land. These skyscraping redwoods were admired by explorer John C. Frémont, President Theodore Roosevelt, and inspired some of California’s earliest redwood preservation efforts. Take a walk beyond the redwood grove and you’ll find four diverse habitats that this park preserves: grasslands, river/riparian, sandhills, and redwoods. The tallest tree in the park is approximately 277 feet tall, about 16 feet wide, and around 1,500 years old. Keen-eyed visitors may spot banana slugs, black-tailed deer, coyotes, bobcats, or steelhead trout.

A few miles north is the Fall Creek Unit– a second-growth redwood forest with a fern-lined river canyon and remnants of a successful lime-processing industry. Fall Creek is open for day use only, and includes almost twenty miles of connecting trails. Sandhill TrailParking and trailheads are marked on Felton Empire Road off Highway 9.

The park’s campground is situated in a mixed evergreen forest and is near the Santa Cruz Sandhills habitat – a rare ancient marine deposits home to endangered animals and plants. Although the campground is linked to the day-use area by trails, vehicles must enter the campground east of Felton, via Graham Hill Road.  

Basic Park Information

FEES - There is a vehicle day-use fee for the day-use area and the campground: Regular sized autos ($10), seniors age 62 or older ($9), bus parking 10-24 passengers ($50), and bus parking for 25+ passengers ($100).

FALL CREEK UNIT is open for day use only, and includes almost twenty miles of connecting trails. Parking and trailheads are marked on Felton Empire Road off Highway 9. Camping, bicycles, smoking, and fires are prohibited in the Fall Creek unit.

DOGS are allowed in the picnic areas and campsites and on the Meadow Trail, Pipeline Road, Graham Hill Trail, and Powder Mill Fire Road. Dogs are not allowed in the Fall Creek Unit. Dogs are not permitted on the old-growth Redwood Grove Loop Trail.  Dogs may not be left unattended and must be on a leash no longer than six feet. For a list of locations you can take your dog in Santa Cruz County, please click here.

BICYCLES are allowed on Pipeline Road, Rincon Fire Road, Ridge Fire Road, and Powder Mill Fire Road. Bicyclists under 18 must wear a helmet. A bicycle campsite available for cyclists who are touring the area and pedal into the park. Register at the campground kiosk on Graham Hill Road. Bicycles are not allowed in Fall Creek Unit. For recommended routes, please click here.

HORSES are not allowed on the following trails: Redwood Grove Trail, River Trail, Ox Trail, and Pipeline Road south of Rincon Fire Road.

DRONES are not allowed in the park. To protect wildlife and cultural resources, and for the safety and welfare of visitors and staff, Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park is closed to the use of Model Aircraft, Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS), and Gliders in flight.

POISON OAK flourishes and is native in the Santa Cruz Mountains. Its leaves grow in groups of three, with gently lobed edges. The plant may appear as a bush, vine, or ground cover with green or reddish leaves. Many people are allergic to its oil.

PROFESSIONAL/COMMERCIAL PHOTOGRAPHY AND FILMING requires a permit through the California Film Commision. For more information, please click here.  

WEDDINGS, PARTIES, AND SPECIAL EVENT PERMITS please call (831) 335-6324 or email

View our guided hikes and other public programs schedule and make a reservation by visiting our Parks Events page!

Looking for your next adventure?

California State Parks Backpacking Adventures offers naturalist-led backpacking trips through the Santa Cruz Mountains each summer, including our NEW "Cars-BA" Family Camp at Big Basin! Online registration is open now!

New Parking Fee Payment Option

QR Code to download Yodel appYou can now pay parking fees on your smartphone by using the free Yodel app at Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park! Yodel is secure and simple. All you need is a smartphone and a credit card. A multi-factor authentication protects users while the app’s evolving QR code prevents repeat pass usage.

With this new pay-by-phone option, you can pay for parking fees prior to arriving at the park or continue paying at the kiosk upon arrival with cash or credit card.

Download Yodel on the Apple App Store or the Google Play Store or by scanning the QR code.

Please note: Yodel is available to pay for parking entrance fees for day-use only. Visitors are advised that pay-by-phone is not a reservation and entry is subject to availability at each park unit. If parking lots are full, visitors should wait to park before taking advantage of the pay-by-phone option. All sales are final and there are no cancellations or refunds.

Crumb Clean Campaign

This park is Crumb Clean! Watch this short video to learn about the marbled murrelet, an endangered bird that nests in the park, and how you can protect it. Vea el video en español aquí.

Things To Do

EXPERIENCE THE REDWOODS – Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park preserves a 40-acre old-growth redwood grove. This unique ecosystem of ancient coast redwood trees has captured the interest and dedication of many people throughout time. On this 0.8-mile (1.2km) flat loop trail, you will discover the survival adaptation of the coast redwood and the inspiration this grove holds that led to its protection. The largest tree is approximately 277 feet tall and about 1,500 years old. Take a flashlight and step inside the famous Fremont Tree. There’s room for the whole family! Stop by the Visitor Center for a self-guided brochure, download an audio tour, or view the park events webpage for dates and times of guided tours.

HIKING - For a list of recomended hikes, please click here.

BICYCLING - For a list of recomended bicycle routes, please click here.

PARK EVENTS–We offer a variety of free interpretive programs throughout the year. To see a list of upcoming events and activities, please click here.

CAMPING–The park’s 107-site lies in a shady pine and oak forest, and a separate entrance from the day-use area, which is located off Graham Hill Road in Scotts Valley. Reservations are highly recommended between Memorial Day and Labor Day. For more information, please click here. To make reservations, please visit

ROARING CAMP RAILROAD–Roaring Camp Railroad, a tourist railroad business next to Henry Cowell, is a heritage railway with authentic 1880’s steam locomotives operating on our Redwood Forest Steam Train excursion and 1920's era Beach Trains to Santa Cruz. Visit or call 831-335-4484 for more information.

CAN WE DRIVE THROUGH A GIANT TREE? There are no trees in the Santa Cruz Mountains that you can drive a vehicle through.
There are three trees in northern California that you can drive through. All are located along US Route 101, far north of Santa Cruz County:

  1. Chandelier Tree—Leggett, Mendocino County
  2. Shrine Drive-Thru Tree—Myer’s Flat, Humboldt County
  3. Klamath Tree (or Tour-Thru Tree)—Klamath, Del Norte County


Children on a field trip


Schedule your class for a field trip to Henry Cowell Redwoods for a guided walk through the old-growth redwood forest. For more information, please click here.



Kids2Parks logoKids2Parks is an innovative park-equity program to bring students from Title 1 schools to State Park field trips. The program, a partnership between California State Parks and Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks, increases the number of students who have visited a state park or beach by reducing barriers to access. The program offers transportation funding for field trips to select Title 1 schools in Santa Cruz, San Mateo, and Santa Clara counties. For more information, and to apply please visit


Francine in Visitor Center
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