Guide To Henry Cowell State Park


Henry Cowell State Park is located in the town of Felton, California, on Santa Cruz Mountain. It’s a popular destination for both camping and recreation. With more than 6,000 acres, you can explore miles of trails or relax at campgrounds with picnic areas.

The park entrance is located along Graham Hill Road, about 13 miles south of Highway 1. Here are four things you should know before you visit Henry Cowell State Park.

Camping At Henry Cowell State Park

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Henry Cowell State Park offers 12 family campsites with water and flush restrooms nearby. Two sites can accommodate RVs up to 20 feet in length. The park has picnic tables, barbecue grills, and nearby drinking water.

The campsites are open year-round on a first-come, first-served basis. Each site can accommodate up to eight people and two vehicles per site – additional vehicles will need an approved park permit. Check with the Henry Cowell State Park staff or rangers about parking availability before heading to the park.

If you need accommodations for a larger group, consider reserving one of five walk-in group campsites. The sites accommodate 20 people and have water nearby. In addition to picnic tables and barbecue grills, each site has restrooms with showers nearby. Sites are available during the summer months by reservation only. You can reserve a group campsite by calling Reserve California at 1-800-444-7275 or visiting ReserveCalifornia.com .

Hiking Trails In Henry Cowell State Park

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There are a number of trails that explore the park’s redwood groves and grasslands. These trails include:

· Big Ben Trail – 2.3 miles

· Coast View Trail – .8 miles

· Cowells Loop Trail – 2.5 miles

· Glen Arbor Equestrian Trail – 3.1 miles

· Graham Hill Trail – 1.6 miles (one-way)

· Nature Trail – .8 miles

· Waterfall Trail – 1.5 miles (one-way)

The Big Ben trail is an easy hike that starts from the Graham Hill parking area and follows a ridge with amazing views of the Santa Cruz Mountains. The trail returns to Graham Hill via Glen Arbor Equestrian Trail, which winds through oak woodlands and coastal scrub.

The Cowells Loop Trail connects with the Glen Arbor Equestrian Trail and Big Ben trail at the southwest corner of Henry Cowell State Park. The trail offers views of Santa Cruz Mountains and Henry Cowell Redwoods near Santa Cruz, California.

The Graham Hill Trail follows a ridgeline through redwood forested slopes to connect to the Graham Hill parking area. The trail can be reached from Big Ben Trail or Cowell Loop Trail.

Camping at Henry Cowell State Park is a great way to experience California’s redwood forests. Set up your tent in one of 12 family campsites with water and restrooms nearby, or reserve one of five walk-in group campsites for larger groups.

Final Verdict

Camping at Henry Cowell State Park offers 12 family campsites with water and flush restrooms nearby. Two sites can accommodate RVs up to 20 feet in length. The park has picnic tables, barbecue grills, and nearby drinking water.

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