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“Truly awesome”

Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Minutes away from the city, this park has old redwoods.
Warrington, United Kingdom
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“Truly awesome”
Reviewed 21 May 2012

The Redwood Grove walk was truly amazing, well worth the visit. Truly awesome trees, even managed to see one of the famous banana slugs!!! Had a sunny picnic at the Railway Station, but did not fancy the train ride.

Visited June 2011
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Santa Clarita, California
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“Absolutely beautiful”
Reviewed 8 May 2012

Was very pleased that we paid the fee to get into this park. There is so much to do there that we decided to stay & have a small picnic before leaving.

Visited May 2012
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“I saw a whole classroom of 20 kids emerge from a tree!!”
Reviewed 5 May 2012

Don't bother with the Miur Woods, you get far too many tourists.
Instead take the twisty road from Santa Cruz and head to the most spectacular redwood trees I have ever visited. I believe they are some of the oldest California redwoods - the slice showing the history that has taken place puts them in perspective, over 1000 years old.

The totally flat self guided Redwood Grove trail is totally accessible and you can park right next to the entrance, so no problems for access issues. The grove is full of magnificent photographic opportunities especially standing next to the fire damaged trunks, and the silence enhances these majestic beauties. I can't think of enugh suitable superlatives to describe.

The highlight for my trip was watching a class of 20 kids emerge from the John C. Fremont tree like something from a fairytale.

Also look out for banana slugs, giant bright yellow things that emerge following rain.

Do make a point of going to the visitor centre, the docents are an encyclopedia of knowledge and greatly enhanced the trip. Yet to hike the other trails but will be back.

Also if you visit in the week you are practically the only people there. It feels luxurious having the place to 'myself' for the visit.

Visited April 2012
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Felton, California
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“Worth a Special Tirp”
Reviewed 19 April 2012

Okay, I'm prejudiced, I love the California Redwoods and Henry Cowell has to be one of my favorite places to visit. Aside from the loop trail that introduces everyone to the Old Growth Redwoods, there are three other sides to the part ... the Sand Hills, the Riparian (River) and the Grasslands. You see the grasslands or meadow when you drive towards the Visitors Center and, if you're lucky, you may spot deer, a coyote, or some of the many birds in the park (owls included). The Riparian area runs along the San Lorenzo River and there you may spot Steelhead, ducks and other inhabitants of this wetland area ... not to mention the river is a great spot to sit and relax. Then there's the Sand Hills ... where else can you find remnants of the ocean so far from the sea? The Visitor's Center will delight the kids (and adults too) and the trails are well marked and will really give you a sense of what nature is all about. Right next door is Roaring Camp Railroad so you can park at Henry Cowell and walk to the train for a great ride up Bear Mountain or to the beach.

Visited April 2012
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San Jose, California
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“Magnificent Redwood Trees (without the crowds of Muir Woods)”
Reviewed 14 April 2012

Magnificent Redwood Trees (without the crowds of Muir Woods)

Nestled in the mountains near Santa Cruz, CA are some of the most spectacular old growth redwood trees along California’s central coast. Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park is home to a centuries old Redwood Grove that features a self-guided nature path. It also boasts other old-growth woods such as Douglas fir, mandrone, oak and a stunning stand of Ponderosa pines.

I have been taking visitors from around the world to this park for 25 years and their reactions are consistent … overwhelmed and stunned at the beauty an size of the redwood trees found on the one mile Redwood Grove Trail. On the trail is the largest tree in the park at 285 feet tall and 16 feet wide. The oldest trees in the park are somewhere between 1400 to 1800 years old.

Oh, and don’t forget to bring a flash light. At the midpoint of the Redwood Grove Trail, you can actually go INSIDE a redwood tree… the first time any of my visitors have been inside a living tree.

Visited March 2012
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