The Redwood Grove Loop at Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park is a quick, 0.8-mile, ADA-accessible interpretative trail that takes you through some amazing old-growth trees. The trailhead starts near the visitor and nature center in the main parking lot after passing the ranger station via Highway 9.
Coastal redwoods tower above the trail, making this a nice, shady walk. Some great examples of old-growth burls can be seen near the Fremont Tree, a redwood named after a lieutenant who camped within the tree as he was surveying a route to the Pacific. Restrooms, picnic tables and a connector trail leading to River Trail can also be found at this point. This short, easy loop is ideal for families who are staying in Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park Campground or who are simply enjoying the park for a day.
70 miles south of San Francisco, 35 miles north of Monterey, and unabashedly left of center, you'll find great surf, sandy beaches, redwood-covered mountains, laid-back towns, organic farms, and a burgeoning beer and wine scene. It's impossible to pick one place to visit in Santa Cruz County. Take a quick cruz of them all!