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Open Year-round
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Reservations possible?
Yes
RV Hookups
No
Potable water
Yes
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If you are itching for some outdoor adventure, a short drive from Santa Cruz or South Bay will take you into the old-growth redwood territory of the San Lorenzo Valley. Camping at this historic location has plenty of perks to help entice the undecided traveler. Sites are spacious, mostly level, and private. While there are no hookups in the campground, these sites can accommodate trailers 31 feet in length as well as campers or RVs up to 35 feet.

Thirty miles of dog-friendly hiking trails (a few are off limits to dogs), fishing, swimming, picnicking, bird and big game watching are all activities you can do within the park. Take a train ride to the Santa Cruz Boardwalk from Roaring Camp, a historic rail line used to take tourist to see the giant redwoods. 

With so much to do at Henry Cowell, your time relaxing at this campsite will be well spent. All campsites have a fire pit, picnic table and food storage. Restrooms have flush toilets and showers and potable water is located throughout. Most campsites are well shaded. Weather on the Santa Cruz Mountains can be unpredictable yet beautiful, so it's always a good idea to bring extra layers.

Logistics + Planning

Preferable season(s)

Spring
Summer
Fall

Parking Pass

State Park Fee

Pros

Spacious. Level ground. Hiking trails.

Cons

None.

Pets allowed

Allowed

Managed by

California State Parks

Reservation phone number

1 (831) 438-2396

Features

ADA accessible
Flushing toilets
Showers
Potable water
Picnic tables

Location

Field Guide

Nearby Adventures

Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park
Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park, Santa Cruz
Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park, Santa Cruz

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