Henry Cowell Redwoods RV & Campground Guide


Located in the rugged Santa Cruz Mountains just a quarter-mile south of Felton, CA, Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park offers a fascinating geological view into the watershed of the San Lorenzo River. The park is composed of a famous 40-acre grove of towering old-growth redwood trees, grasslands, sandhills, and river areas. Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park features four distinctive ecosystems that support a variety of wildlife, such as white-tailed kites, white-crowned sparrows, blue herons, coyotes, bobcats, and black-tail deer. Since Santa Cruz is just 3 miles to the south, the park offers a unique glimpse of nature that's not far from civilization.

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Spring 40-79 F
Summer 46-86 F
Fall 36-85 F
Winter 34-65 F
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Nearby Cities
Santa Cruz, CA
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RV Resorts & Campsites in Henry Cowell Redwoods

With a recreational vehicle, you can enjoy the Santa Cruz Mountains and Henry Cowell Redwoods in style and comfort. The surrounding area is very friendly to the RV lifestyle. If you consider an RV is the ideal place to stay but don't own one, consider renting from RVshare.

Henry Cowell Redwoods Graham Hill Campground

The state park's campground, which is nestled in a mixed evergreen forest near the Santa Cruz Sandhills habitat, offers 107 campsites that can hold 35-foot long RVs. All campers are provided with a food locker, picnic table, fire pit, and grill. Unfortunately, there is no water fill or dump station. Sites fill up quickly at the Graham Hill Campground, so you'll want to reserve online months ahead of time. 

• Water hookup: No

• Electrical hookup: No

• Sewer hookup: No

• Wi-Fi: No

• Pet-friendly: Yes

• Other amenities: Quarter-operated showers with hot water, flush toilets, picnic tables, food lockers

Santa Cruz Ranch RV Resort

Santa Cruz Ranch RV Resort is only 5.1 miles from Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park. The resort is nestled around the beautiful redwoods, which gives plenty of shade on a hot summer day. Nearby Santa Cruz is known for its water sports, so you will have plenty to do in and outside of this RV resort. The RV ranch is near the Santa Cruz Beach where you can take pleasure in the boardwalk, water activities, or go on the Roaring Camp Railroad.

• Water hookup: Yes

• Electrical hookup: Yes - 30 amp

• Sewer hookup: Yes

• Wi-Fi: Yes

• Pet-friendly: Yes

• Other amenities: Swimming pool, laundry facilities, whirlpool/spa/hot tub, picnic table

Smithwoods RV Park

Smithwoods RV Park is 1.3 miles from Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park. If you time your stay right, you will have a chance to take part in the town's famous monthly festivals. Some festivals in this area include the Monterey Wine Festival in April, Music Saw Festival in August, and Fishing Derby / Rowboat Race in September. At the campground, you can take in the scenery, swim in the pool, or join in on one of their many on-site activities.

• Water hookup: Yes

• Electrical hookup: Yes

• Sewer hookup: Yes

• Wi-Fi: No

• Pet-friendly: Yes

• Other amenities: Cable TV, picnic tables, and fire pit

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What to Do at
Henry Cowell Redwoods

Inside Henry Cowell Redwoods

Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park is more than a campground; its historical significance and stunning scenery draw travelers from all around the globe. You can first stop by the visitor center where you can learn more about the state park preserves, redwood trees, trails, and wildlife. Then, take a walk beyond the redwood grove and observe the four diverse habitats. This state park also features several hiking trails, roads with bike paths, and multiple picnic areas. There is even a swimming hole called the Garden of Eden located in the Cowell Redwoods.

Outside Henry Cowell Redwoods

One of the best things about Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park is how much entertainment you'll find outside the park. Henry Cowell Redwoods is conveniently located near the historical sites of Felton and Scotts Valley. Plus, there are plenty of shopping and dining options in the region.


The Cremer House

The Cremer House is considered the oldest building in Felton. They serve homemade traditional American recipes for lunch and dinner, with a choice of 24 different craft beers, ciders, and ten locally made wines on tap. You'll also want to try their non-alcoholic homemade sodas.

Type: American

Location: 6256 CA-9, Felton, CA 95018

Taqueria Vallarta

Taqueria Vallarta is slightly over a mile away from Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park. Here, you can taste authentic Mexican cuisine at breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Some choices on the menu are grilled shrimp tacos, tostadas, and enchiladas. They serve local and imported beer, sodas, and a variety of flavored waters. There are vegetarian dishes and a kid menu for your convenience; plus, the nachos are prepared right at the restaurant.

Type: Mexican

Location: 608 Soquel Ave, Santa Cruz, CA 95062


Kings Village Shopping Center

Kings Village Shopping Center is 4.2 miles from Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park. At this shopping center, you can get your hair done at the Ideal Hair Salon, savor the delicious tastes coming from Chocolate Vision or get a new game for your console at Epic Adventures Games. CineLux Theatres is on the premises with 10 screens available for viewing the latest releases. 

Location: 230 Mt Hermon Rd, Scotts Valley, CA 95066


Roaring Camp Railroads

Roaring Camp Railroads is just 2.2 miles from Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park. Here, you will have a chance to join in on a variety of train rides, which go to places like the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk and into the forest. During certain days in July and August, Kids get to enjoy rides on Thomas the Tank Engine through the big redwood trees. 

Location: 5401 Graham Hill Rd, Felton, CA 95018

Bigfoot Discovery Museum

Located on Highway 9 in San Lorenzo Valley, Bigfoot Discovery Museum is less than a mile from Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park. The exhibits are of local history tied in with Bigfoot sightings. Some things you might see at this museum are supposed plaster evidence of footprints and Bigfoot documentaries. There is also an outside café where you can view nocturnal dioramas featuring Bigfoot while you eat. 

Location: 5497 Hwy 9, Felton, CA 95018

Seymour Marine Discovery Center

Seymour Marine Discovery Center is well worth the 10.1-mile drive from Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park. Here, you can see how marine scientists work with and come close to sharks. They offer family activities, ongoing education, youth/teen programs, and entertainment. 

Location: 100 McAllister Way, Santa Cruz, CA 95060

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How to Get to
Henry Cowell Redwoods

If you're coming from the east, you can reach Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park by following Mount Herman Road until you reach Graham Hill Road. Make a left and continue about 2.5 miles; you will see the entrance to your right. If you are not going to the campground, you can use one of the other two vehicle entrances. If you're coming from south of downtown Felton, take Highway 9 in the Santa Cruz Mountains. If you're coming from Highway 17, take the Mount Hermon Road exit and follow signs to Highway 9 through downtown Felton; the entrance will be on the left.

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Entering Henry Cowell Redwoods

The Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park hours of operation are 8 a.m. to sunset.

Henry Cowell Redwoods Per vehicle : $10.0

1-4 adults

We're delighted for you to have the opportunity to visit one of the most incredible state parks in California. Whether you're camping or just going on a hike, you're certain to have an exciting time at Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park. Don't forget to tag RVshare while you're posting memorable photos on your social media accounts or send us a picture with some details at [email protected] We may post your highly regarded story on our blog or social media channels.