Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park Campground

Santa Cruz County


Henry Cowell Redwoods


Campground at Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park, CA

Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park Campground

Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park Attractions

Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park offers more than 4,600 acres of towering redwoods, hiking trails, creeks, and visitor amenities. The nearby Fall Creek Unit of the park contains an additional 2,400 acres of redwood forest. Visitors camped at Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park Campground can take advantage of all these attractions

  • Enjoy viewing wildlife, including deer, a variety of birds, and an occasional bobcat or coyote.
  • Hike along the Redwood Grove Loop Trail among 1,500-year-old redwoods up to 280 feet tall.
  • Fish catch-and-release for steelhead in the San Lorenzo River.
  • Ride horses along park trails.
  • Visit the nature center and bookstore.
  • Enjoy campfire programs during the summer months.
  • Hop on the Roaring Camp Railroad just outside the park. Ride it through the woods or down to the Santa Cruz Boardwalk.


Key Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park Campground Regulations

  1. Wood collecting is not allowed, including twigs and leaves.
  2. Generators may only be operated sparingly from 10:00 AM to 8:00 PM.
  3. Bicycles are allowed on designated fire roads and paved roads, but not trails.

Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park Campground

Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park Campground is located off Graham Hill Road, about 5 miles north of Santa Cruz. Note that the campground entrance is different from the day-use areas of the park. Campsites are set among oaks and other foliage which provides good privacy for many sites. So close to the ocean, the campground can have fog in the morning, so visitors should be prepared for cool weather.

Reservations are highly recommended at this popular park. The campground has amenities such as coin-operated showers, but no RV hook-ups. There are 4 tent-only sites. A Bike Campground is located just inside the entrance to the main campground.

Visitors should be aware that poison oak grows in the park.

Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park Campground Basics
Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park Campground Location: 5 miles north of Santa Cruz, take Mt. Herman exit off Hwy. 17, then left on Graham Hill Rd.
Elevation: 650 feet
Camping season: Closes seasonally, call park for dates
Number of Sites: 107
Max. People per Site: 8 (including children)
Vehicles per Site: 2 if they fit (trailer is a vehicle)
Pets: On leash, always attended
Campground Kiosk: (831) 438-2396
Park Headquarters: (831) 335-4598

Reservations at
Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park Campground
Reservations Recommended: Memorial Day through Labor Day
Booking Window: from 2 days up to 6 months in advance of your arrival date.
Tent Only Sites: #36, 37, 38, 51
Maximum Vehicle Length: Trailers 31 feet, RVs 35 feet
Wheelchair Accessible Sites: #17, 23, 24, 109, 112
Favorite Campsites: #2, 9, 10, 12, 13, 14, 23, 24, 33, 35, 42, 45, 47, 49, 52, 63, 64, 65, 78 (view), 81, 84, 88, 103, 104, 106, 110
Fees: $35 plus an $8 reservation fee
Online Reservations at ReserveCalifornia: Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park Campground Reservations
or call (800) 444-PARK (7275) between 8 AM and 6 PM
Check-in, check-out: 2:00 PM, Noon

Henry Cowell Campground Amenities
Campsites: Picnic table, food locker, fire ring
Campground: restrooms with flush toilets, tap water
Showers: Yes, 25 cents for 2 minutes
Dump Station: No
Campground Map: Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park Campground Map
Attractions near Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park Campground: Wander along shaded hiking trails. Enjoy summer campfire programs. Tour the visitor center and the nature museum. Head down to nearby Santa Cruz Beach. Ride the Roaring Camp Railroads.

Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park, CA

Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park


ReserveCalifornia Reservations Tips

California State Parks' new reservation system - ReserveCalifornia - now allows campers "to make reservations 6 months to the day in advance of their arrival date." For example, on January 1 reservations can be made for stays beginning on July 1. In the past, reservations were released in one-month blocks. Now it is day by day. For months with fewer days than the month 6 months away, reservations for the remaining days will be released in a small cluster on the first of the next month. For example, on March 1 (because February is a short month) you can make reservations for stays beginning August 29-31. Read details at ReserveCalifornia.

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