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Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park protects more than 4,650 acres of pristine wilderness in the Santa Cruz Mountains. The park is home to one of the most beautiful groves of old-growth coast redwood in California, with the tallest tree standing 277 feet high. It's known as "The Giant" and is estimated to be more than 1,500 years old. Beyond ancient coastal redwoods, the park cradles a unique ecosystem of grasslands, riparian wetlands, and sandhills. There are more than 30 miles of well-marked hiking trails to explore, as well as picturesque picnic spots and swimming areas along the San Lorenzo River.

Planning to visit California's Central Coast? Book an RV in Santa Cruz County and you'll enjoy the freedom to explore the region at your leisure. Spend a few nights soaking up the surf scene in Santa Cruz and camping at Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park, then head to nearby state parks like Big Basin Redwoods and Pfeiffer Big Sur. San Francisco is an hour and a half north and is a great place to rent an RV near Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park and kickstart a Pacific Coast road trip. You're also within striking distance of must-see California national parks such as Yosemite, Sequoia, and Joshua Tree.

Getting Outdoors

Scenic hiking trails wind through Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park and are a fantastic way to explore the area on foot. At the heart of the park is a 40-acre grove of towering old-growth redwood trees. The short Redwood Grove Loop Trail takes you through the famous grove, which won the attention of historic environmentalists such as President Theodore Roosevelt and John Muir. Along the way, you'll learn about the unique ecology of coast redwoods and how the park paved the way for some of California's first redwood conservation efforts.

Stop by the visitors' center to pick up a self-guided brochure of the park or join a ranger-led tour. You can also join year-round interpretive programs, including stargazing, evening campfires, climate change talks, and birdwatching. Kids and adults alike love stepping inside the Fremont Tree, a magnificent redwood that was hollowed out by fire and served as a shelter for Lt. John C. Fremont in the 1800s.

In summer, the Garden of Eden swimming hole on the San Lorenzo River is a great place to cool off. For sweeping views over the redwood canopy, head up to the Observation Deck. It's the highest point in the park, with views stretching all the way to Monterey and the Pacific Ocean on a clear day. Keep your eyes open for black-tailed deer, bobcats, coyotes, banana slugs, and other native wildlife.

Camping at Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park

RV camping at Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park offers a unique chance to sleep among some of the tallest trees in the world. The campground is set in a sun-dappled evergreen forest and features more than 100 sites with picnic tables and fire pits for enjoying your meals outdoors. Sites can accommodate motorhomes of up to 35 feet in length, making it a great option for small to medium-sized RV rentals. A handful of sites are ADA accessible.

There are no electric, sewer, or water hookups, so you'll need to be self-sufficient. That said, you'll enjoy creature comforts like flush toilets, coin-operated hot showers, and potable water stations. If you need access to a dump station, head to nearby state parks such as Big Basin or New Brighton State Beach. Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park fills up fast from Memorial Day to Labor Day, so it's best to make a reservation. Pets are welcome at Henry Cowell Redwoods but must be kept on a leash. You'll also need to clean up any leftover food, as Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park is in black bear country.

Exploring the Area

RV camping at Henry Cowell Redwoods is a great opportunity to explore the Santa Cruz Mountains and California's Central Coast. Head 10 minutes south and you'll hit Santa Cruz, a laid-back beach town fringed by a sandy beach and bustling boardwalk. You're also well-placed for exploring the Santa Cruz Mountains American Viticultural Area, one of California's prime winemaking regions. Spend the day sipping your way through boutique vineyards and sampling award-winning pinot noir, chardonnay and cabernet sauvignon. Why not pick up a bottle of your favorite and enjoy a private tasting session back at your campsite?

For gas, groceries, and other motorhome camping essentials, head to Felton, a three-mile drive from the campground. Felton is also a jumping point for forest ziplining adventures and rides on the Roaring Camp Railroad, which offers a unique chance to ride heritage steam locomotives from the 1800s. Ride the narrow-gauge railway through the redwood forest and up to the summit of Bear Mountain or step aboard the beach service to Santa Cruz. Want to drive your car through a giant tree? You'll find a handful of options just off US Route 101, including the Chandelier Tree in Leggett, Shrine Drive-Thru Tree in Myer’s Flat, and Klamath Tree in Del Norte County.

RV Rentals in Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park, CA

Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park, CA is the perfect spot to start your next road trip.

There are many popular rentals in Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park. Outdoorsy's Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park RV rental marketplace allows renters to choose from rental options from professional RV rental agencies as well as RVs for rent by owner.

Frequently Asked Questions


What are RV rentals?

Renting an RV lets you enjoy the flexibility of RV travel without all the costs and maintenance of ownership. With a rental, you can book the perfect rig for any trip just like you would a car or hotel. With Outdoorsy, you rent directly from the RV owner but get the backing of programs like roadside assistance, insurance, and stellar support from real, live people 24/7.

How much are average RV rentals?

On average, you can expect to pay between $75 and $150 per night to rent most small trailers and campervans. Larger trailers and motorhomes could cost $100 to $250 per night. Renting an RV for a longer time can be even more affordable–a week or month-long rental could average out to less than $60 per day.

Are there RV rentals with unlimited mileage?

Yes! Each RV owner can choose whether to offer unlimited miles on their vehicles. You’ll be able to see if unlimited mileage is an option on any listing you check out. If unlimited miles are not available, you’ll be able to see what is included with the base rate and what extra miles will cost.

Are RV rentals pet-friendly?

Many RV owners allow pets in their rentals. Be sure to check the listing to see if it’s an option for the rig you have your eye on. You’ll be able to see if there is an extra deposit or fee for pets before you request a booking.

Do RV rentals offer delivery?

Having an RV delivered to your home or destination is a great way to simplify your trip. Many RV owners offer delivery and setup services, usually for an extra fee or within a certain distance of their location. Each listing shows whether or not delivery is an option.

Are there RV rentals near me?

RV rentals are available all over the country! Whether you want to pick up an RV near home to set out an epic road trip or if you want to have one ready at your destination, you can search by location for any type of rig.

RV rental vs buying?

Renting an RV is an affordable way to get all the benefits of RV travel without the maintenance and overhead of ownership. It’s also a great way to try out the lifestyle and different types of rigs before you take the plunge and buy your own. Already own an RV? Consider renting yours out to bring in some extra income.

How many people can sleep in an RV?

Small travel trailers and campervans can usually sleep 2-4 people comfortably. Mid-size trailers and motorhomes usually sleep 4-8. Bigger rigs often sleep 6-10, some even 12!

Why choose Outdoorsy vs Craigslist or Airbnb?

Security, for one. Outdoorsy helps protect RV owners and renters with excellent support and insurance options, and a secure platform for listings, communication, and payments. There are plenty of other reasons though, like roadside assistance, detailed listings, and a wide variety of RVs to choose from.

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What's around Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park, CA


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Popular Nearby Trails

Hiking Trail Location
Bottom of the Low Road Trail Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park, CA
Eagle Creek Trail Scotts Valley, CA
Pipeline Road Trail Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park, CA
Redwood Loop Trail Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park, CA
Zayante Trail to Meadow Trail Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park, CA
Ox Road Trail Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park, CA
Roaring Camp Loop Trail Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park, CA
Eagle Creek Trail Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park, CA
Lime Kilns Trail Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park, CA
Fall Creek Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park, CA

Popular Nearby Campgrounds

Campground Location
Santa Cruz Harbor RV Park Santa Cruz County, CA
Santa Cruz / Monterey Bay KOA Santa Cruz County, CA
Santa Cruz North / Costanoa KOA San Mateo County, CA
Moss Landing KOA Express Monterey County, CA
Salinas / Monterey KOA Monterey County, CA
Belle Ridge Campground Putnam County, TN
Pelican Point RV Park San Mateo County, CA
Saddle Mountain RV Park & Campground Monterey County, CA
Del Valle Family Campground Alameda County, CA
San Francisco RV Resort San Mateo County, CA

Popular Nearby Parks

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Recommendations for Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park, CA from Outdoorsy Owners


Rio del Mar

Its a nice beach with free parking. I took my kids there for years always a fun time. Great deli near by

May 25, 2018
Aptos St. BBQ

Smoked meats, great beers, and often live music. Can get crowded

Feb 5, 2018
Big Basin Redwoods State Park

Fall asleep under the California redwoods and hike through the enchanted forest

Feb 5, 2018
Santa Cruz North / Costanoa KOA

For the glamping experience... store,activities, garden, restaurant, spa, lodge, across hwy 1 from expansive beach area

Feb 5, 2018
Seacliff State Beach

Beach front camping. Famous cement boat. Difficult to reserve, so plan ahead

Feb 5, 2018
New Brighton State Beach

The Campground is nice, the beach is beautiful, the weather is always amazing and it's just a couple miles away from Capitola and the Santa Cruz Boardwalk

Dog-friendly Glamping Elbow Room Social Scene Ocean View Quiet Hookups Sleep Under The Stars Family Friendly Most Beautiful Scenic
Aug 3, 2017
Santa Cruz / Monterey Bay KOA Holiday

Local to bay area. A great family campground with all the KOA amenities. 1 mile to beach access.

Mar 21, 2017
Sunset Campground

This state park is ON THE BEACH (the bluffs above the beach) in between Monterey and Santa Cruz. Ocean view and a stroll from the sand. Can be windy and is busy during the summer.

Ocean View Sleep Under The Stars Family Friendly Most Beautiful Scenic
Mar 19, 2017

Recent Outdoorsy trips to Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park, CA


Santa Cruz

Coastal trip

Dec 29, 2019
Santa Cruz

Sight seeing at surrounding areas.

Good weather Scenic
Nov 29, 2019
Santa Cruz

Camp

Nov 12, 2019
Port Watsonvile

Sunset State Beach — Camping close to worksite.

Budget Quiet Overnight Chill Scenic
Nov 11, 2019
Felton

Stayed at the Santa Cruz RV Campground. Walked around the area, read a book, rode our bikes and generally relaxed.

Nov 4, 2019
Santa Cruz

We went camping in Henry Cowell State Park near Santa Cruz and later explored San Francisco!

Has Coffee Dog-friendly Quiet Sleep Under The Stars Most Beautiful Dog-friendly Scenic
Oct 23, 2019