Fall Creek Unit
Latest NewsTrails in the lower portion of the park are now open. See map below for details.
Here are some guidelines for people visiting the Fall Creek Unit: Limited trails are open: Bennett Creek, High School, Kiln Fire Road, South Fork, Truck, North Fall Creek (between Cape Horn trail and Bennett Creek Trail). Closed trails are Lost Empire, Pine Flat, Sunlit, Tan Oak, Big Ben, Ridge, S-Cape, North Fall Creek (between Cape Horn Trail and Big Ben Trail). Please see the map for more information. Get more information on the California State Parks response to COVID-19 here.
Fall Creek is the northern area of Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park. One of the park’s best kept secrets, it is 2,390 acres with about 20 miles of hiking trails.
The park is located at 1101 Felton Empire Road, about 4 miles west of Highway 9 in Felton.
By Bus: Take Santa Cruz METRO route 35 towards Highway 9/Scotts Valley to Boulder Creek Mt. Store via Glen Arbor. Exit on Graham Hill Rd & Hwy 9 (Covered Bridge). Head northwest on Graham Hill Rd toward Hwy 9. Slight left onto Felton Empire Rd. Turn right to enter Fall Creek Unit.
Things to doHiking
Fall Creek contains about 20 miles of trails. Pick up a trail map at Henry Cowell State Park Visitor Center.
NOTE: Some trails were impacted by wildfire and remain closed.
OPEN TRAILS: Bennett Creek, High School, Kiln Fire Road, South Fork, Truck, North Fall Creek (between Cape Horn trail and Bennett Creek Trail)
CLOSED TRAILS (marked red on map above): Lost Empire, Pine Flat, Sunlit, Tan Oak, Big Ben, Ridge, S-Cape, North Fall Creek (between Cape Horn Trail and Big Ben Trail)
Fees and Passes
Parking is free.
There are no facilities.
In the early 1950s, Samuel “Harry” Cowell proposed combining his family-owned property with an adjacent county-owned park to create a single park. Named after his father, Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park was established in 1954.
The Fall Creek Unit was later deeded to the state in 1972 by the Cowell family’s foundation. The park contains nearly the entire Fall Creek watershed, extending southeast from Ben Lomond Mountain.
- Horses are permitted only on designated trails.
- Dogs, bikes, firearms, camping, fires and smoking are not allowed in the park.
- All plants, animals and historical artifacts are protected. Do not remove them.