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Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park
Photo Credit: @dcaccent
Just seven miles from downtown Santa Cruz, the town of Felton is headquarters for a scenic duck into the cool embrace of a redwood forest. If you’re traveling with children as well as the family pet, there’s no better way to do so than to hop on a dog-friendly train. Roaring Camp Railroads offers Redwood Forest Steam Train excursions in open-air cars on narrow-gauge tracks once used to haul giant redwood logs from the forest. It’s tons of fun on many levels—but hang onto your leash, as your four-legged companion is sure to be mega-excited. more »
Photo Credit: Diana Spiewak
After a recent move from Illinois to California, Diana and her pups set out to explore dog-friendly California. She shared one of their California adventures with us: more »
When it comes to things to do with your dog in Santa Cruz County
, there’s the obvious (beaches, wineries), and the not-so-obvious—like Byrne-Milliron Forest
, a 400-acre Land Trust of Santa Cruz County property managed as a working forest and laced with dog-friendly trails (off-leash hiking for dogs with reliable recall is allowed). Another option for hikers is Pogonip
, a 640-acre nature reserve/greenbelt with numerous dog-friendly trails. Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park
is one of few state-run parks in California that allows dogs on some (but not all) trails. Got kids? Roaring Camp Railroads
offers dog- and family-friendly steam train excursions through the redwoods. Another gem is Felton Covered Bridge Park
, where the photo opps are as good as the picnic grounds are shady.
Of course, for first-time visitors, the obvious may not be so obvious. Suggestions for a yappy day: more »
It's hard to beat a day in the redwoods, especially if the visit includes a ride on a narrow-gauge railroad once used to haul Bunyan-size logs out of the Santa Cruz Mountains.
Roaring Camp Railroad
's vintage steam engines date to the 1890s, but today more »
It's hard to beat a day in the redwoods, especially if the day includes a ride on a narrow-gauge railroad once used to haul redwood logs out of the Santa Cruz Mountains. Roaring Camp Railroad's vintage steam engines date to the 1890s, but today they haul people—and dogs, if leashed and well behaved—on a scenic route through towering redwood groves and up a winding grade to the summit of Bear Mountain. more »