Berry Creek Falls: Big Basin’s Bucket List Hike

Berry Creek Falls

When a magical waterfall in the mountains is only a couple hours hike from the beach, we like to call that a Santa Cruz Life moment.

But how about three waterfalls, all within a mile of each other?

That’s what we call a bucket list item and we want to help you cross it off your list.

Here are some tips to reach Berry Creek Falls and more at Big Basin Redwoods State Park, starting from the ocean.

Your adventure begins with a drive up Highway 1, north of Santa Cruz. [Read more…]

Santa Cruz Sandhills: The Henry Cowell Trail Less Traveled

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A visit to Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park usually means one thing: a walk through the Redwood Grove Loop Trail. This is the Henry Cowell most are familiar with and for obvious reasons. Centuries-old, skyscraping redwoods are hard to miss and quite the draw, especially when hosting out-of-town visitors.

But there’s another side to Henry Cowell that has more in common with the beach than a redwood forest and, in fact, used to be a beach. Sort of.
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Beyond the Beach: A Family Road Trip Up Highway 1

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When you drive north of Santa Cruz on Highway 1, you don’t need much of a plan.

You could spend days exploring less crowded beaches alone—from Fern Grotto to Año Nuevo and everywhere in between—but this iconic stretch of coast-hugging asphalt also leads the way to unique destinations beyond the beach and perfect for families.

Roadside U-pick farms, a nature and history center, and even seasonal train rides are all within a scenic 45-minute drive from the outskirts of town.

We’ve made planning a one-day road trip with the kids easy so all you have to do is pack a picnic, or better yet, bring an empty basket and fill it along the way.

Now choose the panoramic setting on your camera and go!
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