Fall is a glorious time to be in the park. Among the Redwood, Madrone, Bay, and Oak are the Big-Leaved Maple trees whose leaves turn a beautiful yellow before dropping to the forest floor. Don’t miss a trip up the Fire Road along Aptos Creek where these contrasting colors delight the eyes, and the smells of fall entice the senses. Another highlight is the foliage dropping into the creek water, and the ferns, which sometimes change color as well. Plan your trip, as the colors won’t last much longer. Enjoy!
Twisted Grove, one of the most unusual and beautiful groves of redwoods in California, is located across Aptos Creek on Old-Growth Loop. Many majestic redwoods climb to the sky, and as they do they twist mysteriously. No one is sure why this happened and it is the only grove in the park that grows this way. Go and experience these unique trees in Twisted Grove along Old-Growth Loop.
Find Old-Growth Loop trail markers across from the Kiosk station at the entrance to the park. Enjoy!
Porter House. Those of you who have wandered up the Loma Prieta Grade Trail recently have no doubt seen the interpretive panel at Porter House Site. If you’re a long time county resident or even a recent arrival to the area, you may recognize the Porter family in the place names of Santa Cruz County – Porter Gulch Road near Cabrillo College, Porter Street and the Porter Memorial Library in Soquel, Porter College at UCSC and the Porter House Site in the Forest of Nisene Marks. Read More.