The park offers 10,000 acres of rugged semi-wilderness, rising from sea level to steep coastal mountains of more than 2,600 feet. The site of logging operations until the 1920s, visitors can still find evidence of these logging camps, mill sites, and train trestles in the park. The land was purchased by the Marks family in the 1950s, and was donated to the state in 1963.
There are 30 miles of trails nestled in this second-growth forest, perfect for hiking, mountain biking, or a leisurely stroll. Horses are allowed on a portion of the fire road and some trails. A number of picnic areas are available with charcoal grills. Dogs are allowed on fire roads only, and must be on a leash.
For additional information, connect to Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks.
Image used with permission of Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks.
- Exit on State Park Drive from Highway 1.
- Go east on State Park Drive to Soquel Drive.
- Turn right on Soquel Drive.
- Go 1 mile to Aptos Creek Road.
- Turn left on Aptos Creek Road (Aptos Center) into the park.