Up Highway 17 from San Jose in Felton, about a half hour's drive, is this oasis of old growth redwood with miles of trails.
Henry Cowell was a limestone magnate, rancher, landowner and not to be confused with the composer (though they were contemporaries). His family donated much of the land that comprises the State Park, and the location of the University of California at Santa Cruz was formerly the Cowell Ranch.
Being so close to San Jose, Henry Cowell is a wonderful place to have a walk in the woods when you don't have a lot of time. And when out of town visitors come by, it is a great way to introduce them to the redwood forests.