Felton, California Photos & Information

Felton is an unincorporated Santa Cruz County community located only a few miles from the Pacific Ocean and the City of Santa Cruz. Hiking, bicycling, fishing, jogging, walking, camping, train rides, shopping and just plain fun awaits happy travelers seeking an old-fashioned escape. Surrounded by beautiful redwood groves and forests, the region features hiking trails, an amusement park where kids can pan for gold and ride an old-fashioned train and a landmark covered bridge seen in paintings and photographed often.  See  California Trains & Trams


When visiting Felton, take a ride on the Beach Train to Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk. It is one of the oldest and most historic lines in California providing an authentic experience that takes you back in time. Located at Roaring Camp five miles east of Scotts Valley in Felton, the route opened in 1875 and was designed to carry picnickers and tourists to the Big Trees and Santa Cruz. Today’s Beach Trains travel through Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park, down the scenic San Lorenzo River Gorge, across a 1909 steel truss bridge, and through an 1875 tunnel before arriving at the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk. A round trip excursion takes three hours and costs $20 (approximate) round trip. Buy tickets


While some believe Beach Train is the ultimate experience, Steam Train narrow-gauge excursions to Bear Mountain are equally popular. Roaring Camp's steam engines date from 1890 and are among the oldest and most authentically preserved narrow-gauge steam engines. Travel over trestles, through towering redwood groves and up a winding narrow-gauge grade to the summit of Bear Mountain where you can exit the train to stand in a redwood grove. / roaringcamp.com


Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park is adjacent to Roaring Camp and features 20 miles of hiking and riding trails through a forest that looks much the same as it did 200 years ago. The tallest tree in the park is about 285 feet tall, and about 16 feet wide. The oldest trees in the park are about 1400 to 1800 years old. The park has a nature center, bookstore and main park area containing about 1,750 acres of old-growth redwoods. Call: 831-438-2396. www.parks.ca.gov

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