"Santa Cruz's State Parks." Santa Cruz Off The Beaten Path Tip by MDH

Santa Cruz Off The Beaten Path: 38 reviews and 86 photos

  An old country road running through Wilder Ranch
by MDH

My old birthplace is blessed with a good amount of state parks and beaches that surround the city. Natural Bridges State Beach, Forest of Nisene Marks State Park, Wilder Ranch State Park, Twin Lakes State Beach, and nearby Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park are all great day getaways from the town. Nature seems always to be at the city's doortstep, whether it be a scenic beach or a foggy redwood forest.

Wilder Ranch is perhaps the best off the beaten path in Santa Cruz. This 19th century, 4,500 acre dairy ranch sitting next to gentle hills and the coastline is great to explore, with old Victorian homes, gardens, barns, blacksmith shops, and excellent hiking and bike trails.

othercontact: www.santacruzstateparks.org
Phone: (831) 423-9703
Website: http://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=549

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  • Updated Feb 22, 2004
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