Tucked away in upper Uvas Canyon in east Santa Cruz is a lush, wooded refuge that is sure to set any adventurous pup's tail a-wagging. Covering almost 1,150 acres, Uvas Canyon County Park is a dream destination for both human and canine outdoor enthusiasts thanks to its natural beauty and recreation opportunities.
At Uvas Canyon County Park, you and your four-legged pal can go hiking, picnicking, and camping throughout most of the year, so set aside a weekend to check out this pawsome site! This mountain park offers over 7 miles of hiking trails, with the most pawpular being the 1-mile Waterfall Loop. Running along both shores of Swanson Creek, this route will take you and Fido past many puptacular waterfalls—don't forget to bring your camera! The Waterfall Loop also consists of a self-guided nature trail, which will introduce you to many of the flora that can be found in the canyon, including white alder, coyote bush, and coastal wood fern. Be sure to pick up a pamphlet at the trailhead or ranger's office so you can learn more about the plants along the way. If you and your pooch enjoy challenging hikes, hit the trails that lead to Knobcone Point and Knibbs Knob.
For overnight accommodations, Uvas Canyon has a campground with individual and group campsites, drinking water, and restrooms. Reservations are required since this is such a pawpular spot! Note that up to two doggos are allowed per campsite and they must be confined at night. Leaving your pup unattended at any time is a no-no, too. Canine visitors are welcome to explore all areas of the park, but remember to always keep your furry friend on a 6-foot leash and clean up after them.
Whether you and Fido spend a day or a weekend at Uvas Canyon County Park, you can expect to be in for a puptastic treat!