If you are looking for a short, out-and-back trail in Felton, California, then Meadow Trail is the perfect one for you and your pooch. The trail is half a mile long and can be found immediately after the bridge that crosses the San Lorenzo River on the Highway 9 entrance to Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park. This dog-friendly trail has almost no elevation, which makes it a great choice for those that want to have an easy hike with their furry friend.
Meadow Trail starts as an entryway track into a pawtacular landscape that has a lot to offer in terms of history and natural splendor. As you make your way into the park, your attention will be caught by a wide and open meadow that is bounded by towering, old-growth, redwood trees. Meadow Trail passes alongside this wooded meadow to provide treasured glimpses through the brush and trees.
As you and your barker soak up the wooferdful nature around you, try and catch a glimpse of the small meadow animals like squirrels and rabbits that have this place as their home. As you would expect in any true natural habitat, you will also get to see birds of prey, such as hawks. Other animals that you can expect to see include coyotes and deer. To protect your tail-wagger and to avoid any distraction and destruction to the biota along the trail, dogs must always be on a leash and prevented from wandering off the trail.
If you get to the end of this half-mile trail and feel energized to see more, you can keep going from there right back to the start on a different half-mile trail called River Trail. Together, the Meadow Trail and River Trail form a one-mile loop. Where Meadow Trail ends and where River Trail begins, you can find a nature store. Other amenities close to Meadow Trail include a visitor center, restrooms, picnic table, and a main parking area. Be sure to bring bottles for water, and clean up bags, and get ready for a pawfect afternoon with your furry bestie!
Wildlife like hawks and coyotes could pose a danger to your small dog, so be alert. Prevent your dog from eating mushrooms and any other plant along the trail or throughout the park, as some are poisonous.