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Castle Rock State Park

Contact Information

(408) 867-2952

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Driving Directions to Castle Rock SP

The park is located on Highway 35, just 2 1/2 miles southeast of the junction with Highway 9.

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Camping and Lodging

Online reservations are not available for this park.

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Along the crest of the Santa Cruz Mountains, Castle Rock State Park embraces coast redwood, Douglas-fir, and madrone forest, most of which has been left in its wild, natural state. Steep canyons are sprinkled with unusual rock formations that are popular with rock climbers. The forest here is lush and mossy, crisscrossed by 32 miles of hiking and horseback riding trails. These trails are part of an even more extensive trail system that links the Santa Clara and San Lorenzo valleys with Castle Rock State Park, Big Basin Redwoods State Park, and the Pacific Coast.

Primitive campsites for backpackers are the only overnight facilities. Equestrians are urged to call ahead for current trail information, and smokers are advised that, due to high fire hazard, smoking is prohibited on the trails within Castle Rock State Park.

Dogs are not allowed on the trails or in the campground.

Events, Hikes & Activities in Area California State Parks
Please click here for the monthly Interpretive Activities Schedule for parks in the Santa Cruz District of California State Parks. 

Location - Directions

The park is located on Highway 35, just 2 1/2 miles southeast of the junction with Highway 9.
Castle Rock State Park, CA Latitude / Longitude: 37.2317 / -122.1158

Seasons/Climate Recommended Clothing

The weather can be changeable; layered clothing is recommended.

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Available Activities and Facilities at Castle Rock State Park

OVERNIGHT FACILITIES
Environmental Campsites
Hike or Bike Campsites
TRAIL USE
Hiking Trails
Horseback Riding
DAY-USE ACTIVITIES & FACILITIES
Historical/Cultural Site
Interpretive Exhibits
Vista Point
Geocaching
OTHER FACILITIES & VISITOR INFORMATION
Drinking Water Available