Offering breathtaking views of the Santa Cruz Mountains, Castle Rock State Park is home to over 5,200 acres of redwood forest, a 75-foot waterfall, miles of hiking along open ridges and through shady forests, and a playground of sandstone rock formations attracting both world-class and beginning rock climbers. The new Robert C. Kirkwood entrance, located a quarter mile north on Skyline Boulevard, includes a 90-car parking lot with permeable paving, six restrooms with flush toilets, a drinking water station, cell service, and WiFi. It also features a 60-seat amphitheater, interpretive exhibits, and shaded picnic areas. Castle Rock turned 50 in 2018 but the celebration will continue with a special event in spring 2019.
October 17, 2018