Uvas Canyon County Park

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Uvas Canyon County Park
Swanson Creek, Uvas Canyon County Park.jpg
Swanson Creek in Uvas Canyon
Type County park
Location Santa Cruz Mountains west of Morgan Hill, California
Area 4.5850883 km2 (1.7703125 sq mi)
Operated by Santa Clara County
Status Open daily
Convergent Lady Beetles, waterfall trail. Lady Bugs gather in the mountain valleys when they enter their overwintering diapause stage.

Uvas Canyon County Park is part of the Santa Clara County Parks System.[1] This 1,133-acre natural park is located in upper Uvas Canyon on the eastern side of the Santa Cruz Mountains, west of Morgan Hill, California. The park has several small waterfalls, some of which flow perennially. It is relatively close to San Jose and Silicon Valley. It facilitates picnics, hiking and overnight camping. It is one of the few parks in the area that allows dogs in the campgrounds.

Access to Uvas Canyon County Park is via Croy Road, a two-lane paved secondary road off Uvas Road with no outlet that narrows to a single lane within the small private community of Sveadal, just before the park entrance.

Flora[edit]

A partial list of trees and plants found in the park is described in the park's Waterfall Loop Nature Trail Guide. Some are non-native species, brought in by early settlers.

Waterfalls[edit]

The park has seven small waterfalls, five of which are named on park maps and identified with signposts:

The streams are rain and spring fed. Even though the streams are perennial, the best time to visit these waterfalls is after recent rains.

Waterfalls of Uvas Canyon County Park
Basin Falls is around 20 feet tall, and is at an elevation of about 1100 ft. 
Black Rock Falls 
Granuja Falls 
Triple Falls is around 35 feet tall. 
Upper Falls 

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Uvas Canyon County Park. Parks and Recreation. County of Santa Clara". County of Santa Clara. Retrieved 2014-09-06. 

External links[edit]

  • Leon Turnbull. "Black Rock Falls". Waterfalls of California. waterfallswest.com. Retrieved 2009-12-06. 

Coordinates: 37°05′N 121°47′W / 37.08°N 121.79°W / 37.08; -121.79