Scotts Valley – Taking the Lead in Recreation
With gorgeous mountain views and ideal weather, Scotts Valley’s local parks are the crown jewel of the city. Residents enjoy a wide range of recreational facilities and services, including grounds for organized and team sports, the area’s largest skateboard park, numerous playgrounds for children, swimming pool, Bocce Ball Courts, outdoor performance stages, tennis courts, fishing, picnic areas, club houses, historic sites, and walking/bicycling paths.
Scotts Valley Parks and Recreation
361 Kings Village Rd.
Scotts Valley, CA
The Parks and Recreation Division coordinates a variety of activities and facilities to meet the diverse and enterprising needs of the community. Children benefit from outstanding after-school programs and activities ranging from sports camps and baby play to art and music lessons. For adults, there are sports leagues and special classes in everything from art to investing.
Scotts Valley Community Center
360 Kings Village Road 438-3251
Located near Skypark and next door to the Chamber of Commerce. This beautiful facility includes a main hall, fireside room, kitchen and patio area with a large built-in BBQ. It is a popular venue for weddings and special events, as well as many of the Chamber functions.
Scotts Valley Senior Center
370 Kings Village Rd. 438-8666
Offers daily programming and activities for seniors including Wednesday bingo and lunches. The facility is available for rent and includes a large outdoor barbeque, wood deck, main hall and commercial kitchen.
Scotts Valley Parks
Camp Evers Fishing Park
3475 Glen Canyon Rd.,Scotts Valley, CA
Open from April through August, offering free seasonal fishing for young people 15 and under. Restrooms and a small picnic area are available.
Hocus Pocus Park
11 Lundy Lane.,ScottsValley, CA
Equipped with two half-court basketball courts, a barbecue and picnic area, a playground, restrooms and a spacious grassy area.
1900 Green Hills Rd.,ScottsValley, CA
Over a mile of picturesque hiking and walking trails in an undeveloped forest.
Mac Dorsa Park
CivicCenter Dr.,ScottsValley, CA
Gazebo, playground and group barbecue pit. The park also features the original residence of Hiram Scott, for whomScottsValleyis named.
141 Vine Hill School Rd.,ScottsValley, CA
A 7.5 acre tract with two softball fields, a soccer field, playground, horseshoe pits, amphitheater, barbecue pits, picnic tables and snack bar.SiltanenFamilySwimCenterfeatures a 20-by-40-foot pool and is available for lessons and recreational swimming.
361 Kings Village Drive,ScottsValley
Boasting four lighted tennis courts, community soccer fields, a 20,000 sq. ft. skateboard park, theScottsValleyDogParkand classroom space. There are barbecue and picnic areas, a playground, Bocce courts and public restrooms. Skypark showcases theLinearParknative plant walkway featuring a wide variety ofCalifornianative plants, trees and shrubs.
Theater, Amusement & Theme Parks
Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk
400 Beach St.,Santa Cruz,CA
California’s oldest amusement park is easy to get to from Scotts Valley! The park includes two National Historic Landmarks – the 1911 Looff Carousel and 1924 Giant Dipper roller coaster in addition to many modern day amusement park rides and attractions. Scotts Valley is approximately 8 easy driving minutes to the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, or stay in Scotts Valley and ride the bus to the beach! Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk
Santa Cruz Big Trees & Pacific Railway Company
Graham Hill Rd., Felton, CA 335-4484
Located just minutes from Scotts Valley, you’ll find America’s last steam-powered passenger railroad with year-round passenger train service: the historic Roaring Camp & Big Trees Narrow-Gauge Railroad. They operate several excursion trains which wind through the Santa Cruz Mountains, Rincon Valley, and even to the Boardwalk. Trains depart from Roaring Camp, an historic restoration site which conducts events and activities including re-enactments and holiday celebrations.
The Mystery Spot
Driving directions and information about The Mystery Spot, located near Scotts Valley. Located just a few miles out of Scotts Valley and in a beautiful Redwood forest, The Mystery Spot makes a great adventure.
Shakespeare Santa Cruz Festival Theater and Redwood Glen
UniversityofCalifornia Santa Cruz Ticketoffice: 459-2159
e-tickets: tickets@cats. ucsc.edu
Experience lively, innovative repertory theater performed by one ofNorth America’s top ten Shakespeare companies. The festival is staged at the spectacular outdoor redwood forest Festival Glen stage and at the intimate indoor Mainstage Theater.
Santa Cruz Harbor
135 Fifth Ave.,Santa Cruz, CA 475-6161
Santa CruzHarboroffers a marina for private boats as well as charter fishing boats, sailing lessons and activities such as sailboat regattas.
Boulder Creek Golf and Country Club
16901 BigBasin Hwy.,Boulder Creek,CA
338-2111 / www.bouldercreekgolf.com
Boulder Creek Golf offers a challenging 18-hole Executive Golf course with a full-service restaurant and bar. Conference & meeting facility, overnight condominium lodging, vacation rental packages, and tennis and swimming facilities.
DeLaveaga Golf and Lodge
401 Upper Park Road,Santa Cruz,CA
423-7214 / www.delaveagagolf.com
DeLaveaga offers championship caliber golf, as well as a disc golf course, with spectacular views of the Monterey Bayand consistently ranks as one of the top public facilities inNorthern California.
Pasatiempo Golf Course
18 Clubhouse Road,Santa Cruz,CA
459-9155 / www.pasatiempo.com
This historic top 100 course is a semi-private golf club that sets aside certain tee times each day for public play, with outstanding greens, a pro shop and restaurant, just five minutes fromScottsValley.
Valley Gardens Golf Course
263 Mount Hermon Rd.,ScottsValley, CA
ValleyGardensGolf Course is a 9-hole executive length golf course located inScottsValley. This short layout will reward good shots and provide a fun golf outing for everyone
3535 N. Main St.,Soquel,CA
Award winning wines including dessert-style wines made from pure local fruit. Tasting Room,ArtGalleryand courtyard overlook Soquel Creek and are open daily.
Bruzzone Family Vineyards
433 Sunridge Dr., ScottsValley,CA95066
438-3120 / www.bruzzonevineyards.com
Hand-harvesting and oak-barrrel processing has yielded this winery’s award-winning Chardonnay. Vineyards are not open to public, but call 685-8463 for event information.
Heart O’ the Mountain
345-6133 / www.heartothemountain.com
Family owned winery producing handcrafted, ultra-premium Pinot Noir. Winery is not open to the public, but check the website for local and statewide tastings and events.
SC Mountains Wine Growers Association
7605 Old Dominion Ct., Ste A,Aptos,CA
685-8465 / www.scmwa.com
Scotts Valley is great place to use as your starting and ending point if you would like to visit the mostly undiscovered and uncrowded Santa Cruz mountain wineries. The wineries of the Santa Cruz mountains utilize one of the premier wine growing and wine tasting regions of the world. There are many wine vineyards and wine makers located in and near Scotts Valley, with most of them just a short 15 or 20 minute drive through the redwood treesThe Association provides information on tours and events at the over 40 wineries located throughout the Santa Cruz Mountains.
Parks and Beaches In The Region
Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park
(borders Scotts Valley on Graham Hill Road)
Day Use Entrance Address:
101 North Big Trees Park Road
2591 Graham Hill Road
Beautiful old growth redwood trees are what the visitor to this state park will find. Located on the border of Scotts Valley, the park offers many uncrowded hiking trails for all levels of ability. The Redwood loop trail offers wheel chair access on a paved trail through the redwood giants, so even the those with limited mobility can enjoy a day in the trees. Excellent Equestrian and mountain bike trails in addition to the hiking trails. The San Lorenzo River runs through the middle of this park, offering a huge variety of terrain and biological specimen to explore. The Scotts Valley Chamber of Commerce’s web master recommends the short hike from the campgrounds to the observation deck where on a clear day a visitor is rewarded with a spectacular view of the Monterey Bay Sanctuary and the Santa Cruz Coastline. Day use and camping are permitted in the campgrounds. Bordering Scotts Valley along Graham Hill Road, this park features 15 miles of hiking and riding trails through a forest that looks much the same as it did 200 years ago. Henry Cowell Redwoods is home to a centuries old Redwood Grove that features a self-guided nature path and camping. The park has a nature center and bookstore. Henry Cowell State Park
Loch Lomond Recreation Area
Felton, CA 335-7424
Big Basin State Park
The oldest state park in California, this is a park not to be missed! Scotts Valley residents and vistors are fortunate to be so close to one of the most beatiful state parks in the country. Located aprox 15 minutes from Scotts Valley, this park gets busy in the summer, so arrive early in the morning and watch the sunrise from one of the many vista points. Then,with plenty of water and your lunch packed you can make a day of it by hiking down to the sea and rugged north coast shoreline.
Henry Cowell State Park
This park features 15 miles of hiking and riding trails through a variety of forested areas including redwoods, mixed evergreens, riparian, ponderosa pine, as well as rare ancient marine deposits called Santa Cruz sandhills.
Santa Cruz County Conference & Visitors Council
Visitor services and guide to Santa Cruz County.