We have stayed in other campgrounds in the area and find that this is the nicest so far. The staff is friendly, the pool is clean and warm and everything works. There are some things that we wish were better. There is no laundry, so you have to drive to town to do a load of clothes. Spaces are clean and well maintained, however, they are very tight. Wi-Fi is good and so is the selection of cable TV channels. The roads in the park are narrow, so you have to go very slow. given the location and the other parks around it, this is a nice place, pricey, but near Santa Cruz. We camped here in a Motorhome.
We had a very nice camping experience at Cotillion RV Park. The helpful staff was pretty much there for all of our needs. The park is very clean, restrooms, showers and all. As others have mentioned the sites with full hookups are pretty close to each other and backing in can take some time. (The staff has great pointers for backing into the tight spots). The scenery was exceptional, tons of tall redwood and a running creek go through the park. There are several nice hiking trails. We lucked out an got 2 last min cancellation sites the weekend of the big Halloween Event at the park. There is is a nice size pool, but it was closed for the season. Overall, for all the amenities, you could not find a better place in the redwoods and so close to Santa Cruz. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
The sites are narrow, your awning will be inches away if not touching the neighboring RV. Luckily our site is located where there was not a site next to us, but no sewer connection. The restrooms are clean, no laundry facilities. The pool is large and warm. Campfires are allowed at your site. Exiting the park can be difficult if more than one RV wants to dump. A line of RV develops with no room to squeeze by. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
Summer rate reflects cash or check charge. Can't imagine what it'd be if using credit card. Packed in here like the proverbial sardines. Tall redwood trees are breathtaking but they utilize every bit of space in this park. It says pull-through sites, but I didn't see any and can't imagine a rig bigger than 32 foot getting in here very easily. The smaller rigs seem to manage "somehow." It was entertaining to watch them try to back into the tight spaces. Their slides are just about touching the picnic tables and it is extremely tight trying to maneuver around all the vehicles tucked snugly up against their trailers. Although clean, the bathrooms are dinky and old. We preferred our cramped RV shower over using these outdated showers. This place is 6 miles from the Boardwalk. If you don't have a vehicle then you have few options to get to the beach. To get Enterprise to bring you a vehicle the six miles to the park their most economical rental rates were $69/day+++. A cab ride would run you $45/each way. The Roaring Camp Railroad Depot is in the State park next door and about a 40 minute hike. The round trip beach train ride runs adults $26 each. So, for a family of 3 that's $76 to catch the train to spend about 4 hours at the beach. I wish I had read more current (and honest) reviews that clearly stated just how packed in here everyone was. The staff is very accommodating, and the pool is very nice, but I will not return here due to the overcrowded conditions and the old bathrooms. We camped here in a Motorhome.
This is a very nice park. The sites are good size; most have wooden decks. You are camping among the redwoods and have plenty of trails available for hiking. I have only one complaint regarding this park. I know that they are trying to keep the park clean, but when you are trying to relax you don't want to hear the leaf blowers going all morning long. If you are looking for peace and quiet this may not be the park for you. We camped here in a Motorhome.
We stayed for four nights in Dec., and rec'd a very good off-season rate. The park is lovely, nestled in Coastal Redwoods, with a very friendly staff. The space sizes are quite generous and the park is an easy drive into Felton and Santa Cruz. We checked out the two neighboring parks for future visits and found Cotillion Gardens the nicest of the three. One drawback that we didn't think was important at the time of booking, was no laundry facilities in the park. We had quite a bit of rain and with two adults and two dogs, we used all our "junk" towels trying to get clean and dry. Our bath towels couldn't dry out either, so we ended up spending several hours in town at the laundromat. This is the first park we've stayed in that had no laundry room, but I quickly learned what a convenience it is to simply walk from the trailer! We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
This is a great RV park. The rate was a little hard because we had extra people for a couple of nights and a tent. It was a holiday weekend so that is usually more, and they gave us 10% off for writing a check. The management is really helpful. The cable TV is great. We were able to watch a football game that we really wanted to see. They deliver wood to your site. Our kids used the pool and were happy with it. There was no charge for our 2 dogs. They let you pick the site you want and guarantee it. We have already booked for next year. The park has a lot of shade and the smell from the trees is wonderful. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
This is a great campground. The staff was very friendly and always cleaning up the campground even though it was very clean. Space #40 backed up to a stream with awesome giant redwood trees all over the campground. Easy access to the neighboring Redwood State Park. Nice hiking trails. This campground is close to the town of Felton and Santa Cruz. Made it down to the boardwalk and pier for the day. We camped here in a Motorhome.
The people at this park were wonderful. My son had another camp site & they got him a drill when he had a hard time putting the tent stakes in the ground. They also help him find a place for tent parts. Our site was nice & shady with a beautiful view of the hillside and creek. We liked it so much we didn't want to leave. We booked another stay with them next year. Lots of kids riding their bikes. This is a very dog friendly park. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
Nicely wooded campground with lots of amenities. Our rate didn't include sewer but was for 3 people, paying cash. The pool is heated and fairly large and the playground is really nice. The park abuts Henry Cowell State Park (which was full), and there are lots of trails through the redwoods. The push-button showers aren't too bad but the push-button sinks are really annoying--it's really hard not to splash water all over the place. The showers are decent-sized and the water was pretty hot. There's a space heater on a timer in the bathroom, too. I'm not sure why they got a 9.5* from Trailer Life--each has only 2 stalls and 2 sinks, and there is the push-button factor. Not very many for a campground this size. But they were quite clean. The Wi-Fi was fast and the cable gets 70 channels. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Beautiful surroundings and spacious sites. Be aware that the showers have push-type timers and mine was timed right at 5 seconds, making a taking a shower an irritating affair. Wifi was pleasantly speedy. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
Good rate, 3 nights price of 2. friendly. Easy access to Felton shops 5 min drive. Small play area, little stream site, spreadout sites. Small walking trails from site. Would return. We camped here in a Motorhome.
The $40 per night was ther average price I paid during the promotion of pay for 2 nights get 1 free. Beautiful park. All the employees were extremelly friendly. Some sewer connections are a bit of a reach. Make sure you have a 20ft sewer hose. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
Very nice park, however they only let in big rig like 40 foot during off season. We would love to be able to stay there during the summer, but our rig is to big. Close to Santa Cruz and other areas. We really enjoyed this park, but wish they would let bigger rigs in more often. We camped here in a Motorhome.
A meticulously maintained park amongst the tall trees. It is a short drive to Santa Cruz for beach and boardwalk. There is access to a couple of short state park trails from the campground. The Wifi and cable work well. It's on the pricey side, but they do offer a three nights for price of two special. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Excellent park!!! The owners and employees were fabulous. Very nice people. What service!! You buy firewood from the office and they deliver it to your campsite. Very pretty area up in the redwoods. I would have given a 10, but some of the sites looked very, very small. Do not tow a trailer up highway 9 (incredibly tight and twisty), instead go up highway 17 through Scotts Valley. Great hiking trails right from the park into Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park. Also, see the Roaring Camp railroads. Our kids loved the train ride!!! We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
Tucked into a beautiful grove of redwood trees, Cotillion RV Park offers a lot of scenic beauty. This park is within easy walking distance of Roaring Camp Railroad/Thomas the Train. The campground is spotlessly maintained. The only real drawbacks are numerous children on scooters and bicycles that clog the narrow roadways and pathways. The park's management is ultra friendly and can take care of the RVer's immediate needs. One suggestion for park improvement would be to install clear directional signs for entering or exiting the RV park. It's hard to give ground when encountering a large motorhome or trailer coming at you in the narrow roadways. All in all, though, Cotillion RV Park offers serenity in a wooded environment. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
This is an excellent park and we discovered it 4 years ago. It's been an annual trip since then as we attend the Thomas the Tank Engine days at Roaring Camp with our kids each year. As others have mentioned this campground can be full of kids as expected with the Thomas event every year. This is great for us as there are other kids and "young" families in the campground during this time of year. In talking with the few "permanent" residents many other times throughout the year the campground is quiet. Cotillion Gardens though is a great base camp for doing most everything in the area. If steam trains aren't something you're interested in then the Santa Cruz Boardwalk is only minutes to the south. Want to do some hiking? Head north for Big Basin State Park or just stay in the area and hike Henry Cowell State Park. Need groceries or other items? Downtown Scotts Valley is only minutes away as well however there is a large grocery store in Felton as well. Point being this is a great central location to explore the greater Santa Cruz area with lots of things to see and do. The campground is also clean with decent sized spaces. I would give this campground a 10 however the pool has been a little colder than expected on 2 of our 4 visits. Just a little cold for children however it's clean and everyone still has fun. Oh don't forget to check out the tree slide. A unique playground feature that my kids look forward to every year. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
We have stayed here at least a dozen times over the years and it has become our favorite campground in the area. Although crowded and over run with small children like most places at certain times of years like spring/summer holidays, that is to be expected. The owners and new office staff are wonderful, you can go to the office, order firewood and they deliver it right to your campsite. They are very helpful in assisting you in local attractions and hiking trails. Roaring Camp Railroad and the train to Santa Cruz is a must and within walking distance, the sound of the steam whistle from the Roaring Camp mountain train softly in the distance several times a day is a treat. We have our favorite and least favorite campsites and only one bad experience with other campers. This was due to the close proximity of four campsites and one loud family that asked all the local campers not to have campfires. To top it off they were camping with others located away from our campsites, yet had to make it un-enjoyable for three other campsites. We will continue to camp here regardless of one bad experience with an inconsiderate group of multi-site campers. We camped here in a Motorhome.
[ 7 / 10 ]
Beautiful setting in the Redwood trees, adjacent to Henry Coe State Park and within walking distance of Roaring Camp Railroad. We have been here twice and enjoyed both times. Some of the sites are very spacious but not all - some are really small. The recreation hall has fooze-ball, ping-pong, etc, and movies in the summer. The RV sites are gravel and are raked for each new arrival; most RV sites have a deck big enough for a small tent. Tent sites are grass or have decks. The pool is clean. The bathrooms are small and old, but clean and in good working order. The staff is responsive to maintenance requests (a clogged toilet was fixed immediately). We will come again. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
Great park for rest and relaxation. Very pet friendly if you are responsible owners. Our dog enjoyed meeting with the others at the park. It is older so anything larger than 35 ft may have a problem. Most sights are narrow. With the slide and awning out, you will take up the whole site with. That being said, I would go back again when in the area. We camped in a 31ft 5th wheel. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
This is one of our favorite parks and our second visit here. We camped with 4 other rv'ers and had about 8 kids under the age of 7 with us. We had spot 53 which was a bit small but right across from the creek where the kids played. The pool was a great amenity as was the playground although a short trek from the campsite. The park has lots of big trees with a a mountain feel that is city-close. It's very close to lots of attractions in the Santa Cruz area. It's small, clean, quiet, and conveniently located. I gave it a 9 because it seems a bit overpriced at $50/night, but as they say you pay for location, location, location. We camped here in a Motorhome.
The good things: beautiful campground, good rates for the area, nice courteous staff, discount for military and for paying cash, quiet. The bad things: pool only open on weekends (how hard is it to open a pool for the day?), lack of play area for dogs or kids (I'd like to see a small grassy field or something), horrible pothole at the entrance nobody tells you about until after you hit it (no worries if coming from other direction, but not told), restrooms had no soap or paper towels, showers had to be turned on every 15 seconds, stream isn't much of a stream. Overall: It is a nice place if you want peace and quiet and don't have dogs or kids. It would be nice if they invested in WiFi Internet. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Park is in the middle of the forest adjacent to a state park. Our site was cramped, but there are larger ones available. All sites have a movable fire pit and picnic table. All hookups worked perfectly. Park is well cared for and offers basketball, playground, pool and game room. We camped here in a Motorhome.
We had such a nice time here. The park is beautiful. It backs up to Henry Cowell State Park. The sites are lovely and clean. The park staff were friendly and unobtrusive. We were part of a large group and never felt anything but welcome. We have children (8 and 6 years) who had a wonderful time. The recreation facilities include a pool (closed after 10/15), basketball, playground, video games, pool, and ping-pong. We live 9 miles away but would come back for a quick weekend getaway. What a fun place. I loved the pictures in the rec room of their Halloween festivities dating back 10 years! There were dogs on leashes everywhere but I saw no dog waste anywhere. Everyone we interacted with was friendly and fun! A great family park! We camped here in a Motorhome.
[ 8 / 10 ]
Yes there are signs everywhere. But with good reason. When people follow the signs it is easier for the hosts to keep the park clean and quiet! Our space #49 overlooked a small creek, was mostly level with manicured gravel. A wash tub fire pit and wood picnic table filled out the site. The site was roomie and separated from the other sites by large redwood trees. The campground hosts were very different from each other. One gentleman was very friendly and helpful. He gave us a quick, interesting history of the area and good tips on hikes to take. His partner, we didn't learn her name, was quiet and short in her conversations. The location is in the middle of a redwood grove with a small stream flowing through the campsites. It is an old park but well maintained. It is bordered by the Cowell State Park, with trails that lead from the campground into the park. It is about a 15 minute walk to the Roaring Camp Railroad. We will be back again this spring. We camped here in a Tent Trailer.
Just returned from our second and LAST visit to this park, at least while the current managers are here. Don't get me wrong, the park is beautiful and picturesque. Having Henry Cowell State Park right outside the back gate is wonderful. But it doesn't make up for the completely rude and inhospitable long-term managers. If you're older than 65 or are bringing kids younger than that, don't bother. I've never seen so many "no" signs in my life. 14 in the pool area alone! The only one that was missing was, "No fun allowed." These folks need to move on. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
[ 8 / 10 ]
Nice park right in the middle of a huge redwood grove. The staff was friendly. Sites that back up to the stream are the nicest. 10-15 minutes to the ocean. Just a minute or two to the Big Pines Railroad. The drive over highway 17 is an E-ticket so plan for non-commute time to travel. We camped here in a Motorhome.
This is an old park in the middle of Redwood trees.The sites are very tight for any 5th wheel over 33 feet. The 30 amp electricity was very poor. We even had to turn our water heater from electric to gas to run our microwave! The park itself is beautiful. It is right next to a large state park. No laundry. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
[ 7 / 10 ]
Stayed here in November, not too many guest at that time. Had no real contact with the
owners other than at check-in. Beautiful redwood location, huge trees, our site had a deck overlooking a small creek. Small playground, seasonal pool. Very close to state park and narrow gauge railroad. Nice place to stay if you're in the area. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
[ 8 / 10 ]
This is one of my family's favorites.15 minutes from Santa Cruz in the red woods. This is a very pretty park. Several of the sites have individual touches and you are truly camping in the middle of the redwoods. The only negative was the single push button showers and no soap in the restrooms. They have a rec hall, ping pong, movies. All sites have wash tub fire rings. 3 trail heads venture out into the redwood one going down to a river beach. You can hear the train that goes from Roaring Camp down to the boardwalk. We camped here in a Motorhome.
We stayed two nights but didn't spend much time in the park, instead, driving the very short drive into Santa Cruz both days. We can say that the sites were clean, with beautiful surroundings, lots of shade, and spread far enough apart that we felt comfortable with our neighbors. Even though the California State Parks rate of $35 per night is way out of line with other states, especially considering amenities, we'd definitely stay here again because of its beautiful setting, quietness and closeness to Santa Cruz. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
This is a great campground, located only 5 miles from downtown Santa Cruz.. It is very pet friendly. Spaces for RVs & trailers can be tight (there are wood posts). Many spaces have room for extra tents, etc. Showers were 25 cents for 2 mins. We will be back again. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
We really enjoyed our stray at Henry Cowell. The campgrounds are just above the redwood tree line. You are situated in oak, and pine. It is a short hike to the redwood groves. We did a 2 mile round trip that took you into an amazing redwood forest and to a beautiful stream. You can also drive 5 minutes to the visitor center and the old growth redwood grove. Roaring Camp Big Trees Railroad is a must. It takes you on a narrow gauge into the redwoods! If you are staying at the campground you can park for free at the visitor center and walk 100' to the railroad. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
Well run and exceptionally clean park. Towering redwoods with great access to Henry Cowell SP, Santa Cruz etc. Despite clear warnings about poor WiFi we found the WiFi to be exceptional perhaps because our site (45) was directly below an antenna. Great cable TV with lots of unadvertised digital channels. Excellent clubhouse with deck overlooking the river. Lots of kid and adult activities. A pool would be an excellent addition though. We will most definitely return. We camped here in a Motorhome.
We stayed at this campground one night and wish this could have been an extended stay. It is a beautiful campground with a lot of the redwoods in every site. The grounds are well maintained and the showers and bathrooms were extremely nice and clean. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
Lovely setting set in the forested hills above Santa Cruz. Spaces are tight, but there are trees in each site that provide excellent shade and a bit of room between your neighbors. We had enough room for our slide out and canopy to operate. Family friendly with a club house with pool table, ping pong and a TV. Right next to a state park with plenty of hiking and mountain biking trails. Staff was friendly. Wi-Fi has been good so far. Restrooms are clean and well maintained. This is as good as it gets for private camping in the state of California, which is generally not very good. Would stay here again. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
We stayed over the Thanksgiving weekend. I found this park difficult to get into and positioned, very close to neighbors and also the Wi-Fi was very spotty. The manager said it was because of the redwoods but I believe they need another tower. Beautiful area but I would not recommend this park. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
This RV park is located in the beautiful redwood forest just outside of Felton. It is also very close to the Santa Cruz beach boardwalk. When we arrived, the managers notified us they had moved us to a new spot, and that it would be easier to park the trailer. I was glad they did because when I saw the original spot I had no idea how I would've parked there. The spots in this park are very tight and although we could get our slide out, we had no room in the front to put our chairs. Also, in the recreation room, the pool table, and ping pong table are very worn out. There is also a card table and a foosball table. They have a nice view of the San Lorenzo river from the deck of the clubhouse. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
We liked this place! You can tell that there has been a recent ownership change as things are freshly painted and new. New electric boxes throughout, newer picnic tables and the place was spotless. Cleanest bathrooms we have seen. Not to mention that you are in the redwoods so the scenery around the campground is stunning. Places for tents as well as RV's, even the big boys can fit. Very near Felton with small restaurants and stores plus a very short drive to Santa Cruz and beach cities. We would certainly come back here again. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
This is our second visit to this park this year. We originally stayed here in May and had a perfect time. See my review in May 2011 for details you should know. Nothing has changed. Still one of my all time favorite places to camp. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
This park is in a beautiful setting in the redwoods and the weather in the middle of July was wonderful. It is NOT in the city of Santa Cruz, rather in the town of Felton, about 7 miles from Santa Cruz on a very beautiful RV UNfriendly road. If you come here take the route that the park suggests. We did and were so glad! The Wi-Fi was great: one of the best we have had in our 2+ years of full timing. The spaces are so tight that we let the manager park the rig for us. The entire staff is very friendly and helpful. We were here in the middle of the summer so there were kids everywhere of course, being kids. The down side of this park is that they allow folks to come in and park at all hours of the night. We were here for 7 nights, and 4 of the 7 nights we were awakened by someone trying to park their rig between midnight and 2 am either next to us or close to us. Pets are welcome and the rule is they must be kept on a 6ft leash. Our 90 pound pooch is always on leash but others don't feel the rules apply to them and either let their dog run around off leash or have them on a leash so long they can get to the other side of the road from their campsite. I was nearly taken out by a dog on a long rope! The managers and staff see this but don't bother to enforce the rules. Overall, it's a nice little campground but we probably won't stay here again during the summer. We may consider giving it another try when the kids are back in school. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
Beautiful setting under the redwoods by the San Lorenzo river alongside. Nice clubhouse with BBQs, game room, sitting areas etc., outside gathering spots, nice laundry room, little store, very nice staff. The little town of Felton and Henry Cowell State Park are nearby. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Fabulous park. Right in the middle of the redwoods and next to a river. Friendly staff, good Wi-Fi. The turn into the park is a bit sharp when coming from one direction. Looking forward to staying here again. We camped here in a Motorhome.
This is a beautiful RV Park. It's like being in a National Park because of the tall Redwood trees and the river. Amenities are nice, staff is friendly and helpful. For taller rigs, be careful driving on roads to and from this park as they aren't being cut back and may scrape your rig. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
Very friendly and accommodating staff. Surprised and delighted that they would supply a fire pit and wood for a minimal cost. Breakfast for $4 a person on Saturday that included pancakes (all you could eat), sausage, eggs, juice and coffee. Wow! A very quiet and welcoming place. I'd stay again. Close to Santa Cruz, Roaring Camp Railroad, Henry Cowell State Park. Great for everyone. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
This place is gorgeous.. huge redwood trees throughout the camp. Feels like you are in the middle of the forest, but you are only about 6 miles outside of Santa Cruz. When we stayed during the week, it was very quiet and you could hear the river down below. We stayed for part of Memorial Weekend, and it was packed and bustling.. but things quieted down during "quiet time", so no complaints here. It's a family place, not a party place. Warm and friendly management and neighbors. Seasonally, the clubhouse onsite offers inexpensive breakfast on Saturday mornings. Verify w/ management or check their website for the best way to drive in. Some of the roads in are extremely narrow, twisty, and difficult to navigate. Also would suggest arriving before sundown because it is difficult to back into the sites (due to all the wonderful trees throughout) and also to level your rig (after all you are on the forest floor w/ all the tree needles and stuff). So, if you can navigate the roads in, navigate tricky parking and leveling your rig, this place is beautiful and well worth the trouble. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
This was a great campground. The space was a little tight but it was a beautiful site under the redwood trees. They also had a very nice rec room with all kinds of things to do. Rest rooms and laundry rooms were also very clean and nice. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Very nice park. Lots of improvements have been done & it shows! Most sites are level, most have gravel. Very nice staff. They were happy to have us here. Clubhouse is very nice. Good power and free Wi-Fi. We will be back! We camped here in a Motorhome.
This is the second time we have stayed here. We love this park. So quiet and peaceful surrounded by the Redwoods. This trip we were with a group and had the use of the group room. It was very nice, clean and had a pool table, ping pong table, big screen TV and plenty of tables for eating, as well as a full kitchen. The staff is friendly and very helpful. We can't wait until we can come back! We camped here in a Motorhome.
This park was great. The staff were awesome and the park was beautiful. The facilities were very well cared for and the grounds were picture perfect. We brought our scooters (50cc) and took them downtown and out to the boardwalk which worked out great! Would definitely stay again if in the area. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Great location, just 1 mile from Felton, very close to roaring camp railroad. Camp manager very friendly and helpful, looks like they are putting a lot of work into maintaining this place. Very quiet, from the lack of noise, could hardly tell any other campers were there! The club house has a very nice games room, the kids enjoyed playing ping pong and pool. I would definitely go there again. We camped here in a Motorhome.
An absolutely beautiful setting in a grove of redwoods. Friendly, helpful staff. Near the Roaring Camp Railroad venue which transports folks to the beach in the summer. 20 minutes to the Santa Cruz Cowell State Beach and Boardwalk. Our pull through site was a little tight maneuvering getting in but once settled worked well. Bathrooms and showers were clean and tidy but quite cold in the mornings. We would stay there again. We camped here in a Motorhome.
This is a small, beautiful RV park located in a heavily wooded area in the Santa Cruz mountains. The on-site manager is wonderful! The park use to be for private members only, but is now open to the public. The park is very clean and quiet and very close to the city of Felton and the Boardwalk in Santa Cruz. It is located right next to a beautiful river. The restrooms are very nice and secure. You have to have a pass code to get in. The cable and Wi-Fi worked great. I highly recommend this park. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Our "rate" reflects the "Honeymoon Site", river front and it was gorgeous! Their regular sites run $45-50. They are lovely too! This RV Park has undergone new ownership and many updates. They have a nice group room for groups of 10 or more. It is quiet and so beautiful with the majestic Redwoods all around. We can't wait to return! We camped here in a Motorhome.
Nice park under redwood trees - I hate to write anything "not nice" but I must say that the Yelp reviews of the management of this park are correct - it could be that this park has a troubled past and that new owners or management is trying to keep out a bad element - rules upon more rules and email response requiring agreement to rules when making reservations online is 1) troubling and 2) difficult when traveling - although the park is quaint and nice we'd seek out a more welcoming and customer service oriented park when visiting the area again. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Host are very friendly! Park has excellent facilities, nice clean gas barbeque grills, a river close by, and a beautiful setting under the redwoods. Also has a community house with fussball, pool and TV. A very well maintained park. Stayed a second night despite other plans. We camped here in a Motorhome.
We made late plans to come to the Felton area for our 10th wedding anniversary. We tried to get into Catillion Gardens and another RV park on the same road with River Grove RV park. The other two parks were full and could not take us. We were however able to get into River Grove RV park. Frankly, on a holiday weekend, we were thrilled with our fortune. Though this park needs some more repairs, especially to the cable TV infrastructure, we really enjoyed our stay here. We checked out the other two parks and all three have the ability to make you feel like you are stacked like cord-wood. A large majority of the sites (in all three campgrounds) are one right on top of the other. The tree coverage was best in River Grove RV park. All have paved roads but dirt sites. We would definitely come back here again. Happy camping! We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
This is an older campground and is showing its age. There are older units on site that looks like people are living in year round. When we arrived the sites were full of fallen branches/twigs and leaves. A very nice family that appeared to be living in the park started picking up those twigs and raking each site. They did a fantastic job and the park looked much improved from the appearance. The huge trees kept the sun away and your'e always in shade, making it much cooler and enjoyable. The cable TV worked great and the free wifi was strong from our location in the park. The manager was friendly and helpful and was on site the whole time we were there. The park was quiet and other than hearing the horn whistle a couple of times a day from the Roaring Camp steam train, this was well worth the money we spent. The Coast 2 Coast rate was $10 plus the $3.00 per day for TV. We could not get any stations on our antenna so the cost for their cable was worth it. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
This is an older park badly in need of attention, with many permanent campers with old, poorly maintained camping units (tarps, etc.) The shower rooms were in need of maintenance and a good cleaning, but had good hot water and paper supplies. The sites need improvement and some cleaning as well, but we were provided the use of an adjoining site for our toad as the park was not near full. We initially had some sediment in our water, but once it was run for a while it was good. That being said, the setting is terrific, right in the middle of redwoods and next to the creek down a steep embankment with steps to the water. The Roaring Camp Railroad is nearby with accompanying train whistles and was a very entertaining ride to Bear Mountain. A short distance to Santa Cruz and the boardwalk, etc. The owner was very helpful in providing local information about activities, and the cable was good. We would stay again when in the area. We camped here in a Motorhome.
River Grove, Felton, CA -- In my opinion, this campground earns a gracious 4 out of 10 points. In short, this is a tired "trailer trash" park managed and owned by lazy people. I'm disappointed that Coast to Coast continues to retain such parks in its network. Here are my observations: POSITIVES: Nice clubhouse. Excellent setting nestled in tall redwoods. Good cable TV, for $3/day. WI-FI, but intermittent. On-site laundry. NEGATIVES: Numerous old trailers (60's, 70's, converted bread truck) covered with tarps to keep out rain. Tree debris covering decks and walkways (what, no brooms?). Bathrooms dirty and no heat. Sites are muddy (no gravel) and not very level. Electrical hookups are unsafe. Abrasive staff. Normal non-member price is $45/night. That would be a total rip! We would not stay here again. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
Super management/owner! He was very helpful with info on things to do and see in the area as well as info on restaurants and grocery stores. He offered us his phone number to call with questions while we were in the area. The sites were small but level and quite acceptable. The grounds are awesome! Unfortunately the bathrooms/showers were pretty dirty the night that we were there. I would use this park again however, and bring my own bottle of bleach spray for the bathroom. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Great campsites among the redwoods, and close to lots of activities. The only problems we had were that the picnic table at our site was falling apart, and the bathrooms were not kept clean. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
Stayed here on Coast to Coast (non member rate $45). Awesome place completely in the redwoods. Many sites are very tight for a 5th wheel and be careful navigating within the park. Do not take a 5th wheel (probably not a decent sized class A) south on highway 9! Very narrow and super curvy, but a beautiful drive in a car or truck. The place could use some maintenance and upgrading but it is a beautiful place to stay. We loved it. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
I was very surprised to find such a wonderful campground right on the San Lorenzo River. You could walk to Henry Cowell State Park and catch the train to either the Boardwalk in Santa Cruz or go the other direction and view the Beautiful Redwoods from this train ride. A must do We camped here in a Motorhome.
We love this park! The redwoods are plentiful and gorgeous. Its location close to many activities of the south coast make this a "plus". There are many permanent sites however they don't infringe on short-term campers. The staff is extremely helpful and friendly. Only negative I can even think of is that a Wi-Fi repeater is necessary on the sites far from the office Wi-Fi location (i.e., site 133). We will continue to use this campground on a regular basis. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Great campground in the heart of the Redwoods. Nice big sites, needed a little leveling. Quiet area and beautiful park but a few miles drive to groceries, etc. Park hosts very friendly. Water, elec, cable good. Wi-Fi has hotspots so depending where your site is, works ok but intermittent. Would definitely stay again. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
We stayed at this park last Labor Day weekend. We returned because we were meeting two other couples. We did not like our site last year since it was extremely unlevel. We filled out a provided form when we left last year, and were told we would get one of two other sites. We were given the same site as last year. We were escorted to our site by a staff member in a golf cart. After showing us out site, he said, “boy it’s going to be tough to level.” Then he drove off. It took me five boards to level the trailer. I went to use the lower bathroom and the urinal was out of order and the floor was flooded The Wi-Fi was poor and intermittent. For $53.00 a night a level site, working Wi-Fi and a clean working bathroom should not be to be too much too ask. On the plus side, the coffee bar, wiffle ball tournament, and free BBQ were great. The best thing about the park is that it is close to numerous attractions. If the park wants to charge premium money, they should put the effort into making all the sites level and continue to improve their facilities. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
We stayed in this park for eight days during Christmas week. The weather caused the cable and Wi-Fi to be iffy. Had we not called or gone to the office to report the problem nothing would have been done. Even though we were the only short time RVers there, the management did not seem interested in our comfort or care to follow-up on the cable and Wi-Fi problems. We did not use the showers because they were old and looked less than appealing. This park is one of the very first RV parks on the West Coast, is family owned and in the redwoods. However, it needs some repair and upkeep. We won't use it again. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
Our site was a long gravel site, approximately 65 feet long. I needed 2 one inch boards and 3 half inch boards to level the low side of the trailer side to side. I was unable to hook up to Wi-Fi in my site. The site had a good mix of sun and shade. I especially liked the fire pits that were made from washing machine drums. Staff was very friendly and helpful in locating local attractions. Swimming pool and bathrooms were clean and well maintained. The laundry had three washers and three dryers but was only open from 1000 to 2100 hours. There are no discounts on weekends and holidays. The park has a great location to Santa Cruz, Roaring Camp Railroad, Mystery Spot, and Henry Cowell State Park. There are improvements to the park since last year but for the price charged, I expect the sites to be level and WI-Fi to work throughout the park. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
The sites are are well kept and a good size surrounded by large redwood trees. The campground’s excellent location, minutes from Santa Cruz, make up for it’s outdated amenities. It’s a nice and quiet park, great for a woodsy feeling home base for visiting the area. There are only 4 shower stalls for the entire campground, 2 for the men and 2 for the women. They were acceptably clean except for a lot of sand at times from people coming back from the beach. As for the amenities, the pool was clean, the game room as advertised on the website doesn’t exist, there are 2 pool tables for .50 per game but are badly in need of recovering, and the ping pong table had no net and was a weathered piece of plywood. The convenience store is basically non-existent and was limited to items contained in a small hutch but the town was close by. WI-FI worked at our site. Overall the park is nice and its location is great. We have no problem with staying here again in the future. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
This is our 2nd stay at the park. We love this park. Quiet and friendly. Each site has a fire pit. About 10 minutes to Santa Cruz. Large redwoods. We will be back again!!! We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
This is a very neat and clean park, well maintained. Staff is friendly and helpful, took us to our site and helped guide our unit into the site. Restrooms and showers are clean with necessary supplies. Next to Henry Cowell SP, Smithwoods is full of majestic redwood trees and no poison oak, unlike the State Campgrounds. We stayed during the weekdays: camp was quiet and peaceful and we will be back again later this year. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
We have been coming here for years, and we always enjoy our time here. This was the first time for Thanksgiving. The staff is always very friendly and accommodating. They served a wonderful breakfast to all us campers and had Santa Claus there to great the kids. The new owners have really cleaned up the campground and made it more inviting and family friendly. Will be back this summer. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
New owners have the worst service. Been going there for 15 years and now we are banned. Check in rude, even though we had group site told us who can park at which hook up. We've been here for 15 years, we have a system. Reserved 7 sites, said we can only park 4. Well then why did they take our $. Got mad at us when we had someone deliver wood, then mad again when later we went and bought our own. Hated our dogs, then why allow dogs? Said we were too loud during the day. Can't add wood to the fire after 10pm. We spent $1500 here and were treated like dogs. Went to reserve for 17th year and they said we are not welcome. Last year they were rude too, but not this bad. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
This was a very nice park: lots of shade, clean bathrooms, heated pool, laundry and full hookups. The staff was extremely helpful: escorted us to our site and helped guide me in. I didn't care for the location of the site they first reserved for me; they had no problem changing it for me. You should definitely follow the driving directions on their website if you have a bigger rig. I didn't give this site a ten because I like campgrounds a little further away from civilization and the sites were too close together for me. But it is a very well kept CG and very friendly staff. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
Some sites are VERY tight. We had to request a change because we could pull through, but once someone would be behind us, we would be stuck and unable to exit. It irritates me when campgrounds charge extra - we have 3 children and had to pay more. Also, they advertise WiFi - but it is VERY sketchy from most sites and I had to literally go sit by the hub at times. The management was very nice though and the kids loved the accommodations. We would come back here, but will choose our site wisely. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
The camp ground appeared to be about 1/2 full at the time. We had a pull through site with full hookups. It was quiet. Pool was great, nice and warm as it is heated. I think it might be a little tricky to get out of the pull-through had the park been full. About 10 minutes drive from Santa Cruz. We really enjoyed our stay here. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
We have stayed at this park before and found the park pleasant to stay at. The sites are dirt and require some leveling, with a small concrete slab for each site. The bathrooms are clean, but the shower is not located very close to a majority of the sites. Park is among large redwood trees and most sites are shaded. WiFi does not work very well and is spotty at best. The staff are pleasant and helpful. We will stay at this park in the future. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
Unfriendly staff. Claims to have WI-FI, but after asking they tell you it "does not reach everywhere" and it was raining so "everyone is having trouble anyway". The latter should not prevent WI-FI from working. In addition, asked about the pool, and the reply was quite rude "it's closed for the season". We camped here in a Truck Camper.
I just arrived at Smithwoods this afternoon, Christmas Day 2008. What a terrific RV park. I had been concerned because of the other reviews that internet access would be spotty, so I asked for an RV space that had good access. And lo and behold my access is faster here than I have at home. It's a beautiful park with terrific redwoods. I'm looking forward to my 4 night stay. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
[ 8 / 10 ]
The good news is that you camp in very scenic locations right underneath the redwoods. And that's also the bad news. The roof of your RV is guaranteed to collect a healthy amount of leaves, needles, and twigs that will end up in all the nooks and crannies. None of the campsites are paved, and it's a challenge to keep the dirt from completely invading the inside of your RV as well. On the bright side, the staff is very friendly and helpful, and they will guide you to and help you park in your campsite. The bathrooms were clean but a bit cramped. Wi-Fi was inaccessible for the majority of our stay. The guest policy seems a bit overly restrictive (guests must pay and can only stay until 9pm). Overall, this is a very nice park in a great location with plenty of amenities nearby. We will definitely stay here again. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
Nice, older park nestled in the redwoods. Restrooms and showers were clean, but you must pass through the first shower room to get to the second shower (women's). Not much consideration for privacy in the planning of that area! Couldn't get WiFi. All in all, we did enjoy this park, as it's natural ambiance is wonderful. We camped here in a Motorhome.
This is a nice park. Quiet, pretty and in a great location. You are within walking distance to the trails in Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park, and a short scenic drive from Santa Cruz. The town of Felton is cute and has a few nice shops and a fabulous New Leaf Grocery Market. Don't be fooled by the idea of a river view site. You are up a steep embankment with a kind of ugly fence separating you from any real view of the river, but there are gorgeous, huge redwoods through the park, and it is scenic for that reason, if not for the river view. Be careful pulling out if this park's entrance. The curve in the road can be a bit tricky. Their Wi-Fi did not seem to work at all for us while we were here, and our Verizon air card did not really pick up any signal either. I would stay at this park again for it's great location. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
Very nice park with a terrific staff. WiFi is spotty but it is also free. Location is great. Agree with earlier post-do not drive Hwy 9 between the park and Santa Cruz. Tends to be misty in the a.m. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Park was very nice and staff was very friendly. They provided free TV cable connections. Didn't try wifi since we were only there one night. Quite a few activities available for the kids in the area if you stayed for a few days. Steep incline in and out of facility but otherwise no issues. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Loved this park. Right in the middle of the redwoods and next to a wonderful park. The sites are easy to access and most have privacy fences made of redwood. Gentleman met us and led us to our site. We asked about a truck wash before leaving for the day to go biking, and when we returned he had the name and address of a truck wash waiting for us. He was a very nice and hospitable manager. This park is about 10 minutes from Santa Cruz and about 25 minutes to San Jose. It was the perfect location for us. (PS: We ate at a recommended spot on the fisherman's wharf called Reva's. Very good food and lively atmosphere. ) We camped here in a Motorhome.
They were extremely nice. The great grandson "Smith" offered to park our trailer & we accepted. Out site was nice & shady as we requested overlooking the San Lorenzo river. There are some that get full sun & are close. Be exact as to what you want. There are several miles of hiking trails that are a quick access from the RV park. The area is just beautiful & they keep it clean. They just started taking credit cards. Many people were booking for next year. We are returning in September 2009 for another great stay. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
This is a wonderful RV Park situated among the giant redwoods, truly a beautiful place. Park and facilities are well maintained, and the staff/owners could not be more helpful. We were here in early June and had the place almost to ourselves; July and August are the busy months. This park is a combination of fulltime mobile homes on one side of the park, and leased RV spaces and rental spaces on the other side of the park. Free Wi-Fi worked well at our space most of the time. Great park for rest and relaxation. Very pet friendly if you are responsible owners. For 5vers, entry driveway is steep; truck bedrail clearance could be an issue for some. We look forward to staying here again. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
We stayed mid-week at this park and it was so quite. The staff is very helpful and they guide you to your site. The grounds are very well kept and the restrooms while older are clean. There are a lot of year around/seasonal residents at this park but the owners handle it in such a way that it's not a negative. Towards the weekend a large group of seniors came to celebrate an anniversary. We had a great time and would stay here again. We camped here in a Tent Trailer.
The staff that run this park are great. After checking they take you to your site and help back you in if you want. They couldn't be more friendly. Yes there are permanents and long term people, but their sites are very clean and everyone is extremely friendly. The grounds are kept very clean and the site's albeit are not completely level but it doesn't take much to get level. The bathroom's are older but spotless as are the shower's. They welcome pet's but don't have a specific place for the, all they ask is that where ever you take them to please clean up after them and I have to say I didn't see anything that had been left on the ground. Nice pool, didn't use it and a nice little rec room, also didn't use it. Henry Coe park is within a very short walking distance and there are numerous trails to walk. Use the web site direction's, Hwy 9 is very curvy. We saw rig's of every size there. Overall this is a wonderful park, you feel safe and relaxed. We look forward to staying there again. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
I previously reviewed this park a couple of years ago. Still love it, but just wanted to add one thing: they now have Wi-Fi, which worked great the whole time we were there. We camped here in a Motorhome.
We liked everything about this RV park. It's been in the same family since 1920. Very friendly and helpful. Beautiful Redwood trees throughout the park and area. We would rate it higher if it had WiFi and 50 amp. service. We'll go back. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Great park, in a beautiful setting. Would have given a 10, but they don't take credit cards, and some of the sites are small. Lots of permanent residents, which cuts down on the road traffic. Great for allowing your kids to ride bikes on the street. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
This was a great find for us. When another campground ruined our reservation, we were able to find this campsite at the last minute. They were very accommodating. The site is literally situated among a towering redwood forest. The sites were level, gravel, and very spacious. The sites were also secluded. It was a busy weekend for them, they were nearly filled to capacity, but it didn’t appear that way. The park was nice and quiet. Their pool is large, and they also have lots for kids to do (pool tables, rec-room, basketball/volleyball, etc). If they had a hot tub and accepted credit/debit cards I would give them a perfect 10. Their location is perfect for a base to drive into San Francisco, Santa Cruz, and Monterey. We will definitely return. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
Pretty place. Right in the redwoods and adjacent to Henry Cowell State Park. Paved roads and gravel sites, some with concrete pads. Park is clean. Rates in the Montery Bay area are very high. Our site was to small to park our tow vehicle in as were the sites of others near us. Many empty sites that would have been more appropriate assignments. Bathrooms old and dingy. The only showers are somewhat away from the camping area, up the hill, by the pool. Management was pleasant and new owners are said to be planning improvements. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
Nice, quiet campground on the San Lorenzo River. Plenty of shady sites. We went with a group and stayed in "The Point". This was a level wide open area for different sized trailers. Unlike another submission, we had Cingular service. Friendly staff, close to town and services. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
Very pretty campground -- lots of redwood trees, right by a river. Shady spots are available -- some are shadier than others. Gravel surface in each spot, which is a plus when it rains. Quiet, well-maintained, well-managed. The staff are friendly and competent. About half of the park is occupied by full-timers in well-maintained trailers -- they are very friendly to campers. Access roads were fairly wide and easy to navigate. The entrance to the park off of Highway 9 is a little steep -- take it slow and put it into lowest gear. If possible, request a spot near the river -- those are the quietest sites. The highway is not too heavily travelled, but once in a while a pack of motorcycles will rumble past. We stayed at this park for four nights -- each day we drove our SUV to a different state park for hiking and mountain biking, coming back each evening to the trailer. Be sure to bring a sweater to the Santa Cruz area -- evenings are often chilly, even in the summer. The park provides fire pits [like large perforated wash tubs] for each site -- it is very pleasant to sit outside in the evenings under the redwoods by a fire. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
This park is in a good location and is nestled in redwood trees. However, the sites are small and it is a little crowded. The people were friendly. I camped here with two adults and two Boston Terriers in a Class A Holiday Rambler 32'. I would come back, but not until I try some of the other campgrounds in the area to try and get a larger, more private site. We camped here in a Motorhome.
We love this RV park, and since it is only an hour from our home in the Bay Area, we go there often. It is very quiet during the off season (October-April). The owners are very friendly and helpful, and the setting is beautiful (in the redwoods). There are permanent residents, but their sites are very well kept. I want to point out two things, however: they only have 30 amp electricity (not 50) and, as stated in the previous review, they do not take credit cards. This is what keeps me from giving it a "10" rating. It should also be noted (and this is not the fault of the park) that we could not get any Cingular Wireless service. However, there were people using their cell phones, so there were other wireless services in range. We camped here in a Motorhome.
$30 per night with AAA (or Good Sam) discount. Very nice park with lots of big redwoods.Very friendly staff. Let us stay for late checkout on Sunday without any fuss. They have a Mobile Home area and there are quite a few permanent trailers there, but they are pretty well kept. Nice and close to beach and lots of other activities in the area. We camped here in a Motorhome.
[ 8 / 10 ]
Excellent redwood shaded park in a beautiful setting on a stream. Another park right next door, Cotillion Gardens is also very nice but I liked the National Park type layout of Smithwoods. A place where you can relax under huge redwoods and forget about your daily work routine. A destination type park (you would specifically go to camp at this park for more than one or two nights, not an overnighter). Would definitely go back. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.