Santa Cruz Redwoods RV Resort Overview:
- Open year-round
- Full hookup sites
- Both back-in and pull-through sites available
- 30/50 amp service
- Cable TV
- Restrooms and showers
- Laundry room
- Redwood playground
- Basketball hoop, corn hole, and pingpong table
- Clubhouse and deck area
- Trash and recycling onsite
- Tent sites
- River swimming
Nestled in the majestic redwood groves of the Santa Cruz Mountains is the Santa Cruz Redwoods RV Resort, an RV and tent campground sitting on the San Lorenzo River. Located in Felton, California, the campground is just a fifteen-minute drive away from the city of Santa Cruz and a 20-minute drive from the beautiful beaches of the Pacific Coast.
Once you pull into the campground, you’ll be greeted by their quaint little red office that has an assortment of camping equipment and treats. Firepit rentals and firewood can be purchased here to be delivered to your site.
All RV sites are full hookups with electric, water, sewer, and cable. Shower houses are centrally located in the campground, along with a coin laundry room.
Several RV sites overlook the San Lorenzo River, where you can see the ancient redwood groves in the Henry Cowell State Park across the stream. The park can be accessed if you’re adventurous enough to roll your pants up and cross through the water, but the entryway can be driven to in just a mere couple of minutes.
The campground’s tent sites are located in a separate area from the RV section of the campground, with its own set of bathrooms and showers. Covered in soft woodchips with a group campfire ring, the tent area accommodates large camping groups. When we were there, the campground had just finished hosting someone’s wedding!
In addition to tent and RV sites, the campground also offers a handful of glamping sites. These canvas tent setups really take you back to the days in which people flocked to the Bay area for a glimpse of these famous redwood groves.
With the playground smack dab in the middle of a family of trees, your kids can feel like they are high up in the redwoods. The play area also has a basketball hoop along with a ping pong and corn hole set.
Another unique amenity of the campground is its clubhouse. Overlooking the San Lorenzo River, the rustic clubhouse* is a relaxing area of the campground where guests can sit and enjoy a glass of wine at the end of the day or play a card game with fellow campers. As mentioned earlier, the campground accommodates group camping, and the clubhouse is a great place to host an event for up to 75 people. It has a fully equipped kitchen, large decks with seating, and two gas-fired barbeques. Rendezvous in the redwoods, anyone?
San Lorenzo River
The San Lorenzo River flows between the campground and the neighboring Henry Cowell State Park, which is home to some of the most coveted ancient groves of redwoods in the Bay Area. Guests can hike down to the river following the cleared path through ivy-covered banks. While their website mentioned limited fishing, we did not see anyone fishing during our stay. However, we did see a cute little family with two little toddlers splashing around in the water as the river isn’t exactly roaring. I’m not sure whether that varies through the seasons.
Recycling and Trash
We carry our recycling around until we get to a campground that features recycling, so we were ecstatic when we saw that not only does the Santa Cruz Redwoods RV Resort have recycling, but they accept a variety of materials beyond the standard option of only aluminum cans. Trash and recycling are dispersed throughout the campground, and a larger trash container is located near the office area of the park.
To no one’s surprise, the campground’s most exciting and unique feature is its beautiful redwoods. Words cannot describe how they tower over the campsites, making you feel tucked in and away from it all. The activities in the area are endless, but some include whale watching, hiking, mountain biking, surfing, wildlife viewing, and more. It’s an incredible weekend getaway for those in Sacramento or San Fransisco or an excellent destination for those planning an epic Westcoast California road trip.
From Day to Night
Or, for those looking for a relaxing getaway, we can attest that you can spend the entire day outside at your campsite. When we were there in the spring, the weather was mild and comfortable, never exceeding 75 or falling below 55. Oh, Santa Cruz Redwoods RV Resort, how we miss you.