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Santa Cruz Redwoods
« on: July 17, 2014, 07:37:52 pm »
We're now in the Santa Cruz Redwoods for a two week get-away.  It's only about 50 miles from our home on the Monterey Bay coast, but it feels like a different world.  We love walking with Sparky through the big trees.
--Sharon and Bruce
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Re: Santa Cruz Redwoods
« Reply #1 on: July 22, 2014, 10:18:19 pm »

This park is a major attraction for us here in the Santa Cruz mountains.  It is one of the lesser-known in California, so we thought you might like to read our view of it.  

The park’s spectacular scenery draws travelers from all around the world.  The history here includes the native people who lived in the area before Spanish rule, early entreprenueurs starting in the 1800s., and the later development of tourism.  Many dignitaries including General John C. Freemont and Presidents Theodore Roosevelt and Benjamin Harrison visited here.

Among the large amount of plant life in the park are the tallest old-growth coast redwoods (up to 280 feet tall) growing along the short Redwood Grove Loop Trail.  A photo below is a slice of one of these trees with life rings that show it started growing over 2,000 years ago.

Visitors can enjoy hiking, horseback riding, picnicking, swimming, fishing and wildlife viewing on more than 4,650 acres of forested and open land in the state park.  There is a small no-hookup campground here.  The Roaring Camp railroad next door runs a Redwood Forest Steam Train up Bear Mountain and a Santa Cruz Beach Train to the famous Boardwalk (only seven miles away).  

We’re camped in one of three small private full-hookup RV resorts located just outside of the park near Felton, CA.  We’re among second-growth redwood trees that grew up after the original old-growth trees were clear-cut by loggers about 150 years ago.  Fortunately, the coastal redwoods refuse to die even when cut completely down.  A “daisy-ring” of genetically identical clones sprout from the roots that were left in the ground.  A photo below shows our Phoenix Cruiser parked next to one of these rings that contain seven “young” trees.

We hope you will have a chance to visit the area sometime, too.
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Re: Santa Cruz Redwoods
« Reply #2 on: July 24, 2014, 08:33:30 am »
Wow, that's awesome! And although the pictures are great, I'm betting it's a lot more beautiful in person. Only about 2 hrs from us....so it's now on our must-do list!  You mentioned there are three RV parks nearby.  Any recommendations regarding those?

   - Mike



Re: Santa Cruz Redwoods
« Reply #3 on: July 24, 2014, 09:45:14 pm »
Here are three private RV parks located near the Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park:
Santa Cruz Redwoods RV Resort
Smithwoods RV Park
Cotillion Gardens RV Park

We are in the first one on the list and are happy here.  It's the closest to the State Park entrance and to the town of Felton, but the others are close also.  All three of the parks generally get high marks in the RV Park Reviews that we've read.  Most of the sites in each are small and close together, but we've not found that to be a problem.  Our park has no swimming pool, but that is fine with us.

The only things that we would change are really unimportant and apply to all three of the parks:
Our satellite TV is blocked in almost all sites due to the tall redwoods (but we come here to be among the trees!), and
Wifi is sometimes iffy because the park is full of people with devices that overwhelm the system (but we can connect to the Internet if really necessary with our Verizon phone plan).

Please let us know if you have any specific questions about this area.

--Bruce and Sharon