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Open Year-round
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Reservations possible?
Yes
RV Hookups
Yes
Potable water
Yes
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Overlooking the Monterey Bay, Mount Madonna County Park is a short drive from either Gilroy or Santa Cruz, California. Set on the edge of a second-growth Redwood forest, Tan Oak Campground is a great option for a quick outdoor get-a-way. The campsites are spacious and have picnic tables and camp grills, and lockable concrete food boxes are available in each campsite. Redwoods tower above the campsites, providing half or full shade. It's a good idea to not stake your tent under the Redwoods, as they can "tree rain" underneath the canopy when the fog rolls in.  

The park has multiple hiking trails and over 17 miles of horse trails as well as an amphitheater and an archery range. The trails are clear and well marked, but watch for poison oak. The park has plenty of restrooms that are well maintained. Though you are not allowed to harvest wood to burn, wood is available for purchase at the pay station. 

 

Logistics + Planning

Preferable season(s)

Spring
Summer
Fall

Parking Pass

General Day Use Fee

Pros

Short drive. Spacious campsites.

Cons

Unpredictable weather.

Pets allowed

Allowed

Managed by

Santa Clara County Parks

Reservation phone number

1 (408) 355-2201

Features

ADA accessible
Flushing toilets
Potable water
Picnic tables
Covered picnic areas
Amphitheater

Location

Field Guide

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