Mount Madonna County Park

County Park

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Hwy 152
Gilroy, CA 95020
408-842-2341
408-842-6761
Reservations: 408-355-2201
Official Website

GPS: 37.0029, -121.7092

Last Price Paid: $40
Number of Sites: 117
Pad Type: dirt
Reservations: Yes
Elevation: 902 ft
Max Stay: 14
Max Length: 31 ft
Tent Camping: Yes

2 people have reviewed this location.

Ratings Summary

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Cell Phone Coverage

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Verizon 4G
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Darwindog96
Quincy, CA
4 reviews
Nightly rate: $40
Days stayed: 4
Site Number: 108

Darwindog96 would stay here again

“Cool in Summer”

Reviewed Aug 01, 2016

Overall Rating

This county park is located at the top of Mt. Madonna off 152 - between Watsonville and Gilory CA. If you live the in area you know that Gilroy gets HOT in the summer. This campground is just a few miles away and perfectly situated between the hot valley and the cool ocean. You are minutes from the surf or the lush inland area where you can get your fill of fresh vegetables and fruits nearly year round (there are strawberries pretty much all year!). We stayed in the RV section and there were people coming and going all weekend. On Friday/Saturday night it was completely full and there are a lot of tent sites so tons of people there. Bathrooms clean and showers are some of the best (same at Coyote Lake) in a campground I've ever used. Only make sure that you get your shower in before dusk as the showers aren't open 24 hrs. Also, if you want to burn some firewood, I recommend you bring your own as they sell it here but for $13 for a small box. Only real negative is very, very spotty cell service - but walk a bit toward either side of the park and you could get a signal if you needed one. Also, note that the prior reviewer mentioned the road work - it's still going on!!! And if the traffic gets super heavy (like on Gilroy Garlic Festival weekend) the lights don't trip right and you get stuck. Maybe one day they'll be done with the work!

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This review is the opinion of a Campendium member and not of Campendium.com


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Dave Burns

Airstream '27FB International
2014 Ford F250
27 reviews
Days stayed: 4
Site Number: 104

Dave Burns would stay here again

“Large park under canopy of Redwood trees. RV sites include partial hook-ups, lots of space for everyone. ”

Reviewed Sep 03, 2014

Overall Rating

This park is part of the Santa Clara county park system, it is not part of the California State Park system. As a result, the per night price is less and dogs are allowed (on leash) throughout all trails.

With lots of second growth redwood trees, the park is heavily shaded. The RV sites provide water and electric only and campers/RVs are welcome at any site, but many non-RV designated spots will be a challenge for bigger rigs (30 feet +). Public bathrooms and shows are available if needed.

Opting for a non-RV spot will result in a cheaper per night rate ($12), but solar usage will be limited due to the thick tree canopy at most sites.

Outside the campgrounds, the trail network is vast and covers mostly rolling trails which are well maintained. Navigating is a breeze thanks to quality (free) maps and easy to follow trail marker posts.

Accessing the park from the west (through Watsonville) is easy, but the final 4 miles are steep and twisty. Length restrictions of 45 feet exist. Accessing the park from the east (through Gilroy) is flatter and do not include any maximum length requirements, but expect delays due to road construction limiting traffic to one-way controls. Over the Labor Day weekend, the wait times were painfully long (~ 30 minutes).

Internet connectivity at our site was poor on both ATT and Verizon, but limited over the air TV reception was available.

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1bars
AT&T 4G
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Verizon 4G
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Verizon 3G

This review is the opinion of a Campendium member and not of Campendium.com


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Mt Madonna County Park

This past weekend, Kelly and I used the holiday weekend as an opportunity to put some miles on the Airstream and escape to Mt Madonna Count Park.  Located about two hours south of HMB and nestled in...

Hookups:
  • 30 Amp
  • 20 Amp
  • water
  • dry camping
  • Partial Hookups
Recreation:
  • picnic area
  • recreation trail
Site Amenities:
  • fire ring
  • picnic table
Facilities:
  • cabins
  • dump station
  • restrooms: flush
  • showers
  • trash
  • water available
Pets:
  • pet restrictions: max 2/site
  • pets

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