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Old 09-26-2012, 04:25 PM   #11
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Been to Smithwoods once. It is exactly as you've describe it. I've been to Henry Cowell many times. It's one of the most pristine campgrounds you could go to. Just a few miles from Santa Cruz, but out in the lush redwoods. Last time I was there, there was a ban on alcohol, which was good, because the locals used to go out there and party, and also some of the campers would get a bit rambunctious. If you keep your beverages in your TT there isn't a problem. They enforce a strict "quiet time" which was missing at NH.
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Old 10-07-2012, 10:08 PM   #12
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Teresa, wanted to let you know that I've changed my mind about Henry Cowell. I read the recent reviews (I haven't been there in 8 years) and they were horrible. I think you may have read the same ones. I've got reservations near Pescadero, at San Mateo County Park Memorial Campground later this month. Looks just as nice with much better reviews. Here's a link: San Mateo County Department of Parks Online Reservations 30 miles north of Santa Cruz. I'll give you a report.
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Old 10-07-2012, 10:26 PM   #13
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Teresa, wanted to let you know that I've changed my mind about Henry Cowell. I read the recent reviews (I haven't been there in 8 years) and they were horrible. I think you may have read the same ones. I've got reservations near Pescadero, at San Mateo County Park Memorial Campground later this month. Looks just as nice with much better reviews. Here's a link: San Mateo County Department of Parks Online Reservations 30 miles north of Santa Cruz. I'll give you a report.
That campground looks nice.
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Old 10-07-2012, 11:55 PM   #14
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Oh, so HC has gone downhill huh? That's too bad. We've never been there. What didn't you like?

Yes, please do give a report of SM.
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Old 10-08-2012, 12:28 AM   #15
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You can read these reviews, and if they don't scare you away, you're a braver camper than I am! Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park - Felton, CA
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Old 10-08-2012, 12:44 AM   #16
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You can read these reviews, and if they don't scare you away, you're a braver camper than I am! Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park - Felton, CA

I sorted it by date and the reviews didn't seem alarming. Of course I only read one page of the reviews. Now if I were younger and wanted to have a bit of night life I might feel differently.

Will read the other pages tomorrow as I need to call it a night.
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Old 10-08-2012, 12:58 AM   #17
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Yes, it sounds like another place that is a little too "KOA". I like quiet, and to at least feel like I'm out in nature a bit.
If I had little kids, I'd probably feel different. I'm no alcoholic, but I enjoy a margarita, or glass of wine from time to time. :0)
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