Date of Stay: October, 2010
We were pleasantly surprised by this little park near Santa Cruz. We camped during October, so it wasn't super busy. The sites have grass, which was a nice change from gravel at so many other parks. It's not a "resort", and is pretty low "frills" but we didn't need that. We needed safe, quiet, and relaxing. It's just a 15-20 minute drive to downtown Santa Cruz. We were able to park at a site that had a direct view of the playground, which was great because our 6 year old could run and play with the kids while we watched from the RV. The management is so friendly and very involved in the park. It's quiet even though it's right off a main road. The gate is locked at night (you get a key), which cuts down on drive throughs in the night. My favorite thing about this park is the water. The lake is beautiful and you have the option to rent boats or fish. The sunsets and sunrise were gorgeous! The price is so much more affordable than other area parks. We will definitely be staying here again and will spread the word to our friends!
Date of Stay: March, 2010
We needed to find a campground to stay at because our family was flying in to stay with us in Austin. This campground was wonderful! The staff was the most friendly I've encountered for a LONG time...they were so kind, welcoming, and sweet with our kids. We loved the pancake breakfast too! It's a very well kept park. It was a bit spend (more than their normal rate) because we were there in March (they don't accept discounts during that month because they are so busy). The Wi-Fi worked well for us most of the time, the laundry facilities were nice, and the trash pick up in the morning was an unexpected bonus. The pool was not open while we were there, but it looked very clean and nice. We would definitely consider staying here again.
Date of Stay: March, 2010
We love Hill Shade! The owners are so friendly and the atmosphere is one of "family". The park is active but still relaxing, and is away from busy traffic. There is a large green pasture on one side...we loved the picturesque sunsets and watching the cows graze. There is a river nearby with fishing available as well. They have both pull-thrus and back-in sites available. It's a great place to overnight or stay a month! We will definitely be back.
Date of Stay: October, 2009
We overnighted here on our way back through to Montana. It was extremely hard to get to the campground through construction in town. This same construction made it very difficult to turn a 40-footer in and out of the campground. We got settled and it was fine for one night. Not sure if I would want to venture out in daylight, but it was ok to sleep! It was pretty run down, with lots of permanent residents and construction workers. Owner seems friendly. Cable TV was fuzzy. Picked up a pretty strong Wi-Fi signal.