4 Parks near Watsonville, California
Aug 2011 - $30.00
This park is about half way between Watsonville and Gilroy on Hwy 152 (Heckler Pass Highway) It is about 15 minutes east of Watsonville in the mountains. This is also a county park and was a very beautiful place for RV, Tent and they have Yurts for rent too. Road is steep and would be difficult for a big rig, but a small RV 22' 30' would have no problem. Sites are back in, they have flush toilets and showers. Showers are brand new and spotlessly clean. You are in tall Redwood trees so minimal air card and TV available. Most all sites are in the trees. Each site has a table and fire pit. - Old Detective
Jun 2015 - $35.00
The only thing to recommend this place is the price. $35 is about as cheap as you are going to get anywhere in this area for full hookups. The sites are very close together in a line. No picnic tables at sites. There is a picnic area but it and the entire area around the lake is covered with goose droppings from the large number of Canadian Geese. It's a pretty lake to look at but there's no swimming allowed because of toxic blue algae. A sign says that the highest level ever recorded in California was here and it was 10,000 times the healthy amount! There is a large grassy area up front by the road with a ball field and a picnic shelter where you can walk your dog that is not covered with goose droppings and it was quiet at night which are pretty much the only positive things I can say about the place other than the price. The restrooms were dirty and there are no showers. Had to pay cash because the young man in the office didn't know how to change the paper in the credit card machine. They have wifi but it didn't work for me. Would probably stay again only because of the price if I had to be in this area. - Pdxjoanne
May 2015 - $35.00
We enjoyed the beauty of the park. It was so nice to look out of our windows and see the lake and geese. (Yes, the geese go poo on the grass, so we were diligent about wiping our feet prior to entering the rig.) The ball field was in use most evenings and Saturdays, which we liked. We even watched portions of the games while having munchies from the snack bar.
The campground staff was quite friendly and helpful. The spaces are tight, but we were able to open our slides. There was plenty of room for our 40' trailer and vehicle. I appreciated the locked fence as it prevented late night arrivals.
We will definitely be back when we are in the area.
We camped in a fifth wheel. - liltikessmarty
Mar 2015 - $30.00
Pinto Lake is decent. The whole area is expensive and this one is about average. The campground is small, no road noise, no trains. The sites are the narrowest I've ever seen, our awning hangs 1/2 way into the next site and the camp host keeps telling us to put it away. The laundry room is one washer & dryer in the owner's private residence, $5 per load, and good luck getting someone to open the locked gate so you can go to/from the laundry room - we're holding off on laundry until our next campground. They lock the gate to the park at 7pm, which seems really early. We're almost always out until later than that, so we have a key, but it's a pain to deal with the gate. Overall, decent place to stay short-term. I'd probably look elsewhere if we ever came back to this area. - LifeRidingShotgun
Jul 2015 - $80.00
This was a 2 night stop for us and this KOA is pretty awesome! The girls working the front counter are nothing short of awesome and the grounds are nice. Pool was very clean, and even saw a guy vacuming it at 6am on our second day there. Lots for the kids to do, and an all around great park. I will definitely stay here again! - mike3245
Jul 2015 - $97.00
Outstanding park for family oriented amenities, location, and environment. Our site was too far from the office to get any wifi reception and Verizon reception was spotty to non-existent. We enjoyed our stay here in spite of those limitations. Overpriced for what we needed, but not for the location. - Roger H.
Apr 2015 - $100.00
Have stayed in this park at least once a year for the last 5. They have made a number of upgrades and additions since last visit. Lots of new bungalows and Airstream trailers to rent. My only issue relates to the premium pull through spaces for big rigs. The asphalt pads are old and non level. The landscaping in that area needed attention with weeds a couple of feet tall. The Wi-Fi was weak at best and not available for large periods of time even though we were parked next to the antenna. Our satellite antenna was blocked by tall trees, (not complaining just pointing out the limitation.) and cell phone service was limited as well. The staff has remained as friendly and helpful as ever. This place is a paradise for children with all of the available services geared toward them. - ChuckD
Mar 2015 - $35.00
This is a very pastoral park, with a beautiful beach. The sunsets are spectacular. The sites have some space and foliage. You can have a campfire here. There are strawberry fields just adjacent to the campground. We rarely saw a park ranger, and the sites were not raked or cleaned between uses. We would return to this park. - Vic and Marsha
Mar 2013 - $35.00
We stayed in site #25, which the camp host called "The Crown Jewel" of the park It was big, clean, and a short trail to an ocean overlook, with a drop dead view. The beach was quite a hike downhill. There are no amenities, other than the concrete pad and a fire pit. We were surprised at this, and landed there without water, because the CA Parks website said "developed". Now we know this does not mean hookups. Sunsets are amazing here, as the name would imply. The drive in is awesome, through farmlands and beautiful valleys. It is off the beaten path. Generators are against the rules after 8pm, as a ranger was quick to enforce. Nice place! - Dan Hannah
Aug 2012 - $39.00
This is a great state park quite and clean great views and just overall relaxing. Stayed in site 18 big and wide and long enough for our RV. Strawberry fields forever right beside our site. Cool and foggy in the morning. Clear and cool during the day. Would stay here again. - thomas10