Hipcamp host Maraia H.
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Welcome to the Enchanted Forest Retreat! We have 45 acres of some of the most gorgeous redwoods in the Santa Cruz mountains to enjoy hiking, creeks and small water fall exploration, mountain biking, wildlife viewing, star gazing, relaxation, meditation and more.

Our campground has running water from a natural spring, Men and Women Restroom each with 2 toilets and 1 hot

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Welcome to the Enchanted Forest Retreat! We have 45 acres of some of the most gorgeous redwoods in the Santa Cruz mountains to enjoy hiking, creeks and small water fall exploration, mountain biking, wildlife viewing, star gazing, relaxation, meditation and more.

Our campground has running water from a natural spring, Men and Women Restroom each with 2 toilets and 1 hot water shower, kitchen cottage with sink, plugs for charging phones, one BBQ outside of the kitchen, and an outdoor amphitheater.

25 minutes to Silicon Valley - 25 minutes to Santa Cruz Boardwalk we're centrally located in the south bay. Dogs and kids are welcome - dogs must be picked up after and kept on a leash if other campers are present.

Shopping such as Safeway, Costco and the big box stores are 20 minutes away in Soquel; however, we have a charming little market (Summit Center) 3.5 miles away that has a great selection of groceries, drinks and hot foods, etc.

There are 5 (4-6 person) sites available in a separate listing plus this group site (up to 20 people). Please contact us if you're interested in renting the entire campground or any events.

While we are not strictly ADA compliant, the facilities should be able to host most. Please feel free to reach out with any questions and we'll help however we can!

NOTICE REGARDING RVs and TRAILERS:  While we can not offer hookups, theoretically we have no problem with RVs - the reason we state we don't allow them is that the road is dirt and steep in a couple of places getting down to the campground and VERY narrow in one spot (10ft).  Our concern is that your RV and/or trailer will not make it down without damage and/or not make it back up at all!  If you feel you're willing to take this risk (we won't be held liable), you're welcome to reach out to us and we can see what is possible.

Site #1 - Well shaded.  Distant from other sites.  Room for 1 car.  An additional car can be parked in the overflow area. Has 1 picnic table.

Site #2 - Well shaded.  The most private of our sites.  Room for 1 car.  An additional car can be parked in the overflow area. Has 1 picnic table.

Site #3 - Well shaded, 2-level terraced site.  Fairly private but close to Site #4, if you are a group looking to be nearer to one another.  Room for 1 car.  An additional car can be parked in the overflow area. Has 1 picnic table.

Site #4 - Well shaded, 2-level terraced site.  Fairly private but close to Site #3, if you are a group looking to be nearer to one another.  Room for 1 car.  An additional car can be parked in the overflow area. Has 1 picnic table.

Site #5 - Very open, sunny and scrubby site.  Some shade in the morning as the early sun is rising and then very sunny the remainder of the day.  Room for 2 cars. Could be private or grouped with Sites 3 & 4. Has 1 picnic table.

Other Listing:

Group Site - Can fit 12-ish tents.  We highly recommend you drop off your gear and park cars in the overflow area to maximize living space for larger groups.  Please limit to 6 cars. Has 2 picnic tables.

Campsite area
Bring your own
5 sites
Up to 6 guests per site
Park at listing
No ADA access
Essentials
Toilet available
Pets allowed
No campfires
Amenities
Potable water available
Kitchen available
Showers available
Picnic table available
Bins available
No wifi
Laundry absent
Have a question? Send Maraia a message!
  • Check in: After 2PM
  • Check out: Before 12PM
  • Cancellation policy: Moderate
  • On arrival: Go straight to camp
  • Minimum nights: 2
  • Accepts bookings: 6 months out
  • Weeknight discount: 20% off

Activities

Offered on the Host's property or nearby.

Biking

On property is limited but bikable - we are also very near the demonstration forest, which we're told has some fabulous mountai...Read more

Boating

Nearby in Santa Cruz and surrounding beaches.

Fishing

Santa Cruz Wharf is great for fishing as well as many other local areas. No fishing on property.

Hiking

On and off property. Big Basin and Henry Cowell parks are not far and well worth the visit!

Horseback riding

There are horse rentals/trails not far from here but we do not have our own. Horse camping would be possible but getting trail...Read more

Surfing

Nearby in Santa Cruz and surrounding beaches

Swimming

Nearby in Santa Cruz and surrounding beaches. Can also wade in our creek but wouldn't call it swimming!

Wildlife watching

Terrain

Natural features you'll find at Enchanted Forest Retreat w/Showers in California.

Coastal

12 miles to Capitola Beach and the Pacific Ocean.

Forest

New and old growth Redwoods throughout property.

River, stream, or creek

Creek runs through property and is accessible with a short hike.

Waterfall

Mini waterfall on the property. Fun, easy hike to get to.

Mountainous
Redwoods

The vibe at Enchanted Forest Retreat w/Showers

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Hipcamper Tyler

Beautiful bay area forest getaway

Tyler W.
recommends this listing.
(Site 5)
June 29th, 2020

Maraia was an excellent host and the property is beautiful. I had a group of 13 spread out over sites 3, 4 and 5 and they are nicely situated above eachother on a graded sections of a hill. The group site was in view but sound didn’t carry very far so it kept a private feel. The creek nearby makes for a nice hike and the area was very clean! I plan to come back, especially with the convenient location off highway 17!

Hipcamper Maraia
Response from Maraia, the Host, on July 1st, 2020

Thanks for the kind review, Tyler! We enjoyed having you - your group is welcome back anytime!

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Hipcamper Michael
Michael A.
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(Site 1)
June 29th, 2020

This place was awesome! Beautiful campsite right in the redwoods of Sanat Cruz mountains. Clean bathrooms with hot running water. The host was super chill and attentive. Definitely hope to return soon.

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Response from Maraia, the Host, on July 1st, 2020

Thanks so much, Michael! We loved having you. We'll look forward to your next visit! 😉

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Hipcamper Melissa

Wonderful hideaway in the trees!

Melissa W.
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(Site 1)
July 1st, 2020

We were delighted with this place! The hosts were friendly. The facilities were clean. The surroundings were gorgeous. The property offered many opportunities for hiking and exploring. What more could you ask for? I can’t wait to go back!

Hipcamper Maraia
Response from Maraia, the Host, on July 1st, 2020

Thank you so much for the great review! We were happy to have you and look forward to hosting you again! ❤️

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Hipcamper Chloe

Amazing!

Chloe R.
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(Site 2)
July 2nd, 2020

Amazing campsite! We had a great time at site #2 (right next to the bathrooms and kitchen). The site was large enough for both of our tents and had space to eat outside. The sites are also spread out and we had no sound issues (also very easy to social distance!). The bathrooms were very clean as were the shared amenities.

The campsite is also very close to lots of state parks and we had a great time hiking in the redwoods and hanging out on the beach!

Maraia is a great host and I hope we have a chance to come back!

Hipcamper Maraia
Response from Maraia, the Host, on July 2nd, 2020

So happy you had a great time! Thank you for the wonderful review... You're welcome back anytime! =D

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Hipcamper Audrey

Perfect camping getaway

Audrey W.
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(Site 1)
July 5th, 2020

Nestled amongst redwoods, we couldn't have asked for a better place to spend the long weekend. Private enough with all the amenities. The toilets were clean and such a luxury to be able to have a shower (warm water!! shampoo & soap dispenser!!) after a long day out hiking nearby. Roads are narrow and steep in places so be careful when driving. We stayed at campsite #1 which is a slight climb up from the bathroom and communal kitchen, but is also more secluded and has its own water tap (super convenient!).
Thank you Maraia!

Hipcamper Maraia
Response from Maraia, the Host, on July 6th, 2020

You're so welcome - happy you had a great time! Thank you for the great review and for leaving the site in pristine condition! You're welcome back anytime!

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Hipcamper Karen
Karen A.
recommends this listing.
(Site 5)
July 6th, 2020

Beautiful redwoods, very kind hostess, clean bathrooms. We enjoyed our stay very much and would love to go back!

Hipcamper Maraia
Response from Maraia, the Host, on July 6th, 2020

Thank you, Karen! It was a pleasure having you - welcome back anytime!

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Hipcamper David

Good campsite, good experience

David Q.
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(Site 3)
July 6th, 2020

Overall, good campsite. Had clean bathrooms and kitchen area to wash dishes (has sink and refrigerator only, no stove). Has grill outside. One downside was that the campsite did not have a fire pit or picnic table. Looked like the tables were being made but not sure if they are planning on installing fire pit. Would be a great campsite if they fixed these two issues.

Hipcamper Maraia
Response from Maraia, the Host, on July 7th, 2020

Thanks for the feedback. We do have picnic tables in all the sites now, yahoo! but unfortunately, we have no intention of allowing open fires in the campground. While we absolutely agree that fires are fun to have, with fire season the way it is in California it's just not worth the risk. We hope you enjoyed your stay despite not having a fire! =)

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Hipcamper Alex
Alex B.
recommends this listing.
(Site 4)
July 6th, 2020

The Enchanted Forest was lovely! The campsites felt private and were kept well. We were specifically exploring Santa Cruz during the day, so the short 30 minute drive to SC was incredibly convenient. The bathroom was also well kept. Would highly recommend and stay again!

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Response from Maraia, the Host, on July 9th, 2020

Thanks for the nice review, Alex! Feel free to come back anytime!

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Hipcamper Vanessa

Beautiful views and private forest

Vanessa S.
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(Site 1)
July 7th, 2020

A beautiful, secluded place. We loved the views and how each campsite was nestled between trees with great views. The camping bathroom was very clean and nice hot showers. We would definitely come back! We camped with our 5 month old and it was a very easy spot for us, nice and flat campsite and potable water, with flushy toilets! We loved that it was close to town (20-30 minutes to Soquel) but felt very secluded, remote and quiet. We didn't see many others while we were there and was nice to see deer, birds and lots of nature around us.

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Hipcamper Maraia
Response from Maraia, the Host, on July 7th, 2020

So glad you had a great time! Come back anytime!

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Property
Maraia H.’s Land
State
California
Country
United States
$65/night
5 Sites
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