Independence Camp is on the edge of a meadow surrounded by Oak and Redwood Groves on a 100 acre parcel a few minutes drive to world renowned surfing and downtown Santa Cruz. Its like staying at a State Park, without the tent city.
The meadow is suitable for large parties, music festivals and weddings, all of which we host from time to time.
Most people don't know this, but the climate in Santa Cruz is so temperate, that we farm produce year round.
We offer a community fire pit, solar shower in the redwoods, and a porta potty. In the fall we are covered in mushrooms, soon followed by a bloom of beautiful wild flowers. Hawks, doves, deer, all sorts of flora and fauna. A great spot to retreat with friends and family and enjoy an evening around the fire. We also just added a Japanese style Ofudo (hot-tub) in a grove of redwoods that can be reserved by campers. It is $25 per hour. Let me know as soon as possible as its not always available. Well behaved dogs are welcome for an extra $7 per dog per night. I have limited spots for RV's so please let me know in advance if you plan to bring one. There are no RV hookups. It is $15 dollars extra per night for an RV.
- Check in: After 1PM
- Check out: Before 12PM
- Cancellation policy: Strict
- On arrival: Meet and greet
- Minimum nights: None
- Accepts bookings: 2 months out
- Response time: Within 24 hours
- Response rate: 80%
The vibe at Independence Camp Santa Cruz
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I visited the Oakgrove with my boyfriend for a quick weekend getaway. Dayle was an excellent host; he showed us around the campground, the water, and showers and was available to answer any questions that we had. He let us roam the ~100 acres of property that included smaller redwoods growing out of old growth redwoods, open fields, and oak trees. We also saw some deer hopping through the trees when we arrived. We mostly stayed at the campsite, but the Santa Cruz is a short drive away.
Dayle has multiple sites at Oakgrove and there were others staying there, but our campsite was very private. We couldn't even hear our neighbors. The site had an area for cooking and some benches made from old trees. On a clear day, we would be able to see the ocean. Our car was parked up the hill and it was a short walk to the campsite. The water and showers are near the entrance of the property (about a 10 min walk from our campsite) and there is a porta potty and some compost toilets about a 5 min walk from the campsite. The other sites were closer to the amenities compared to the site we stayed in. There was a small firepit in our area, but since we were in the trees and it was very dry, we joined the community fire at night to meet other campers and make s'mores. Everyone was very friendly and Dayle has created a beautiful community where people can enjoy nature together.
Great set up. Nice location and low key. Japanese style hot tub located in the middle of the woods was really cool.
The individual camps had plenty of space between them which allowed for privacy and seclusion while the communal fire pits were a great place to meet and mix with other campers. Will definitely be back for another visit.
We camped at Oakgrove in October with a large group and we had a perfect getaway weekend. The campsites on the property are surrounded by a beautiful redwood forest and some are overlooking the ocean.
There are communal fire pits, potable water, an outdoor shower, but the best perk was the Japanese "Ofuro" hot tub that you can enjoy at night or any time—talk to Dayle to reserve an hour! He's the best host. He gave us fresh eggs in the morning.
Thanks again, Dayle! Looking forward to staying there again.
This was a nice option to camp near Santa Cruz. Campers should know that it doesn't feel like you are totally off the grid, as there are many campsites (some more secluded than others) and it is possible to hear noise from the road below. That said, if you're looking for more of a communal feel, this is a great spot and there is a communal fire pit. And the hot tub was awesome!
A great, quiet place that's close to the Bay Area. 1776 was the perfect weekend getaway that I needed to get centered with rest and solitude is a place that is easy to get to, surrounded by nature and still allowed me the comforts of car camping. Dayle was a very gracious and highly responsive host from a Hipcamp bug at booking to showing me the site when I came in after dark. He was accessible and friendly and had a great set up.
The spot he gave me was a beautiful landing on the edge of the mountain with miles of forest in the distance. It was quiet and shaded with a lovely built in platform for cooking, campfire ring and bench. He made sure I got set up and showed me the shower and potable water on the way.
I took the weekend to write in my journal and relax with my dog, so we would take walks around the property, which is 15 acres. There were other campers, including a huge birthday party that were closer to the entrance, but I never heard them, which was bliss.
I could hear the road at night but nature was there too. A giant owl would hoot in the night, and I even saw a coyote running in the woods about 30 yards from camp.
The shower is a solar shower tucked into the redwoods with views for miles. It's quite a cool experience. The bathroom a very clean port-o-pot, but it's a great compromise between car camping lots and backpacking and I would definitely do it again!