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Old 02-23-2012, 10:21 PM   #29
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Here are a few recommendations, in no particular order: Sugar Pine Point in Lake Tahoe, Samuel P. Taylor in Lagunitas (near Point Reyes), Half Moon Bay State Beach, Lower Pines in Yosemite. Half Moon Bay is not woodsy, but it is right on the beach. I think that reservations would be required for all during the summer months.
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Old 02-24-2012, 01:15 AM   #30
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New Recommendations

We've lived on the SF Peninsula since 1979 and still continue to discover new, close by places to camp in our AS. Here are some recommendations based on your liking the woods. In the mountains immediately to the east of Hwy 1 with Santa Cruz to the south and Half Moon Bay to the north--a span of about 50 miles--there are a number of largely unknown--outside the local area--redwood groves. Some of them have really nice campgrounds. The forestation varies from normal to quite dense. These are all within 10+ miles of Hwy 1.

So from south to north: Henry Cowles State Park (don't confuse this with Henry Cowe SP about 50 miles east), Big Basin State Park, both these have some REALLY big coast redwoods, approaching 300' height. A little further north, Butano State Park and Memorial Park (County of San Mateo). You may see Portola Redwoods SP on the map, but it's hard to get to.

There's a really nice KOA at Costanoa (Pescadero) with full hookups that could be used as a base from which plan day trips to one or more of these parks.

BTW, if you end up visiting Yosemite, don't miss the giant sequoias in the Mariposa Grove. Once you see them, you'll never forget. Coast redwoods aren't as large in diameter, but they are taller.

Enjoy the trip!
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Old 02-24-2012, 08:57 AM   #31
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WooHoo! Thanks for all of the suggestions. I'm gonna look into all of them!
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Old 02-24-2012, 09:21 AM   #32
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hidden gems there in missouri

We have been enjoying the thread and am going to be spending some time in MO because our son has moved there and was wondering if you would share some gems in your state? Thank you.
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Bee cave, you know how it is you visit places far away but never in your backyard! I really enjoy roaring river state park. Also nice near kc is Weston Bend State Park.
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Old 02-25-2012, 09:29 AM   #34
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Thanks for the info. Our son is living in St Louis. Have you ever been to Mark Twain National Forest ? Would love to boondock there some day.
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Old 02-25-2012, 11:36 AM   #35
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Pismo Beach -watch out!

The area is gorgeous, but don't be seduced by the false pictures for Pismo Coast RV Village Resort which shows parking right on the beach. Not so, plus the spaces are tight and they do not enforce their own rules. It is expensive and since we have already paid there is no way but to tough it out. Noise, noise noise: But, next door is a state campground which is $25.00 or less per night and is beautiful with large, lovely parking sites. Live and learn -we are newbies, but are now quickly suspicious of expensive places using the words 'resort'. We never use the amenities and have found that often they attract a young party crowd with a lack of basic manners. We have met some nice people so all is not lost.
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Old 02-26-2012, 05:02 PM   #36
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I used this website as an additional reference source on places we're thinks about camping in. It's not perfect, but I've found it really useful. It's pretty good at identifying those locations that are either very good or very bad.

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For the July 4 holiday, I have found the eastern side of the Sierra to be idyllic. It'll be a nice retreat from the hot temps, and the crowds, and excellent for outdoor recreation like trout fishing, hiking, lakes, streams, mountain biking, rock climbing. There are loads of places where if you pull in mid week, or on a Thursday morning, you can get into a first come first serve campsite at any of the following locations:
Toulemne Meadow (spectacular vistas and hiking in the high country of Yosemite)- White Wolf CG, or Toulemne CG
Emery Lake CG
Saddlebag Lake CG
June Lake
Mammoth Lakes Area (Twin Lakes CG is my favorite)
Rock Creek Area (A real hidden gem: right on the lake has Mosquitos, so go to the East Fork CG...it's gorgeous)
South Lake out of Bishop

I'll be up that way if you want to rendevouz for a beer...
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