Mount Madonna County Park

Mount Madonna County Park

Mount Madonna County Park is one of the most majestic of Santa Clara County’s regional park and recreation areas. This 3,688 acre park is dominated by the redwood forest so characteristic of the Santa Cruz Mountain range, with hiking trails and a campground.

The park is located on Highway 152 (Hecker Pass Highway), 10 miles west of Gilroy. From the east, use Highway 101, and take the Highway 152 West exit. From the west, use Highway 1, and take the Highway 152 East exit. The entrance to the park is located at the summit of Highway 152 at Pole Line Road.

Hikers and equestrians have access to an extensive 14 mile trail system. Mt Madonna Stables offers horseback trail rides, it is a wonderful way to explore the beauty of this park.

Shaded picnic areas are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Group picnic, group camping and youth camping areas are available by reservation.

A one mile self-guided nature trail winds around the ruins of cattle baron Henry Miller’s summer home.

Overnight camping is one of the most popular activities at Mt. Madonna. Visitors may choose from 118 drive-in and walk-in reservable campsites spread throughout four campgrounds. Each site comes equipped with a barbecue pit, food locker and picnic table. Showers are also available (no coins needed) with a day use or camping fee required, as well as 17 partial hookup RV sites. Yurts are also available for reservation. These domed-tent like structures come in three different sizes – 16′, 20′ and 24′ offering bunk beds with mattresses, fold out futons and a wrap-around deck.

The park also features a visitor center where the natural history, geology and cultural history of the park is highlighted.

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