About Oak Hollow
Pitch your tent in the shade of ancient oak trees, along side a stream, at the base of towering granite rocks or in an open meadow beneath the starry sky. Privacy in a vibrant oak woodland. Birds, owls, coyotes and frogs can be heard.
Communal areas include:
-A small natural cold tub that is great for dipping in on a hot afternoon. Seats 8 comfortably, great for muscles after a long hike :)
- Communal outdoor kitchen with dishwashing sink and mini fridge
- Large group fire pit (when fire ban is not in effect - generally November to April)
Without traffic we are a 1 hour drive into Yosemite and 10minutes to shops, restaurants and bars in Mariposa.
- Listing type: Private
- No. of sites: 1
- Accessible by: Walk
- Accommodation: Tent Only
- Check in after: 1PM
- Check out before: 11AM
- Cancellation policy: Strict
- On arrival: Go straight to camp
- Minimum nights: None
- Accepts bookings: 6 months out
- Weeknight discount: 25% off
The vibe at Oak Hollow
If you stayed here and have some insider info for us, let us know!
We had a wonderful stay at Oak Hollow. The property is beautiful and well maintained, and the bathroom and shower were clean. The host warned us ahead of time that she would not be there when we arrived, but she sent detailed instructions so that was no problem. She was also quick to respond to my texted questions during our stay (Cell reception in the area is not great, but I got enough to check texts and email with Verizon). It is only an hour drive into Yosemite, so we were able to get into the valley early enough to get parking for the day. It is a couple of minutes walk down hill from the parking to the tent sites, but we were welcome to use the tables and chairs near the house to eat, so we did need to carry any of our kitchen gear or food very far. Be aware that, like any campground near Yosemite, there are lots of mosquitoes. They were not too bad during the day, but definitely came out in the evening. The little stream just behind the house was dry when we visited in late June, but there is a bigger creek with a grassy swimming hole down past the campsites. There is also a neat "natural pool" near the house which is sort of like a jacuzzi sized fish pond that you can sit in. The kids loved it. If you don't like swimming with pond snails and water striders it won't be for you, but personally I'll take algae over chlorine any day. It was great to be able to keep cool in the water on a hot afternoon!
I loved staying here! Dana was extremely nice and helpful and the campsite and entire property are really beautiful. We pitched our tent next to the wooden bench shown in the photos, which meant that we had an awesome view of the adjacent field in the sunlight in the morning, and we were under the shelter of the oak tree canopy. Next to that flat area there is a very sheltered rock-enclosed area, and beyond that are some steps down into a cave area, which is super cool and has some benches in it. On the other side of the cave is a stream. At night and in the mornings, we heard birds, frogs, and other great woodland noises, but no civilization sounds. We stayed here on a Yosemite trip, and the drive between Oak Hollow and Yosemite is a bit long but very pretty and pleasant, with good views of the Merced.
We didn't stay very long, just a quick in and out on our way to/from Yosemite, but had a great time camping in the cave site and cooling off in the natural pool in 100+ degree weather! The grounds are lovely and everything is set up so nicely. We had a great view of the full moon. Bring bug spray for the evenings! Only regret is that we didn't have time to take advantage of the hammock. The bathroom was a very nice touch and it felt great being able to take a real shower.
"Oasis" is the perfect word for this site: there's a shady cave, natural cold-water pool, golden grass everywhere, and an incredibly relaxing vibe. Dana was really helpful and greeted us as soon as we arrived (but even if she hadn't been there, we could have parked and made our way to the site no problem because the signage was incredible.)
We pitched our tent near the cave, which was 10 degrees cooler than the surrounding air. It was 108 degrees while we visited, so the natural pool and cold, potable water available were lifesavers. (So was the growler of Cucumber Light Ale from Bridal Veil Brewing, the brewery in Mariposa, only 15 minutes away.)
There's lots to explore on the property: Indian grinding stones, old stone ovens, secret ponds, and hammocks-galore. But it's also a great basecamp for Yosemite, which is under 90 minutes away. Book here and you'll beat the masses driving in from the Bay Area!
We went up for the weekend to visit Yosemite. The place was great! Our first time hipcamping, the camp site was really cool, property was beautiful! It was nice to have the back kitchen area and access to the bathroom. Plus we thoroughly enjoyed the outdoor shower! Dana was a great host and we'd definitely go back!
We really enjoyed the experience at Oak Hollow. The campsite was beautiful and the facilities very convenient, with a clean bathroom, available water and Internet. Dana was a great host, friendly and attentive. It was close enough to Yosemite to make for a decent base camp. We would surely come back.