Experience a taste of the wild west at Wild Plum Campground. Once home to thousands of gold miners hoping to strike it rich, this area full of history. While your chances of finding gold nowadays might be pretty slim, there are a whole bunch of other treasures waiting to be discovered in these mountains. The Wild Plum Loop is one of them. This beautiful 2.5-mile trail, popular with hikers and horseback riders, also provides access to the Pacific Crest and Haypress Trails. After the hike, you can cool off in the North Yuba River. There are plenty of sites waiting at camp, so go snag yourself one this weekend!
Campsite area
Bring your own tents, vans and truck campers, trailers, RVs
47 sites
Up to 6 guests per site
Park at listing
No ADA access
Campfires allowed
Toilet available
Pets allowed
Potable water available
Picnic table available


Offered near the campground.


Bikers will find Tahoe to be a mountain biking paradise, with rough roads and unforgettable views. The Downieville ranger distr...Read more


There are hundreds of lakes and many reservoirs within this forest, making motorized and non-motorized boating a go-to acti...Read more


There are huge reservoirs, alpine lakes, rushing rivers, small pools, and everything in between, making this an excellent place...Read more


Hikers searching for incredible views won’t leave disappointed: there are over 500 miles of trails, including the PCT. You can ...Read more

Horseback riding

If you have a horse, bring that fella over to these trails , and if you don’t, there are many local outfitters who can set you...Read more


Kayakers and canoers have plenty of opportunities to row their little boats in the lakes, reservoirs, and streams of this nat...Read more

Wind sports

Nothing beats that fresh mountain air blowing through your hair! Boca Reservoir, Jackson Meadow Reservoir, Stampede Reservoir, ...Read more

Off-roading (OHV)

Looking to take a spin in your off highway vehicle? The Little Truckee Summit trail has gentle slopes and Prosser Hill is an ea...Read more


There isn’t much information about climbing, but Donner Summer has traditional and sport climbing areas to challenge all skill ...Read more

Snow sports

What better way to enjoy the wintertime than to go to Tahoe? Tahoe National Forest offers backcountry wilderness for you to exp...Read more


There’s no shortage of swimming here: you’re welcome to splash in lakes, reservoirs, streams, rivers, and swimming holes under ...Read more

Whitewater paddling

If motor boats aren’t your thing, step up your game with a whitewater trip. The Yuba River and the American River offer amazing...Read more

Wildlife watching

Wildlife watchers won’t be disappointed with Tahoe National Forest. The wetland areas are great places for birding, especially ...Read more


Natural features you'll find at Wild Plum Campground.

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Mark K.
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August 23rd, 2016

We stayed here a couple of weeks ago, love the campground, the river runs along many of the sites, and there is a nice beach and swimming area near site #1. We showed up without reservations hoping that since school started they would have an open space, just barely, we took the last one and that was first thing Friday Morning. It's a popular campground so book your reservations at There are a lot of good sites to pick, we have our favorites, but depending on whether you want a quiet tucked back site, an open site by the river, or share space with fellow campers, the campground has what your looking for. And Pete the campground host was very helpful and welcoming.

Found this little friend after swimming, He had a bigger brother that we didn't get a picture of.Bridge at the entrance to Wild Plum, Nice little beach next to Site #1, water is crystal clear and pretty cold but still swim-able.A look downstream below the swimming area.
Hipcamper Mary Lynn
Mary Lynn P.
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July 7th, 2017

Great campground on the edge of cute gold rush town, Sierra City. Situated about 5,000 foot level in the Sierras. Some great sites along the creek with wonderful views. Vault toilets, no showers. Potable water available. Camp host on site. No cell phone coverage at campsite so you'll need to head to the local country store in town for free wifi. If you need a little luxury while there, check out Harrington's resort in town for very nice dinners. Great hike about a 2 mile loop out of the campground with perfect resting spot by huge boulders at half-way point for a snack and rest. Great for younger kids.

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Therese H.
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June 9th, 2017

Small and charming. Right on the river.

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Tahoe National Forest
United States
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(530) 994-3401
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39.567° N, 120.602° W
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Tent Only: 24 Sites
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Tent / RV / Trailer: 23 Sites
(Up to 6 people per site)

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