You’ll be smarter than the average bear (or person) if you choose to kick it in the mixed conifer forest at Cherry Valley Campground. Typical sites have water faucets, picnic tables and a campfire pit with grill. Restrooms are but a short skip away, so you don’t have to worry about taxing your bladder when you rehydrate after your latest failed saltine cracker challenge. Better luck next time!
Campsite area
Bring your own tents, vans and truck campers, trailers, RVs
45 sites
Up to 8 guests per site
Park at listing
No wheelchair access
Campfires allowed
Toilet available
Pets allowed
Potable water available
Picnic table available


Offered near the campground.


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Horseback riding

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Wind sports

That’s right water babies, you can even windsurf here. Cherry Lake is the place to be for windsurfing, so if that’s your thi...Read more

Off-roading (OHV)

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Snow sports

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Whitewater paddling

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Wildlife watching

Of course such a beautiful landscape is bound to be the home of equally awesome creatures. Bell Creek is a great place to chi...Read more


Natural features you'll find at Cherry Valley Campground.

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Hipcamper Jennifer
Jennifer S.
doesn't recommend this listing.
August 2nd, 2020

Stayed with husband and young daughter on July 31st. Campsite was nice and spacious. Area is very pretty and wooded. Unfortunately there was a group in site 37 that stayed up until 3:30am partying with loud music. The campground hosts did not make any attempt to quiet the group. We complained the next morning and were told that one of the managers had not felt well, fell asleep and did not do rounds. I was sorry the manager hadn’t felt well, but there were two people managing the campground so I didn’t understand why one of them couldn’t do rounds. People talking past quiet hours is not an issue for me, I bring ear plugs in case there is a lot of chatter, but blasting music until 3:30am is unacceptable. It was terrible experience.

Hipcamper Don
Don A.
didn't provide a recommendation.
April 29th, 2019

I forgot to add there is a trail to the Lake from Cherry Valley Campground. It's about a 1/2 mile to the lake. There is also a very cool waterfall next to that trail. The trail does get steep in spots especially in dryer years. That shouldn't be the case this year!! Once upon a time, there was a rope swing at the end of the trail. The lake is quite cool early in the season with it getting much warmer by August.

I can not emphasize enough that we are stewards of these places. Show respect and clean up after yourself. If you are wilderness camping, make sure to research field sanitation. So many people go up here and have no idea of what do to with their waste!

Be advised people do target shoot up here. Hopefully, they follow the rules

Hipcamper Don
Don A.
didn't provide a recommendation.
April 29th, 2019

The Cherry Valley Campground does take reservations and it has "hosts" who collect fees and empty trash. There are bears so use the bear lockers!! No kidding!!!!

I haven't camped in the camp ground for 20 years because I prefer to wilderness camp. If that's for you, I suggest Jawbone Falls which isn't far from Cherry Lake. I camp, next to Jawbone Creek. It is a pack your trash out situation. Seriously. That means your brass as well!!!

From Tuolumne take forest road 1N04 to forest road 2N22. Take 2N22 all the way until it Ts into 2N08Y. Turn right and the falls are to your right about 1 mile. Make sure you clean up after yourself!! I, personally, clean up as much trash as I can bring back with me. Honor the native people who lived there.

Hipcamper Don
Don A.
didn't provide a recommendation.
April 29th, 2019

I've been camping up here for over 35 years!! Here's what you need to know:

The campground gets full on holidays. On the spillway side of the damn there are lots of free camping spots and port-a-poties
If you have the equipment, you can wilderness camp anywhere. No camping next to the lake unless you have a boat. Campsites in the campground cost like 20 bucks. If you like campgrounds, it's nice campground. Lake access is limited to the boat ramp area and on the opposite side of the damn. The shore is very rocky and steep. There is an island in the lake if you have a boat. There are no stores or gas stations so you need to gas up at Buck Meadow on hwy 120 or the Black Oak Casino if you come up from Sonora. Very little cellular reception

Hipcamper Michelle
Michelle L.
didn't provide a recommendation.
December 29th, 2016

So this is an interesting site. The drive is extremely long and windy. It would be a nice view except the whole area went through a fire. We were there in June of 2016, i assume it happened in that year or the year past. We got to the campground to find that there was no water. The faucets were dry. Have 5 kids this was a problem but the camp host was great and brought us jugs of water. We drove down to the lake and were able to get a nice spot before the crown to swim and hang out. Definitely wouldn't go back but, it was an experience.

Hipcamper Sarah V.
recommends this listing.
June 10th, 2018
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April 25th, 2018
Hipcamper Teresa R.
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April 15th, 2018
Hipcamper Maribeth R.
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February 17th, 2017
Hipcamper Michelle L.
doesn't recommend this listing.
December 29th, 2016
Stanislaus National Forest
United States
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37.981° N, 119.921° W
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