Wawona Campground lies next to the Merced River, at an elevation of 4000 ft. Wouldn’t it be nice to camp right next to that babbling brook?

Well if river camping is your thing (how can it not be your thing?), then you will surely enjoy Wawona. There are 93 sites in total and the camps are large. They are relatively close to each other, but it's usually much more secluded than the campgrounds in Yosemite Valley.

Each site is outfitted with a fire ring, picnic table, food locker, and near bathrooms (with water). There are no showers, but for this lovely campground, it’s worth roughing it for a night!

Campsite area
Bring your own tents, vans and truck campers, trailers, RVs
94 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.


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Horseback riding

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Snow sports

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Whitewater paddling

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Wildlife watching

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Natural features you'll find at Wawona Campground.

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Hipcamper Alicia
Alicia S.
didn't provide a recommendation.
January 7th, 2016

Campsites are packed quite close together, so not the best campground for privacy. Mosquitos can be vicious in the summer as well! Nice view of the Merced river though, and close to some nice hikes like Chilnuala Falls.

Hipcamper Emily
Emily S.
didn't provide a recommendation.
April 7th, 2016

Campsites are a little close together, only Loop A is open during the off season. Chatted with the rangers last weekend, and they're planning on opening Loops B & C this upcoming weekend (April 9th). Must arrive by EARLY Friday morning to get a spot for weekend. Call NPS for availability.
We camped at site 30. We enjoyed it. Definitely the most private camp, and since the gate is locked, we were at the end, and there weren't cars driving by constantly. Plenty of room for 2 tents. Only downside is that the site is not flat anywhere. So you need to be OK with sleeping downhill. Wouldn't recommend this spot with a RV/camper, as the parking space is further from the site than others in the loop. Very close to Merced River, the pups loved it!

Site 30 -- found a great hammock spot!Site 30Merced River, easily accessible from many sites in Loop AThe road to Loops B & C, right next to site 30. No car problem during off season, but could get noisy when the road is open for summer.
Hipcamper Steven
Steven C.
recommends this listing.
October 5th, 2018

Be careful of rocks in water when swinging into the lake

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Hipcamper Ciera
Ciera F.
didn't provide a recommendation.
November 30th, 2016

Camped here the first weekend in November and loved it. Campsites are first come first serve so get there in the morning to secure your spot...they were all full by the time we got back that night. Right next to a river. Some campsites are packed a little tight but we managed to snag campsite number 30 which is a little more private. Not right in Yosemite Valley but the drive is beautiful and not a big deal to drive in. I would definitely recommend!

Hipcamper Edith
Edith S.
recommends this listing.
April 28th, 2017

This is the campground furthest from the valley. However, its closest to the entrance so leaving will be easier and the line to exit shorter.

Hipcamper Pat
Pat S.
recommends this listing.
May 10th, 2017


Hipcamper Elena
Elena G.
recommends this listing.
May 21st, 2017

Such as awesome camp. The food at half dome village is forever better than the food at Yosemite village. Save yourself the disgust. We had cabin 7, so we were a 30 second walk from the wifi hub, cafeteria and beer! Pizza was awesome as well. The park is quiet on this side during late winter early spring, and its so worth it if you can catch it on a sunny, preferably not flooding day haha.

Hipcamper Julie
Julie B.
has mixed feelings towards this listing.
May 22nd, 2017

Busy Busy Busy....

Hipcamper Kristin
Kristin L.
recommends this listing.
June 28th, 2017

Hard to get but worth it, nice river sites, not as crowded as the valley.

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