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
Tent or RV sites
94 sites
Up to 6 guests per site
Up to 6 vehicles
No wheelchair access
Campfires allowed
Toilet available
Pets allowed
Potable water available
Picnic table available


Offered near the campground.


If you prefer to travel on a two wheeled vehicle, then you’re in luck! Why is that? Well there are over 12 miles of paved bike ...Read more


There is a plethora of fishing options in Yosemite and the surrounding areas. The season for stream and river fishing begins on...Read more


Yosemite has unbelievable amount of goodness to offer the hiker. Just simply walking around the park is one of the best ways to...Read more

Horseback riding

Why not see Yosemite... via a mule or on horseback !? Guided mule rides, both pack and saddle trips, overnight boarding facili...Read more


Within Yosemite’s vast natural wonder are many places to go kayaking . Visitors can enjoy the park by water on the Merced Rive...Read more


We don’t often use the words “world renowned” unless it is something truly deserving. Which brings us the the world renowned cl...Read more

Snow sports

Yosemite can definitely be a winter wonderland. During certain parts of the year, the park is available for a variety of winte...Read more


You could go swimming at one of the outdoor pools available during the summer time at Curry Village and Yosemite Lodge , howev...Read more

Whitewater paddling

A popular activity is rafting along the Merced River. It is a great way to cover a lot of ground in little time and is very rel...Read more

Wildlife watching

Part of what makes Yosemite so epic is it’s year round inhabitants of the furry nature . Yosemite National Park supports more...Read more


Natural features you'll find at Wawona Campground.

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Swimming hole
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Hipcamper cecilia
Cecilia B.
recommends this listing.
January 8th, 2019

Beautiful and WAY less busy than the valley

Hipcamper Marion
Marion R.
recommends this listing.
October 25th, 2018

Don't have one

Hipcamper Steven
Steven C.
recommends this listing.
October 5th, 2018

Be careful of rocks in water when swinging into the lake

Hipcamper Izzy
Izzy B.
recommends this listing.
October 5th, 2018

The campground is pretty far from Yosemite Valley, about an hour drive. It is a pretty drive, but it is time wasted in a car that could be spent outside. Also, if you get stuck behind a slow car, the drive will take significantly longer.

Hipcamper Daniel
Daniel R.
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September 16th, 2018


Hipcamper Rey
Rey P.
recommends this listing.
March 7th, 2018

This place books quickly but it’s worth it. Great carside camping.

Hipcamper Gina
Gina F.
recommends this listing.
February 10th, 2018

Keep your food in your car.

Hipcamper Ann
Ann N.
recommends this listing.
January 26th, 2018

I especially like this campground because there are campsites along the creek, and I love the sound of running water. It's also more spacious than campgrounds in the Valley and less crowded. That said, the downside is that it's an hour drive to get to the Valley, so plan hikes/activities ahead of time.

Hipcamper Ian
Ian H.
recommends this listing.
January 17th, 2018

Take a long weekend! There's so much to do in Yosemite. Don't limit yourself to a single night.

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