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Hudson and Wendy's Land

2 sites 路 Lodging, RVs, Tents5 acres 路 Oakhurst, CA
Welcome to Hidden Falls Yosemite Camp. We can't wait for you to stay with us and enjoy what the area has to offer.
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$72
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Yosemite Westlake Camp

33 sites 路 RVs, Tents6 acres 路 Coulterville, CA
Located on the John Muir Historic route to Yosemite National Park, Yosemite Westlake Campground and RV Park is convenient to all things Yosemite. Between here and the park is Rainbow Pool, a well-known swimming hole that campers here often visit on their way back to the campground for a refreshing dip in the cool waters. Coulterville was started as a gold-rush town. You can visit the museum and visitor center even try your hand at panning for gold.
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$48
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Musick Creek Falls

4 sites 路 RVs, Tents40 acres 路 Sacramento, CA
Musick Creek Falls is 40 acres that lies just south of Shaver Lake. At an elevation of, 5400ft. The land is regenerating in a green and lush state following the Creek Fire of four years ago, exhibiting novel and intriguing wildflowers such as Sierra Manzanita, sweet peas, and cedars. The terrain is natural, beautiful, and rugged. This property boasts three exquisite cascading waterfalls, hiking trails, 4x4 roads, hunting, rock climbing, and stargazing opportunities. We are just 8 minutes from the town of Shaver Lake, Sierra National Forest, campgrounds, boating, fishing, and about 20 minutes from China Peak Ski Resort. The road into the property, although being maintained by us and the community, can be a challenge for vehicles very low to the ground. There is water, and trash on site, but no bathrooms or outhouse currently. one is in the works, and should be completed this spring There are 4x4 roads starting on the property going into vast wilderness. We stay on site part of the year, but the campsites are far enough for privacy , or hospitality , and you are welcome to explore the entire 40 acres. There is an amazing sunset every night, and just the sounds and smells of nature. The weather is very mild most of the year, where a sweat shirt is perfect most nights and not to hot in the day We have kayaks available for use free of charge. Musick Creek Falls offers an affordable option whereas campgrounds and cabins in the area are often booked up and very expensive. Most cell phones have good reception throughout the property. We also have spare tents and camping gear, blankets etc. if you forget something. If using off road vehicles, please stay on Old Railroad Grade Bed Rd until you enter in national forest. Please be advised Winter months December through February there will be no host on site and access will be limited as weather permits.
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High Camp Yosemite

1 site 路 Lodging40 acres 路 CA
Watch the sunset disappear over the horizon in our vintage trailer with a charcoal powered hot tub (or cold plunge on a warm day). With 40 acres to yourself, this is the perfect place to relax after a day hiking in Yosemite. Enjoy being off the grid and have your morning coffee with wandering turkeys or an occasional deer sighting. 40 minutes to the park entrance and 15 minutes to Mariposa. Things to note: this trailer is run solely off solar power so you have to conserve energy during the stay. There is no air conditioning or heat but it is breezy since it is on a mountain.
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Yosemite's Colfax Spring

8 sites 路 RVs, Tents15 acres 路 Groveland, CA
Welcome to Yosemite's Colfax Spring! Home to a basecamp for river rafting trips during the summertime, we are located 15 minutes driving distance to the entrance to Yosemite National Park. If you are staying with us between May - September and want to come rafting, ask us about our river trips! Our camp sits on a ridge with views down into the Tuolumne River Canyon. The Tuolumne River begins at 13,000 feet of elevation in the High Country of Tuolumne Meadows and provides drinking water for over 2.7 million people in San Francisco. With cedar and pine trees, manzanita bushes, and wildflowers in the spring, enjoy the Sierras' flora and fauna. Our family has been operating our river rafting company for over 50 years, the last 11 of those years being here at Colfax Spring. Conveniently located off Highway 120, we are in close proximity to swimming holes, hikes, and more. Enjoy the privacy of our campsite and getting world-class views to yourself, with all of the amenities (flushing toilets, wi-fi, showers.) Make sure to check the Yosemite National Park website for information about reservations to visit the park!
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$90
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Camp SourBerry (near Yosemite)

1 site 路 RV40 acres 路 Oakhurst, CA
Welcome to Camp SourBerry! Here, you can park your home-on-wheels in a private space with a view. You can enjoy the feeling of rural seclusion while within walking distance (~1 mile) from shops and restaurants in Oakhurst. The South Gate to Yosemite National Park is less than a 30-minute drive (~75 minutes drive-time to the Valley floor), and Bass Lake's shores are only 15 minutes away. Local wildlife is abundant. Wild turkeys are a common sighting, especially in the spring and fall, as are squirrels, bears, deer, coyotes, and bobcats, plus all kinds of native birds (hawks, quail, jays, woodpeckers, ravens, vultures, and eagles). We have a small homestead-style farm and so do the neighbors, so you can hear the distant sounds of chickens, turkeys, sheep, goats, and cows. Because the safety of our animals (and yours) is paramount, we do not allow other pets to visit. The parking location is an ease pull-through for passenger vehicles and shorter trailers. People with longer, taller trailers find it easier to pull-in and back out. The best view is on the passenger side of the drive! Whether you want to stay put and enjoy the natural setting or have a base from which to explore world-class attractions, we would love to host your next vacation.
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Yosemite Cabin In Ahwahnee CA

1 site 路 Lodging1 acre 路 Ahwahnee, CA
Welcome to Koffiehuis - Fun for all Ages Near Yosemite, a delightful retreat in Ahwahnee featuring a terrace for your enjoyment. Located just 24 miles from Yosemite South Entrance, this air-conditioned vacation home offers a cozy haven with private parking and complimentary Wifi. Immerse yourself in the beauty of the surroundings from the comfort of your spacious vacation home, which includes 3 bedrooms, a welcoming living room with a flat-screen TV, and an equipped kitchen. Relax on the balcony with mountain views, perfect for unwinding and taking in the natural beauty. The vacation home also boasts a bathroom with a bath and a shower, providing all the comforts of home. Outdoor dining is a delightful option, allowing you to savor the fresh air and scenic ambiance. Cozy up in the seating area by the fireplace, adding warmth to your evenings. Towels and bed linen are thoughtfully provided, ensuring a comfortable stay. The Fresno Yosemite International Airport is the nearest airport, conveniently located 53 miles away. Come and experience the charm of Koffiehuis, a place designed for fun and relaxation for all ages, all while being in close proximity to the natural wonders of Yosemite.
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$368
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Private Riverfront Resort Pool Spa

1 site 路 Lodging2 acres 路 Oakhurst, CA
Welcome to your private paradise! Nestled on a riverfront property with stunning waterfalls and swimming holes, this custom 4,000 sqft home offers unparalleled luxury and serenity. Boasting 5 bedrooms and 6 bathrooms, this expansive residence features a swimming pool adorned with rock waterfalls, as well as a spa complete with its waterfall鈥攑erfect for unwinding and taking in the picturesque surroundings. Step inside and be greeted by a grand spiral staircase leading to a family room and wet bar, ideal for entertaining guests and enjoying quality time with loved ones. For those who enjoy staying active, a private tennis court awaits, providing endless opportunities for recreation and fitness. Outside, breathtaking views abound, offering a feast for the eyes in every direction. Whether you're relaxing on the patio, taking a dip in the pool, or exploring the private campground area, you'll find tranquility at every turn. Conveniently located near Yosemite Park and Bass Lake, adventure awaits just beyond your doorstep. Whether you're hiking through majestic forests, boating on pristine lakes, or simply soaking in the natural beauty of the area, this property offers the perfect home base for all your outdoor pursuits. Escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life and experience the ultimate in luxury and relaxation at your private resort. Welcome home.
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$1,995
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Southgate Summit-closed for winter

8 sites 路 Tents20 acres 路 Oakhurst, CA
Hey Campers! We are temporarily closed for the winter.... but back open April 1st! See you then! This area was once inhabited by local native American Tribes. In the 1840's prospectors arrived in search of gold but none was found in the immediate area. Old Yosemite Base camp was along the route into Yosemite National Park prior to the construction of Highway 41. Horse and Carriage traveled along Old Yosemite Road from Mariposa and the entire golden state. Visitors from the world now pass through Oakhurst to Yosemite National Park along this route. Don't for to check out Bass Lake and its full service amenities. ALL CAMP SITES REQUIRE 4 WHEEL DRIVE or All-Wheel drive- NO Exceptions. Hipcampers, come pitch your tent at one of five Old Yosemite Base Camp drive in and walk in sites. OYBC offers over six acres of pine, oak, and bay trees, sprinkled around large granite features that remind you that Half Dome is not far away! Each unique site is equipped with a stone fire ring with cook top and a picnic table accommodating four person dining. Old Yosemite Base Camp is the perfect place to enjoy the sunset and stargaze next to a campfire after an adventurous day in the southern Yosemite region. Yosemite tent camping without all the crowds and tour buses is what you can expect. Backing up to the Sierra National Forest OYBC is conveniently located near HWY 41 just 14 miles from Yosemite鈥檚 south gate entrance. The region also offers a large amount of hiking trails where you can find swim holes, waterfalls giant sequoias, lakes, and rivers. Take 15-minute drive to Bass Lake and enjoy water sports and lake view dining. OYBC offers five camp sites and all wheel drive is required to get to the top of camp. OYBC sites 1, 2, 3, are drive up sites and 4 & 5 are walk in sites that have a separate parking area. All wheel drive is still needed to get to this lot. Have a large group? Old Yosemite Base Camp offers discounts for larger parties of up to 25 campers. Message OYBC to reserve the whole mountainside to yourselves!
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Ace's Yosemite Hide Out

3 sites 路 RVs, Tents30 acres 路 Coarsegold, CA
Ace's Yosemite Hide Out Is close to Yosemite National Park South entrance on a 30 acre Ranch and is very privately located at the base of a mountain in Coarsegold Ca. with beautiful oak trees and lots of wildlife. There is a barbecue pit, picnic table, sink to wash dishes and hands and a propane fire pit at each campsite You can walk or drive a short distance to the outside shower from the campsite Take a beautiful short hike and see the horses and miniature Donkeys Yosemite Park South entrance is 27.5 miles, Takes about 50 minutes Yosemite valley is a 1 1/2 hr beautiful drive. Chukchansi casino is 5 miles. Bass Lake is on the way to Yosemite with excellent restaurants swimming and day camping by the lake! Lots of biking and hiking trails
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Restoration Ranch and Retreat

1 site 路 Lodging46 acres 路 Ahwahnee, CA
Nestled into the Sierra Nevada mountains, 15 miles to beautiful Yosemite National Park, overlooking Deadwood Mountain is this gorgeous property! Here we have The Modern Barn Cabin. But we also offer more! Camp, glamp, or roll up in the ol鈥 RV to enjoy the sights and sounds of serene nature. Spy a deer, owl, wild turkey or more as you watch the sunset from outside your door or tent. Walk the property, or find a quiet spot to meditate or connect with family and friends. Come and create the memories of a lifetime! Don鈥檛 want to haul the tent and supplies, tear down and pack up? We have you covered. Try a Modern Cabin instead! Drive in and experience that Glamp life. All the memories, sights and sounds of camping without the headache. Heck, we will even wash the sheets and provide a bed if you want in that cabin. Yosemite is calling you!
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$95
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Alpaca Your Bags Tent Camp

8 sites 路 RVs, Tents40 acres 路 Bonadelle Ranchos Madera Ranchos, CA
Camp in the county with beautiful sunsets, sunrises, and night sky. A & M Ranch (40 acres) is located 10 min north of Fresno and near Hwy 41 which leads to the mountains. Many travelers stop here on their way to the national parks (Yosemite, Kings Canyon, Sequoia). We are also close to hiking trails, lakes, Sierra mountains, wineries, farmers' markets, and casinos. When you arrive, you will see our four alpacas in their pen. We have designated spots for Tent camping, although if you'd like another spot for tent camping let us know. Each site is listed separately. We are listed on other platforms, so there may be other guests here. Marta also has she shop if you are interested in refurbished items or alpaca products. We are not a day camp, so if you stay a few nights, we expect you will be out most of the day. You may hear coyotes at night, see lots of squirrels and wild bunnies. Be careful of squirrel holes. We are generally only open Fri. Sat, however, we do make exceptions. Please read the rules and safety. *** If we do not respond right away and give approval it is because sometimes our schedule changes. We usually respond WITHIN the week of your stay.
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The best camping near Hensley Lake guide

Overview

About

Fifty miles north of Fresno in the Central California foothills, Hensley Lake has become a popular vacay spot for families. It contains 20 miles of shoreline and is enveloped by the oak woodlands of the Sierra Nevada foothills (hooray shade!).

This park is outdoor fun galore. Visitors enjoy camping, boating, water skiing and fishing with black bass, bluegill, catfish and crappie on the reel. Rainbow trout are stocked in the lake each winter. Kris-Krossing to the other side of the lake will make you wanna jump with hiking, biking, disc golf, swimming and equestrian trails. Oh and remember, this park is just an easy drive to Yosemite, Kings Canyon and Sequoia National Park, plus the Sierra National Forest.

When to go

The ideal time to visit Hensley Lake is during the spring and fall when the weather is mild and the natural beauty is at its peak. Summer brings warmth perfect for water activities, though it can be quite hot. Winters are cooler and quieter, offering a peaceful retreat for those looking to escape the bustle.

Know before you go

  • Check the weather forecast before your visit to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience.
  • Be aware of any seasonal closures or special alerts by visiting the official Hensley Lake website.
  • Life jackets are a must for all water activities 鈥 safety first!
  • Pack out what you pack in to keep the park pristine for all visitors.
  • Accessible facilities are available, but it's best to confirm ahead for specific needs.

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