Hodgdon Meadow Campground is located in breathtaking Yosemite National Park in Central California's rugged Sierra Nevada Mountain Range. The site is 25 miles from Yosemite Valley at an elevation of 4,875 feet. Within Yosemite, visitors can gaze upon waterfalls, sheer granite cliffs, deep valleys, grand meadows, ancient giant sequoias, vast wilderness areas and much more. Yosemite National Park's reservable campsites are available up to five months in advance on the 15th of each month at 7:00 a.m. (PT) or 10:00 a.m. (ET). For example, on January 15, the time period May 15 to June 14 becomes available to reserve, and therefore, the full booking window would be from January 16 to June 14.Yosemite National Park Campground Reservation Dates
Yosemite's trails, cliffs, roads and rivers provide endless recreational activities for any kind of visitor. Hiking, biking, rock climbing, fishing, horseback riding, rafting, auto touring, cross-country skiing and photography are all very popular activities within the park.
Hiking the 2.5 to 3-mile roundtrip trails to the Tuolumne and Merced Groves of Giant Sequoias are a popular activity at Hodgdon Meadow. The White Wolf area on Tioga Road also offers many hiking opportunities.
Hodgdon Meadow Campground offers family and group sites. Roads and parking spurs are paved, and flush toilets and drinking water are provided. Each campsite contains a picnic table, fire ring and a food storage locker. A gas station and small general store are eight miles away at Crane Flat.
The area is forested with mixed stands of Red fir, incense-cedar, Ponderosa pine and Lodgepole pine, offering a pleasant combination of sun and shade. Vibrant wildflowers fill the open meadows each summer.
Just 45 minutes away is Yosemite Valley, an awe-inspiring landscape containing many of the famous features for which Yosemite National Park is known. Hiking trails and bike paths are abundant in the valley. Rafting the Merced River is a fun way to cool down on a summer day when water levels are sufficient. Yosemite Valley also offers numerous guided bus tours, educational programs, museums, ranger-led activities, and an art center with workshops. The Tioga Road offers a 39-mile scenic drive past forests, meadows, lakes and granite domes. Tuolumne Meadows embodies the high-country of the Sierra Nevada, with its broad sub-alpine meadows and granite domes and peaks. Other sites of interest include the beautiful Hetch Hetchy Reservoir. It's home to spectacular scenery and numerous wilderness trailheads. Glacier Point has sweeping views of Yosemite Valley, Little Yosemite Valley, Half Dome, Vernal and Nevada Falls and Clouds Rest, among other notable landmarks. Wawona and the Pioneer Yosemite History Center is like stepping back in time.
Charges & Cancellations
Cancellation of individual site reservations will be charged a $10 service fee. If the cancellation is within 48 hours of the arrival date, the first night's fee will also be charged. Cancellation of a group site reservation will incur a $10.00 service fee plus the first night’s use fee when the reservation is cancelled within 14 days of the scheduled arrival date. Cancellations for a single night’s use will not be assessed a service fee. No-shows for any type of reservation will be charged a $20 service fee and the first night's fee.
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The campsite was on a slant but not that bad. Bathrooms were clean, check in was seamless. Felt lucky to snag a reservation here!
I stayed in the group camp part of this campground, which was right by a clean pit toilet and a short, slightly uphill walk to the bathrooms that had running water. This is on the outer part of Yosemite National Park, so it's not as crowded as Yosemite Valley. There are hiking trails around. When I was there, there were warnings about a mountain lion being spotted in the campground, so just be aware.
This place was ok. Not much to it and not a lot of amenities. If you need something make sure you bring it with you, it’s a 40 minute drive to the valley. The sites are very close together. We felt like the bathrooms were fine. As long as you’re cool with being close to your neighbors you’ll be good. Rangers come during the weekend mornings to bring coffee and info which was nice. Overall decent experience.
Spacious camground for big or small group, plenty of benches already there. Bear boxes on each designated area to store food and scented items when Area not attended or at night, it is required. Facility with flushing toilets and water for washing dishes/boiling are within few minutes walking distance, so are outhouses. Lovely place with many trees. In terms of getting the permit, you do have to get online and hit the button on the dot of the hour.
camped at site 1 and 97, 1 was out of the way and quiet and 97 was back to back walking through other campsites to get to the car and right next to the bathrooms, had an amazing time, good central location in yosemite that isnt too crowed, free coffee with rangers some mornings, and lots of deer roaming around
This campground is good enough – it was the other campers I didn’t like. We were there on a weekend which likely impacted our experience. It is conveniently located just a couple of miles from the junction of Tioga Rd and the road into Yosemite Valley (about 25 miles), and also a good location if you want to go to Hetch Hetchy.
The sites are a little tight so not much privacy. There was no peace and quiet due to other campers many of whom have no camping etiquette as far as night time parties and noise. Ear plugs were needed. Several walked right through our site (practically through the tent) to get to the bathroom. Ugh. That will startle you up in the middle of the night. If I stay there again I will try something on the outer loop or a week day.
Roads are paved which is nice. Flush toilets, drinking water, picnic table, fire ring food locker. A gas station and small general store are eight miles away at Crane Flat which is a plus for a longer stay. Showers are in the valley and there is typically a wait on busy days.
I recommend in the spring that you visit Hetch Hetchy, which also has spectacular waterfalls and is not so crowded. If you can handle a longer day hike – go all the way to Rancheria falls. Otherwise to Wapama falls and back is about 5.5 miles.
Campsite was nice, close to the entrance. Gives you access to the valley and the northern part of the park. Facilities were decent.
Stayed here on the last day of a trip to Yosemite. Campsites were nice and clean. A bit close but that seems to be the norm. Quiet campground and close to the park entrance. Would stay here again.
We were lucky to have booked a good spot on this camp. It's very lively with other campers laughing and playing music. Would recommend!
we got this spot unexpectedly. there was a time when bots grabbed up all the sites in yosemite and you'd have to deal with scalpers and high prices. then the rangers caught on and put an end to that nonsense. we happened to catch this site just as they released them after the bot battle. score! this campground worked out perfectly for us. just inside the park, big spaces, nice facilities, hikes. we had no idea what it would be like but it was really nice. our site backed up to the meadow and we would stroll there in the morning light and it was beautiful! i slept in the hammock one night and just as the light broke through a small group of deer meandered by. it was a small, quiet, magical moment.
ps. most of the photos are on my camera so i'll have to come back to this with better ones