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South Fork Campground

About

National Forest

Stanislaus National Forest

__South Fork Campground is on a low elevation site near the confluence of the South Fork Tuolumne River and the Tuolumne Wild & Scenic River__approximately one mile from Lumsden Campground and Lumsden Bridge Campground, within the Tuolumne-Lumsden Recreation Area.Each site has a picnic table and a campfire pit with a grill. A vault toilet is available in the campground. Untreated water available from river, if running. Treating water before drinking is recommended.CAUTION - BURNED AREA Please use caution while in theRim Fire Burned Area.Potential hazards include loose and falling rocks, flash floods, and debris flows.Trees may have been weakened from fire damage and ongoing drought and may fall at any time.Stay on designated roads and trails and within opened areas.Be alert for falling objects and do not linger around large trees.Avoid the area during high winds or heavy rain.

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Location

South Fork Campground is located in California

Detail location of campground

Directions

From Groveland travel approximately 7.5 miles east to Ferretti Road. Turn left (north) onto Ferretti Road. Travel 1 mile and turn right (east) onto Lumsden Road/Forest Route 1N10 off of Ferretti Road. Travel approximately 5.5 miles to the campground which is located on the right (south) side of the road.RVs and trailers are not recommended on Lumsden Road/Forest Route 1N10.Lumsden Road from Lumsden Bridge to Forest Route 1N10 is closed December 15 to April 15 according to the Motorized Travel Management Plan.Lumsden Road is subject to closure during inclement weather.

Coordinates

37.839706 N
120.045765 W

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Access

  • Drive-In
    Park next to your site
  • Walk-In
    Park in a lot, walk to your site.
  • Hike-In
    Backcountry sites.
  • Boat-In
    Sites accessible by watercraft.

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  • WiFi
    Good
  • Verizon
    Available
  • AT&T
    Unknown
  • T-Mobile
    Good

Site Types

  • Tent Sites
  • RV Sites
  • Standard (Tent/RV)
  • Group

Features

For Campers

  • Firewood Available
  • Toilets
  • Alcohol

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3 Reviews

Kealan B.
Reviewed Feb. 20, 2022

Risky but Rewarding

Take a left onto Feretti off 120 and after 2 miles take a right onto Lumsden rd. Do not attempt to enter this road if your vehicle has less than 6-8in of clearance or is in any way unreliable. Lumsden rd takes you all the way down the valley on a long, rocky dirt path for about 20-30 minutes where you will get spit out right next to the raft launch and Lumsden campground. Keep driving past Lumsden campground over the concrete bridge and you’ll reach South Fork Campground.

DO NOT TAKE THE FIRE ROAD OFF 120 IT IS CLOSED AND HAS NO PULLOFFS

The campground itself is somewhat barren, not many trees but being close to the river is nice. The toilets are clean and the fire pits are well maintained, each site also has bear boxes. We went during the weekday before rafting season and before they are charging per night, so we had no neighbors until we were packing out on the last day (Sat). Overall a great experience while having the valley to ourselves for a couple nights, not sure how great it would be if crowded.

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  • Review photo of South Fork Campground by Kealan B., February 20, 2022
  • Review photo of South Fork Campground by Kealan B., February 20, 2022
  • Review photo of South Fork Campground by Kealan B., February 20, 2022
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Reviewed Nov. 11, 2020

Secluded!

We drove into the campground on a Friday night and were surprised to see that the 5.5mi dirt road was on the side of the mountain and had a lot of ruts. We were driving a Prius Prime with low ground clearance, so it took us nearly an hour to get down to the campground from Hwy 120. Others driving a truck and a Chevy Suburban passed us pretty quickly during turnouts.

Though 4WD or higher ground clearance is not required, I would recommend it! Otherwise, be prepared for a slow drive down to the campground.

Campsites are free, and the facilities are pretty bare bones (you have a picnic table, a fire pit, and a bear box at each site plus a single toilet at the campground entrance), but we got excellent views of the stars and were the only group at the campground. I definitely recommend this campground if you're looking to get away from everything and everyone.

Other than the unexpectedly difficult drive down (for a sedan/Prius), we all enjoyed this campground. We will be returning in a more appropriate vehicle in the future.

  • Review photo of South Fork Campground by Fidel , November 11, 2020
  • Review photo of South Fork Campground by Fidel , November 11, 2020
  • Review photo of South Fork Campground by Fidel , November 11, 2020
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Reviewed Sep. 4, 2019

Cool spot

Chill spot Has a “tent only” area with about 6 spots and a lot of other spots for small trailers and tents

Frequently Asked Questions

Does South Fork Campground have wifi?

No, according to campers on TheDyrt.com, South Fork Campground does not have wifi.