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Woodward is our family go to place to camp in the summer heat. Lots of campsites with room for tents or RVs. Fire pits and picnic tables at each site. Plenty of bathrooms, some with showers. Usually somewhat clean. Water feels good when it's 100+ degrees outside. Good prices. And you can bring your dogs.
We drove in after a long day of hiking in Yosemite. This campground is right off of Hwy 120 and makes for a super convenient stop the night before or after visiting Yosemite.
At the time we visited (early Nov 2020) there were no water or trash removal services, but the infrastructure is there. Bathrooms were in poor shape, though I'm not sure if this is due it being the winter season.
Campsites were $16 and included a picnic table, campfire ring, and a bear box. There were plenty of spots within our campsite for three 2-person tents.
I stayed at a super campground on a forest road turn off. There were a couple of other spots taken, but it was off the beaten path and very quiet. I was able to watch the sunset from some rocks across the road. Very nice for a quiet night of solitude and hearing there wind through the trees while falling asleep.
We backpacked to Rancheria camp and stayed for 2 nights. It's about 6 miles from the trailhead, and an incredibly gorgeous hike. It was pretty hot when we went, and a little hazy from wildfires, but still totally worth it.
The camping area itself is pretty big. There were a few other groups camping while we were there, but we hardly knew they were there. The river access was close by, so we could filter water.
We took a day hike to Tiltill valley, and it was so beautiful there. Highly recommended.
There were a lot of bugs, so for the first time ever I used my bug net and was very thankful I had it on this trip.
We camped here for a night before heading to Hetch Hetchy to do some backpacking. It's super close to the Hetch Hetchy entrance, so very convenient if you are trying to get an early start for backpacking. We got in just before sunset on a Friday, and managed to get a walk up site. Campground was pretty full, but as expected in August. Very clean campground. The camp host had wood available for sale. The most memorable part were COWS that had wandered near the campground. We could hear their cowbells through the night, but not in an annoying way.
The Hetch Hetchy Reservoir isn't the most popular part of Yosemite, but it's a great spot. There are a few backpacking options on the north side of the reservoir, so choose the route that best suits you. Be prepared to climb, but water is abundant.
My husband and I stayed here with our 2 dogs, and it was such a peaceful spot. The drive through Ebbets pass is gorgeous, and this campground is pretty much at the top of the pass.
Our site was right on the river, so we had a gorgeous view and sounds of the river to fall asleep to. It is not deep enough for swimming, and also very cold, but nice to put your feet in.
Although middle of summer, we did get caught in some mid-afternoon thunderstorms 2 days in a row. There was even hail. It was pretty chilly at night too.
A few campsites were closed off because of a fallen tree.
This is a first come first serve campground, and it did fill up pretty quickly for the weekend. We got there late morning on a Friday, and were able to get a spot, but it filled up by Friday evening.
Bring TP for the bathroom!! It ran out on Saturday but I think got replenished at some point during the weekend.
Cute small campsites, kind of close to your neighbor. Not a lot of bugs which is always a plus when your near water, we went mid October and the weather wasn’t too hot or too cold. They have flushing toilets and coin operated showers with is nice, but the toilet situation near our campsite was questionable (site 62). Your not as close to the water as you would think looking at the map you need to drive a few minutes to the parking lot. But we found a nice private spot to dunk in the water. No electrical hook up. In some spots the hook ups are far, other sites they have them every few feet.
Near 39 is nice