Heather P.
Piedmont, SC
Joined April 2018
Unless you can't go any further pass this one up

Extremely small campground (5 sites I believe) which I normally like but this campground just had no positives.

Pit toilets were in horrible shape, so as always carry along your own TP and hand sanitizer.

Sites were a complete mess when I drove through.  Garbage was all over the ground, fire rings were filled with junk and trash.

Ground was extremely hard but there were quite a few trees for shade.

The river, well I walked around a bit and explored and I could not hear nor see the river.

No water so if camping here be sure to carry along plenty

Beautiful and peaceful

We traveled in off season (Oct) so several sections of this campground were closed.  But even with that it was super easy to find a great site.

Tons of shade and privacy.  It didn't feel as if you were stacked upon the people next to you.

Flush toilets and pay showers.  Well maintained and super clean.

The camp host kept an eye out for those coming into the campground and did a great job.

A very easy walk to the river for a bit of fishing.

Large sites and few campers

We camped in off season (Oct) so very few campers and many of the sites were open.

This was just a lay over/crash for the night site for us but it got the job done.

I do not recall what site we chose but we did have a fire ring and picnic table.

Flush toilets that were marginally clean.

Does the job, excellent camp host

This campground was just another quick layover for me.

Sites were well maintained, picnic tables, fire rings and bear boxes.  

Running water, flush toilets and at every spigot there was a gallon jug filled for you to use to extinguish your fires.

Bathrooms were clean and well stocked, the camp host walked around to check the sites and be sure everyone had paid.

Was a nice quite site but I was toward the back part of the campground.  I'm sure if you were toward the front part there would be road noise.

crowded and sites are close together

This campground seems more fitted to those using campers more so than those tent camping.

I saw very few tent campers and the RV's and tow behind campers were the majority here.

I managed to grab a decent site, I think it was 36.  Tucked in a wooded area not far from the restrooms.  Which are flush toilets and running water.  Clean and well maintained.

Site was a bit muddy and wasn't that easy to find a level spot for a tent.  A bit of garbage was left on site and trash in the bear box.  All sites have a picnic table, fire ring and bear box.

Noise level was higher than I prefer but then again if I'm not just hearing nature, it's too loud for me.

Pretty lakes, waterfalls and a nice area to venture around.

Traffic in Mammoth can get pretty busy.

Prepare for one hell of a drive, but it is WORTH it!

If you read a few of the other reviews there is mention of the road getting to Mono Hot Springs.  You can't describe enough what a crazy road it is.  Do not take the warnings lightly.  Your first drive down this road will leave you white knuckled.  But so worth it!

I was taking a fly fishing trip in the morning and figured I would camp the night.  All campsites were taken.  But there are tons of other sites that you can just set up camp.  Basically pull off any area and set up camp.

I ended up sharing a campsite with a couple adventure riders for the first night and second night set up camp with the fly fishing guide just off to the side of the main campground.

In the campground each site had a fire ring, cooking area and bear box.

The camp host was amazing and so sweet!  She even gave me some tips on where to fish.

Pit toilets but super clean and no stink at all.  Again the camp host does an amazing job.

They also offer cabins, an amazing restaurant, a little country type store and a spa type area, or so I am told I did not check that out.

There are a couple hot springs you can walk to, again I did not check those out.

I was there for fishing.  

The river runs right close to the campsites and it is amazing fishing, I was told that it gets stocked often.

But the real gem is taking a drive around the roads around the area and finding more hidden fishing spots.

Good for a layover, wouldn't spend a lot of time here

There was nothing really wrong with the campground, and it's fine for a night stay or two but I can't see spending a ton of time here.

I managed to grab site 9 and I guess I just got lucky.  The campground was packed and people were rolling in fast.

Lots of BIG campers and a fair number of tent campers.

Even with a packed campground the site I had was quiet.  Must have been because it was up on a hill.

Sites have picnic tables, fire rings and bear boxes.

Running water, flush toilets and water to refill your bottles or what have you.

There is a river that is easy enough to walk to.  I didn't have time to fish but it did look pretty promising.  There is a site you basically have to walk through to get to the river.  Nice large site.

The deer are all over and not easily spooked.

Beautifully laid out and amazing trees

While I did not camp here, I did drive through and checked out the sites.

I was looking to get a bit further on my driving or I would have happily set up camp.  

I even picked out the site I would have set up camp.  26, huge stump of a tree, bear boxes, fire rings, picnic tables, water on site, flush toilets.  Nice sites for sure.

Some sites are right on top of each other and others are a bit more spread apart.  Drive around and check them all out.

In Mid Sept there were only a handful of campers and the majority were in campers just a few tent campers.

The quiet zone of Yosemite

Loved this campground.  At first, when booking, I was upset I wasn't able to get a site in the Valley area.  After arriving to Yosemite I couldn't be more thrilled to have stayed at Wawona.

Yes, it is a bit of a drive to get to the valley but the drive is beautiful when it is not jammed packed with cars.

I booked site 34 located in loop B.  It's a small site and it is slopped but there is a nice level spot for a smaller tent.

Had decent trees to break up the space between campsites.  With 34 you only have one campsite next to you.  The river is in clear view and a very short walk to get to it.

If you have seen any of my other reviews you will see, I'm all about the fishing so most of my sites, if possible, will be along rivers/streams/creeks.

Each site had a bear box, picnic table and fire ring.  Flush toilets and running water to fill up your containers.  

Even though the campground was filled, you wouldn't have known it.  Very quiet and peaceful.  Some sites are closer to the road and I'm sure have road noise.  34 the only noise was the babbling river.

Long dirt roads often carry you to super camping

Be prepared for a long bumpy ride but it's well worth it!

There are several areas/loops to camp.  Driving in you will cross over a bridge and just up and off to your right you will see the parking area for the hot springs.

To the left just after crossing the bridge is a road you can pull off on and there is excellent fishing.  

I grabbed campsite #28.  There are fire rings and picnic tables. 28 also is close to one of the pit toilets and also has a path down to the river.  It's a bit of a steep grade down to the river but worth it for the solitude while fishing.

Was super quiet even though there were a few campers close by.

Great shade from the trees.

Quiet, calm, peacefull, a hidden gem

Don't confuse Lundy Canyon campground for Lundy Lakes Campground.  

You will actually pass these sites if you head to Lundy Lakes Campground.

This location was suggested to me by a local who told me to just skip on past June Lake campground and some of the more popular ones and I can't even begin to tell you how glad I was to pass those up to come here.

The roads within the campground can be a bit rough,muddy,rocky so if taking a car just take it slow.

I was able to snag a great site, actually it was a double site but luckily no one claimed the joined site.  Was right on the Mill creek which made for some super fun fly fishing for wild brown trout.

Sites have picnic tables, bear boxes and fire rings.  There are pit toilets, did not see any water but there could be and I missed them.

Aspen groves were glorious, the owls at night were beautiful to listen to.

A great, relaxing, pretty unknown campground.

If you enjoy creekside camping and fishing, great spot

I loved the fishing here.  You could tell it has been stocked at the amount of fish that were super easy catching on the fly rod.

Some sites are right on top of each other so drive around and find one that works for you.  Many are creekside.

At first the campground will seem small but the more you drive around the more sites you will find.

No water and only pit toilets.  The site I stayed in did have what looked to be a man made fire ring and there was a picnic table.  I do not recall what site I stayed in.  The markers are not all that clear on some sites.

Unobstructed dark skies, peace and quiet

I chose site#10 and it was perfect.  Was able to hide my tent in a cubby of sorts with the site backing up to a giant boulder.  Had a clear view of the sunset off to the west.

Each site had a fire ring and a picnic table.

Some sites are pretty close together but drive around and you can find one that has plenty of room between you and the next camper(s)

Pit toilets and as many others have said, NO WATER on site.  So be sure to carry along what you need and some extra.

I visited in Mid Sept and it was perfect weather.  Warmer during the day and nice and cool at night.  Just a handful of campers during this time as well.

Just a heads up, LEAVE YOUR HAMMOCK  at home unless you have a stand or plan on tying off to a vehicle or the boulders.  Reading a review below it shows someone using their hammock set up on a Joshua Tree.  Sure it made for a really cool photo but just fyi, yes it is in fact illegal.  Not only that but your damaging the exact thing that you are headed to the national part to enjoy….the Joshua Trees!

Elk watchers paradise

I camped during the Elk Rut and watching the elk come out at dusk was amazing. Hundred of elk at the meadow below. Jawdropping.

Great campsite and great view. Even with plenty of RV's and campers around it was extremely quiet. Each site had a picnic table and fire ring. Sites are pretty close together so just keep that in mind when setting up camp. Bear boxes are there for a reason so use them!

Pit toilet close to my site was fairly clean and stocked. Water was a little bit of a walk but not horrible.

I visited in Oct and during the day it was up in the 60's. The morning I woke up to snow. So again keep that in mind when camping during months that snow can happen.

Secret gem that many do not know about

I've hesitated on if I wanted to post a review about this site or not. It's such a great site that not many seem to know about and sometimes you just want to keep those hidden/sorta secret sites to yourself. But since there is already another review guess I will add mine as well.

By far my most favorite site I've ever camped. It's quite the experience being able to camp at the bottom of this canyon after seeing it from the top side. The river is close for fly fishing, there is no RV's, mostly tent or van/truck camping due to the road being restricted to vehicles under 22'. There is a 16% grade and extremely sharp and narrow curves.

There is only 15 sites in two locations. One is a drive in and has about 8 sites. The other was closed when I arrived but looked like very nice sites as well. Only pit toilets in both and I saw no working water so bring in what you are going to need.

Saw and heard lots of wildlife. Deer for sure and a few bald eagles, the other critters heard and not saw, well who knows but mostly birds. There are bear boxes on site.

Picnic tables and fire rings.

I'm sure as the snow/cold weather comes in this campsite will be closed down due to road conditions so double check before planning a trip to be sure it's open.

And to top it off the fishing here is amazing. So many open areas to climb down to the river and just fish away with no crowds. It was magical! and then to have a Bald eagle watching you, couldn't ask for a better experience!

One last thing, you are at the bottom of the canyon so it is in the shade quite often so meaning it is a bit cooler down there than at the top.

Great campground if you flyfish

The walk to the river was short and there even is a parking area for those who are not camping but want to fish.

Sites were well maintained, restroom and showers were as well.

Picnic tables, fire ring and grill at all sites. Deer wandered around freely and was an extremely restful night.

They offer pull in sites or walk in tent sites. I chose a pull in even though I was tent camping. Had to check out a few sites to be sure there was level/cactus free spot to pitch the tent.

Stunning views & quiet

I thought I would grab a tent only site but after cruising around and checking them out, the views at the tent only sites are not that great.

I ended up choosing a site in the B loop. This loop seemed to have the best views. Even with RV's set up it was pin drop quiet. Picnic tables and a grill at all sites. NO fires were allowed while I was visiting. You sometimes have to search around to find a good site in this loop for a tent but it's not that difficult. Many sites have a short little walk to beautiful overlooks. Catch the sites at sunset and sunrise and you won't be disappointed.

Restrooms were clean and well maintained.

Great site for fishing and cheap

If you are looking for a place to set up that is close to fishing this is your spot. There are a couple sites that are right by the river and a very short walk to wet your hook.

Yes the road noise is noticeable but it's unbearable. I would say just try to find one of the sites closer to the river verses the road.

I don't recall seeing a water faucet but did see one sight with power hook-up. Did it work? I haven't a clue. Only 2 other campers when I set up camp and both were in smaller RV's. Fire rings, picnic table and a fairly level site. Pit toilets that were bearable.

The views and the river is what this campground is all about

Small and cozy enough, your perfect fishing spot

I'll agree with the other posters. Platte River Campground is a great location if you are looking to do some fly fishing. The river is right there and easy access. Or if you want to set up camp here and then drive up/down the road there are tons of fishing spots.

Keep in mind there isn't a store or anything close by so be sure to carry in all you need. I don't recall water on site so better to be safe and carry plenty in.

I went in mid Oct so off season and there was only 2 other campers in the campground. I chose site #8, furthest away from the parking area but also more trees. There was a bit of road noise but not horrible. Was quiet and just a cozy place to stay.

A great site to check out what this campground looks like and how it's laid out is you can check out this video I found useful on YouTube. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mc9JPE53Lf4

It's called the Badlands for a reason

I loved this campground. Now it could easily have been because it was our first official, set up our tent site after 23hrs of driving. But honestly the views were beautiful.

Sites were nice and level for setting up our tents, the sites had a great covered picnic area. And even though we saw quite a few others camping out, it was quiet. We visited in Oct.

The bath houses were clean and well maintained and showers were sure nice to have.

We rolled in around 7pm so was already dark but waking to the morning sunrise was amazing.