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Kerry V.
North Highlands , CA
Joined May 2018
Convenient, Great View

This campground is in the heart of Yosemite Valley. It is great to camp on the valley floor, especially during peak season as traffic from all main gates to the valley floor is very congested. There is a shuttle stop right outside the campground. You are also in easy walking distance to the path to Mirror Lake and the ever popular Mist Trail. Shuttle stops at all valley attractions and you can easily get to the Pizza Deck in Half Dome Village, the deli in Yosemite Village, and many different hiking trails. Some spots are right along the Merced River. No showers here, but hot showers are close by at Half Dome Village. We will be back!

Peaceful and Breezy

Campground right on Nevada Beach shore of Lake Tahoe. Very quiet where we were with little to no traffic noise. We were right near Dog Beach where your pooch can play on the beach unleashed. We camped the first weekend the campground opened. Things were still a bit wet (standing water that we had to use a board to cross to get to the bathrooms) but the beautiful weather and quiet campground made up for it. I wish it opened earlier in the season before Tahoe becomes packed. It was easy to just stay at the camp and avoid the crowds. No showers.

Quiet and Comfortable

We had a HUGE campsite. Not sure of the number. The fire pit and picnic table were up near the camp road, but our site had a huge "dish" that was shaded by large trees where we pitched our tent. We camped in November, and it was cool, but not cold. It had been raining and things were damp, but we were comfortable with jackets and a fire in the evenings. Jackets came off during the sunniest part of the day. We did a short hike. Mostly, we stayed in our site and played tabletop games at the picnic table. We really so no other campers or park workers while we were in our site as it was quite secluded.

Meh

Small spaces but on the beach. Depends what you are looking for. This campground felt cramped to me. Walking on the beach was nice, but not really a swimmable beach due to rocks and huge waves. Bathrooms were clean. No showers. I would chose a different campground next time.

Beautiful, serene, cool

Gorgeous campground in the Redwoods. We have stayed here twice. Once in March and once in July. The shade from the redwoods makes this a cool haven from the hot California summers. Campsites are mostly shaded. Campsites are large with good fire pits and picnic tables. Lots of redwood stumps for the kids to play on. If you plan to hang your hammock, bring extra rope as the trees are SO BIG that regular hammock ropes won't reach around the trees. Spent several afternoons reading in the shade of the redwoods in our hammock with a blanket on top of us. Even the 13-year-old boy fell asleep reading in the hammock. Short walk to a beautiful swimming hole when the sun warmed things up in the afternoon. The closest store is okay for snacks and essentials but not much else. No real restaurants nearby. Be sure to have your cooler fully packed and bring your meals with you. Clean restrooms with coin operated hot showers. Water spigots close by to campsites.

Loud traffic noise, small sites.

This was a "meh" kind of campground. Very loud traffic noise. We wanted to stay at Donner Memorial State Park but were unable to get reservations. We had a nice site right on the river and were able to put our chairs right next to the river and enjoy it … until BUGS! Very buggy. We visited over Labor Day Weekend. Our site was small. We tested our propane heated hot water shower pump and shower enclosure for the first time here. TIP: Let water warm in the sun in a 5 gallon bucket as the ICY and our heater could not even get it to tepid, only cool, but we had an event to go to and needed to shower, so cool showers in the cool morning air it was. This was an okay campground for a stopover or if you are a fisherman. For a quiet getaway with large beautiful campsite … nope. It all depends on what you are looking for.

Clean, secluded, beautiful.

Great campground. We were in a large site and had pleasant neighbors. The restrooms were SUPER clean with flush toilets and hot showers. Short walk to Donner Lake and Donner Museum. There is a small store near the campground, but it doesn't offer much in the way of cooking real meals, just snacks. We did venture forth to a hardware store when we discovered our gas cooking stove had a broken valve. Lots of choices but $$. We made due with cooking over the campfire. Moutain region with cool breezes and warm days in summer (we went in July), but pleasant for sleeping at night. Hot tent during the day! Great pizza place in Truckee if you want to go out for a meal at Village Pizza. Some of the best pizza I have ever eaten, but be prepared to wait a but, but pleasant atmosphere. We are going back in September and will review again. Oh, also GREAT breakfast place nearby The Squeeze Inn … call ahead for breakfast as the waits can be long.

Clean, nice spaces, too much traffic!

This campground is in the heart of South Lake Tahoe. It is right on Highway 50. There is loud traffic noise day and night. This campground is great for visitors to Tahoe who want to stay for cheap and avoid hotels, but it is not the wilderness getaway that some campers like. Restrooms are clean and HEATED. Hot showers are free. Fire pits were in good condition. Sites were flat and clean. We had a large group and were able to book sites close together and used one central campfire location. Campers around us were considerate and quiet. Close to Safeway, right across the street from the lake, near casinos. Short drive to beautiful hiking areas.