We loved camping at Ohanapecosh! We got lots of helpful information at the visitor center. Even though it was a weekday off-season, the campground was totally full 30 minutes after check-in. Walk up only after Labor Day. You circle the campground looking for an open spot, then pay your fee at an electronic kiosk outside the visitor center.
An interpretive nature trail to hot springs leaves from directly behind the visitor center. Camp host sells firewood from a truck, $7 per bundle. Sites were all beautiful and private… sites closest to the creek seemed coveted. Marvelous night sky!
We were glad this was our destination. Takes 45 minutes to drive to Paradise from here.
CAMPFIRES ARE NOT ALLOWED HERE. Not even in the fire rings at each site!
We enjoyed seeing LOTS of wildlife in Pinnacles from our campsite: California quail scurrying up a hill, mule deer, and raptors of all kinds. Lots of nocturnal animal activity!
But the campsites themselves were dispersed around a parking lot -- not much more to it, and very little shade or barrier between sites. Quiet hours were not enforced at all. People were loud through the night.
Wrong name was written on our placard so we worried all night that someone would accuse us of taking their spot, even though we had reserved. and pre-paid for the one we were in. Camping host was indifferent to this error.
Great National Park, though, and seemed to be the only camping option in the area.
A beautiful campground, but not enough facilities for the amount of people booked here. We prepaid but weren't told which site we'd be in until arrival. They assigned a campsite in loop D where there was only one bathroom for the dozens of campsites in this loop, and the only way to access it was to walk along a road for cars (no paths cutting through to the center of the campground as most campsites have for a loop). Worrisome in the middle of the night. We were not given a choice in our own campsite, and it's clear whoever assigned the sites didn't check to make sure they were inhabitable.
We arrived late in the evening, and it had been raining that day…our campsite that was assigned to us was completely flooded. We were frustrated that this campground didn’t consider booking people into dry sites instead of just the closest ones. There are only three showers for all of the campground and every loop to share. See annotated map. Not recommended.