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Wawona Campground (NPS Campground)

Yosemite National Park, California


Wawona Rd
Yosemite National Park, California 95389
Phone: Click to view

Sites: 93
Recent Rate: $$$$

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Latitude: 37.54734
Longitude: -119.67857

Elevation: 3921' (approx.)
Park Features
  • Pull-thru Sites Pull-thru Sites yes
  • Pets Allowed Pets Allowed yes
  • Big Rig Access Big Rig Access no
  • Tent Camping Tent Camping yes
  • 55+ Only 55+ Only no
  • Kid Friendly Kid Friendly yes
  • Boondocking Boondocking no
  • Cabins / Cottages / Yurts Cabins / Cottages / Yurts no
  • Dump Station Dump Station yes
  • Group Camping Group Camping yes
  • Water Spigot Water Spigot yes
Hookups
  • Full Hookup Full Hookup no
  • Electric (50 AMP) Electric (50 AMP) no
  • Electric (30 AMP) Electric (30 AMP) no
  • Sewer Sewer no
  • Public Phone Public Phone no
  • Water Water no
  • Cable/Sat. TV Hookup Cable/Sat. TV Hookup no
Connectivity
  • WiFi WiFi no
  • ATT Cellular Provider ATT
  • Verizon Cellular Provider Verizon
  • Sprint Cellular Provider Sprint
  • T-Mobile Cellular Provider T-Mobile
Amenities
  • Restrooms Restrooms no
  • Showers Showers no
  • Laundry Facilities Laundry Facilities no
  • Camp Store Camp Store yes
  • Pet Area Pet Area no
  • Propane Available Propane Available yes
  • Cafe / Snack Bar Cafe / Snack Bar no
  • Clubhouse Clubhouse no
  • Firewood Available Firewood Available yes
  • Group Kitchen Group Kitchen no
  • Horse Camp Horse Camp no
  • Landing Strip Landing Strip no
  • Picnic Shelter Picnic Shelter no
  • Restrooms: vault Restrooms: vault no
Recreation
  • Pool Access Pool Access no
  • Playground Playground no
  • Recreational Trails Recreational Trails yes
  • Rec Room Rec Room no
  • Casino Casino no
  • Fishing Fishing ?
  • Beach Beach no
  • Biking Biking yes
  • Boating Boating no
  • Golf Golf yes
  • Gym/Workout Facilities Gym/Workout Facilities no
  • Horseshoes Horseshoes no
  • Mini-Golf Mini-Golf no
  • Outdoor Courts Outdoor Courts no
  • Pickleball Pickleball ?
  • Water Access Water Access yes

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14 Reviews

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Review Count: 28
States Visited: 9
Helpful Reviews: 3

Date of Stay: October, 2018 - $18.00
Overall Rating:

Great NPS campground in the park about 45 minutes from Yosemite Valley. Situated by a nice river (not a lot of water int he fall), the sites are fairly roomy. It's much easier to get reservations here during the season. The price drops to $18 a night and is first come first served after 10/15. We camped at Wawona Campground (NPS Campground) in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
11
Site Surface
Gravel
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
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Review Count: 28
States Visited: 9
Helpful Reviews: 3

Date of Stay: May, 2017 - $26.00
Overall Rating:

This is a nice place to stay outside the valley. Less than a mile away is a hotel where you can have a drink and listen to an awesome piano player most nights. It's not not super close to all the regular tourist things. Not the best place to stay during busy times. It's right by the river. We camped at Wawona Campground (NPS Campground) in a Tent Trailer.

Clean Restrooms
Clean Showers

Site Details

Campsite
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Other
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
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Review Count: 4
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 2

Date of Stay: April, 2015 - $35.00
Overall Rating:

Lovely campground right on the river. Just a 30 minute drive to the valley. There is a pretty busy road right above the campground. The noise wasn't too bad, but it made walking anywhere a little hazardouse. No hiking trails right from the campsite, you pretty much need to drive everywhere. The sites are very small and we didn't have much of a "patio" area to set up on, had to walk around the opposite side to get to our fire pit and you share a common area. Overall, nice and quite and away from the crowds of the valley. No hookups and only port-a-potties but they were clean. We camped at Wawona Campground (NPS Campground) in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
18
Site Surface
Dirt
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tips for other Campers:

Mariposa Grove is very close, definitely spend a day there to enjoy the giant sequoias.

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Review Count: 4
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 2

Date of Stay: April, 2015 - $13.00
Overall Rating:

Needing a nice National Park experience. There are no hookups, so you are "dry camping." We did have cell phone service. The sewer dump and clean water tank fill station is located 2 miles away down Forest Road in Wawona "town." South fork of Merced River right there in camp for water play. No trails in campground. We were too early for ranger "fire" talks in the evening. We camped at Wawona Campground (NPS Campground) in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
59
Site Surface
Gravel
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tips for other Campers:

Don't drive your motorhome down Forest Road to access the Swinging Bridge trail. It is one way driveway width with a few turnouts. Better to walk from parking at the store. But, walking is the way to sightsee here. Walked the 3.5 Meadow Loop which starts across the street from the hotel. We also took the free shuttle bus from the store to the Mariposa Giant Sequoia grove. Lots of trails through this unique forest. Up and down walking.

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Review Count: 89
States Visited: 22
Helpful Reviews: 36

Date of Stay: April, 2014 - $10.00
Overall Rating:

We stayed in Yosemite for 4 weeks, 2 weeks at Wawona. We really liked the campground and the area. We had a site along the river and our 30' 5th wheel fit easily, though the site was seriously unlevel. The sites varied a lot, some were very large and private, others less so, but overall the campground had a great feel and was way less busy and noisy than the valley campgrounds. We camped at Wawona Campground (NPS Campground) in a Fifth Wheel.

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Review Count: 85
States Visited: 36
Helpful Reviews: 16

Date of Stay: September, 2013 - $20.00
Overall Rating:

This campground is located in the southern end of the park and it requires a 30-45 minute drive to reach the valley. I carefully researched the site's sizes since we have a 30' toy hauler travel trailer and I wanted to make sure we got a site large enough. The site we selected, #72 was for up to a 35' trailer. When we arrived, we discovered the site was basically a wider spot in the road where we had to parallel park our trailer. Because of the placement of a tree on the opposite side of the road and the fact the trailer in front of us was 1' into our space, we could not fit. After numerous attempts, I decided to go the wrong way on the access road and got us into the spot. The site was 13" off level side to side and we could not deploy our slide since the site was only 110" wide. The next day we found an empty site to move into that worked much better for us. I was disappointed in the campground since it was tight with no privacy between sites. Since this was our first national park experience, I have no point of comparison. We camped at Wawona Campground (NPS Campground) in a Travel Trailer.

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Review Count: 14
States Visited: 5
Helpful Reviews: 2

Date of Stay: September, 2012 - $10.00
Overall Rating:

Rate reflects senior access pass discount. Loop A is a grassy circle next to the roadway with group and single camp sites. Not as nice as Loop C, but smaller number of sites mean less people around. Great place to get to the Mariposa grove and Glacier Point areas. No showers, but the restrooms were clean and had kitchen washing stations. The local Pine Tree Market in Wawona has most basic groceries including fruits and veggies. No AT&T cell coverage. We camped at Wawona Campground (NPS Campground) in a Travel Trailer.

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Review Count: 12
States Visited: 6
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: July, 2012 - $20.00
Overall Rating:

We camped in site 16 on loop A. You basically share the area with sites 14 and 18. As a result we made friends with our neighbors and shared meals together. The rangers are very friendly and the bathrooms were clean. We could see and hear the creek from our site but we were not on the creek side. It is a hour drive into Yosemite Valley but there is a small grocery mart just a few minutes down the road at the Wawona hotel. There is a golf course there too. I would have given it a 10 if there were showers. Closest showers are at Housekeeping camp or Curry Village. We would definitely camp here again if we go back to Yosemite. We loved that it was not in the hustle and bustle of the valley. We camped at Wawona Campground (NPS Campground) in a Tent Trailer.

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Review Count: 11
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 2

Date of Stay: September, 2011 - $10.00
Overall Rating:

Originally we had tried to get a campsite in Yosemite Valley but they were full and we're so glad they were. Otherwise, we would have missed staying at this wonderful campground. We had site #17, with the Merced River right in our front yard! The location of the campground was perfect too. A small market and gas station were about 1/2 mile away where we were also able to catch a free shuttle to the Mariposa Grove. The Yosemite Valley and Glacier Point were both a 45 minute drive. We highly recommend skipping the crowds in the Valley and staying at peaceful, uncrowded Wawona. We camped at Wawona Campground (NPS Campground) in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 14
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 2

Date of Stay: May, 2011 - $20.00
Overall Rating:

If you like dry camping in the mountains, beside a river, then this place is perfect! The temperatures were low-mid 70s during the day, low 40s at night. The river was gushing, which swimmers ought to be very careful because they can easily get swept away. It took about 45-60 minutes to drive to Yosemite Valley; a little longer than usual because of road construction delays. All of the waterfalls were raging, which is a must-see for anyone. Glacier Point was still closed (due to open in mid-June, according to the rangers). We didn't encounter any bears (probably too early in the season). Some of the RV sites are pretty tight, so make sure your rig isn't too long. Also, if you get a spot along the river, be prepared to do some work getting your rig level because they slope downward toward the riverside. All in all, it was an awesome trip, an awesome camp site and we'll return for sure!!! We camped at Wawona Campground (NPS Campground) in a Travel Trailer.

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Review Count: 51
States Visited: 12
Helpful Reviews: 2

Date of Stay: April, 2010 - $20.00
Overall Rating:

This campground provided a very nice, dry camping experience. Stayed in the A loop which is much more open and friendly to larger rigs, although the C loop did have several very nice sites in among the trees that would accommodate larger rigs. This campground is about 30 miles from the main tourist area in Yosemite Valley, but is much quieter and the overall appearance is cleaner and better maintained. Be sure to do your homework in picking a site, as most sites will definitely not accommodate anything but a tent. We stayed in site 17 with a 30 ft fifth wheel and were pleased with the choice. This will be our choice of campgrounds whenever we visit Yosemite. We camped at Wawona Campground (NPS Campground) in a Fifth Wheel.

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Review Count: 5
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: September, 2008 - $10.00
Overall Rating:

Some sites were really unlevel. A very undeveloped campground (Upper Pines was much better!!!). The staff was not very friendly. Of course there are no hookups and there is no general dump. There is near a river. By the way, if you want to visit the Sequoias go to Sequoia National Park directly. We camped at Wawona Campground (NPS Campground) in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 5
States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: April, 2008 - $18.00
Overall Rating:

I stayed here for 3 nights, site #23 was right near the river. The sound of the water in the evening was very relaxing. I have 5 children, and they really enjoyed walking along the river's edge and exploring everything that they could get their hands on. The Wawona Hotel is nearby, with the Yosemite Pioneer center next door as well. The self guided tour is very interesting. I also went on a hike to Chuinuala Falls, which is a 2.5 mile hike, it was very beautiful. I would recommend staying here anytime. I often camp in upper pines campground in the valley but, there really is something special to experience from Wawona. Oh yeah don't forget to go look at the Mariposa Grove, the Grizzly Giant tree will blow you away. We camped at Wawona Campground (NPS Campground) in a Travel Trailer.

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Review Count: 213
States Visited: 42
Helpful Reviews: 11

Date of Stay: April, 2007 - $10.00
Overall Rating:

We had site #53, a very long pull-off type site that gave us plenty of room for our 30 ft class A and toad. The site was wide enough that our roadside slide didn't feel too exposed and after our levelers jacked us up to get level we were able to get our dining slide open over the large boulders lining the river/meadow side of the site. If we were to do it again we'd probably take the time to turn around so that our awning side would be away from the road even though you'd have to do another 180 to depart in the correct direction on the one-way road. We really liked this site, the meadow area between us and the river was huge with some very nice trees for shade. We liked the Wawona Meadows hike across the street from the Wawona Hotel. One unfortunate drawback was the terrible condition of the road in the campground. It was ridiculously rutted and potholed. There are no hook-ups in this campground and the dump station is a ways down the road near the pioneer museum. Nightly rate reflects the Interagency Senior Pass discount. We camped at Wawona Campground (NPS Campground) in a Motorhome.

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