17 RV Parks near Ahwahnee, California
Jul 2017 - $50.00
The wifi was unusable at our site. No cable. Nothing here but dirt and weeds. Terrifying road entering and leaving which is brutal on the brakes. Garbage has to be taken to a dumpster by yourself with a super heavy hot lid clipped down. Only two washers. Campground is being closed permanently oct. 31 2017. Only overpriced cabins will remain. The area is so full of ground squirrel holes I rolled an ankle more than once. It's more expensive than a KOA for nothing to do. Crooked, unlevel sites. No shade! - WhiskerCamping
May 2017 - $45.00
Wanting a spot as a base camp for going to Yosemite, we selected Sierra Meadow. When we called, they were super-busy dealing with a wedding but managed to reserve us a spot. While the road leading to the campsite is twisty, it's really not bad at all. The RV sites are asphalt with grassy areas between them, all fairly level. Ours didn't have a picnic table, but we asked for one and it was delivered quickly. No firepit/grill. Hookups worked well, and there was good WiFi and good Verizon signal. Men's restrooms/showers were under repair, with spotty availability; women's was nice. The laundry room was open and nice. The management people we encountered were nice and helpful. The park was very quiet. We would likely stay at Sierra Meadows again, but not as a base camp to explore Yosemite... it's too far away. - RobtL
May 2017 - $50.00
Off the beaten path with no frills. If you want to be in the quiet, off the beaten path with basic electric, water, sewer then this is your place. You can get verizon cell coverage because a tower is directly behind us and the wifi is ok. The drive in was slow going but not hazardous. It is only a few miles off the main road but if you want an easy on/off this is not your place. Not much going on, you are on your own to check in and find a spot (places with or without trees for your sat). The roads are not big so there are tight turns in the park to get around but you can make wide, on the grass, sweeps. Very pretty grassy and natural environment. Don;t think we would come back. Not a great value to us. - FrancisandRenee
Oct 2017 - $20.00
Not really big rig friendly, but you can get a few on the lower level. This park was put in long before slides so with 4 you will need to overhang into another space. There is an upper section but it is mostly permanents and would not attempt to go up there unless I had a very small RV. The lower level starts off narrow and at the end has room for about 4 larger rigs if you take 2 spaces. Wi-Fi was not working and the water pressure is really low (25lbs), only saw 30 AMP service at the boxes. One of the local members said they were looking at improvements so made the case for re-doing the lower section to be more big rig friendly and adding a dump station (there is no dump station today). - sheltieRV
Apr 2016 - $15.00
The other reviews pretty much summed this place up. I just want to add that there is a good strong free wifi signal (I'm using to write this review) available from the Elks Club. The water tastes pretty bad, if you don't have a good filter system, bring bottled water. We called ahead of time to see if space was available and received a return call a short time later. Host said," he never saw the place completely full." Passport America price for non-members is $15.00 a night.. - john5079
Jul 2015 - $30.00
General info: This is a no-frills location to camp. It really is no more than a dirt/gravel lot with electricity and water hook-ups (no sewer or dump available on site). No on-site staff, so the payment is do it yourself style by placing a check for the correct amount into an envelope provide where you write your personal info, as well as your vehicle(s) and dates of stay. You then drop the envelope down a mail slot.
The Good: There are large trees nearby that provide some shade. It is very close to the entrance to Yosemite, off of hwy 41. It feels secluded and lonely, but it's well lit. Sites have available wood picnic tables. Checkout time is a generous 6pm!
The Bad: Completely dirt/gravel, so expect some dust in summer or mud during rain/snow season. Poor weed removal maintenance. Upper level has low hanging oak branches, which would probably damage taller rigs. Lower level is fine and easy to maneuver. 30 amp only. Low water pressure. No amenities (cable TV, pool, etc.
If we were going back to Yosemite, we would probably camp here again. It's worth the money for no frills when compared to other parks on our trip. - ADMD
Jul 2017 - $45.00
To my eye, this park looks nothing like the pictures featured online. The main interior road is too narrow for comfortably driving in and out with a bigger rig. While I occasionally have to back in our 38 ft Class A, I can't remember ever having such tight quarters in which to try to turn. While we had full hookups, the cable connection was located on the other side of our coach, away from all the other utilities Good thing we have 50-ft. length of coax or we would have been out of luck. The cable TV was pretty decent with a lot of channels. WI-FI (via Tengonet) was slow and often unavailable. The water pressure seemed a bit on the low side, and the electric voltage was definitely lower than it should have been. I realize that the park was close to full and the temperature was in triple digits by late afternoon each day, but RV park should be equipped to deal with these conditions. You had better like waking up at 6 am or so because right behind the park is some sort of business using heavy equipment that they very loudly crash and bang early weekday mornings. If you have dogs, they better like doing their business on gravel because there is next to no grass anywhere here. There is one strip of grass outside the park entrance but so many dogs have left their piles there that it is nearly impossible to safely navigate it. Worst of all, when you approach the park entrance, the first thing you see is a lot full of weeds---and ratty old, apparently deserted RV's and old trucks, etc. Very unappealing. On the plus side, the office staff is very friendly and helpful and this location is only about 20 minutes or so from Yosemite. - dhaney1944
May 2017 - $45.00
Very friendly and helpful staff. Pictures on website do not accurately portray the park. Premium sites are very close and have dirt tent sites right below them. Across the river you look at a large industrial building with trucks parked in a parking lot. Bathrooms and showers are dismal. - 2222
May 2017 - $42.00
Easy to get in if you turn on Golden Oak Dr off of CA 426. Interior navigation is tight. Sites are very close together. Only a couple sites will work for satellite. Wifi very slow. Verizon signal is strong. Utilities worked fine. Office personnel very nice and very helpful. Laundry has two each washer and dryer but only one working when we were here. About as close to Yosemite NP as you will get for a big rig and full hook-ups. There is a picnic table and fire ring but the tight site puts them about 2-3 feet from your rig. - cwier
Sep 2010 - $20.00
Summerdale Campground is located in the Sierra National Forest one and a half mile south of Yosemite National Park entrance on Hwy 41. The CG is a single loop around a grassy meadow full of wildflowers and shade for most sites is provided by Cedar, Fir and Cottonwood trees. This campground offers good fishing and cool summertime temperatures. I gave it a 7 rating not because of facilities but because of the setting and site size. All sites have tables, fire rings and grills. About half the sites are 20-footers with the balance being 30 and 40-foot pads. The campground loop is narrow and might be difficult to negotiate for a very long trailer. Motorhomes should disconnect their toads when checking in. The camp host isn't real friendly and is hardly ever around so if you have a need get to him when you see him. Water bibs (with threads) are scattered throughout the loop. Vault toilets. No showers or dump station. The sites are rustic and very pretty and could be a good option for Yosemite NP visitors who don't have a reservation in the Park. Reservations can be made between Memorial Day and Sept 30 but not for a specific site number. This CG qualifies those with a senior discount pass for a $10 rate. - exportman
Aug 2015 - $16.00
Campground, is in the Sierra National Forest, on Bass Lake, We only stayed here because we couldn't get a site IN Yosemite
While we made a reservation on Recreation.gov, we checked in to find that the site we had reserved on line, was already occupied and we possibly would not fit into anyways. We were told to go in & find a site, then come back to register, this actually turned out much better for us. Sites are fully wooded with paved parking pads, there are no hookups, but there is a dump station & water fill.
Our site was sort of level, and narrow, strangely laid out as there was a drop off on one side and the road on the other side, the picnic table and fire ring were near the front of the site. Site was well separated from each other.
Bathrooms with flush toilets were clean, but there are no showers.
The campground is laid out on a side hill withing walking distance from the Lake.
Due to the driving distance to Yosemite, I doubt we would stay here again. - bukhrn
Aug 2012 - $39.00
Nice state campground off Bass Lake. Walking distance to lake from sites and nearby Forks store and restaurant. Clean site and flush toilets. No showers. Only downside is there are limited water faucets accessible and no hookups. Stayed in sites 20 and 21 and were great for 2 families and secluded. Would stay here again. Cell phone reception was pretty decent. - JLBL
Sites: 80 | Recent Rate: $$$$ | 43 Reviews
Oct 2017 - $45.00
This could be such a great park has so many amenities but really falls short. Mostly it's poorly maintained. The grout in the bathrooms is gross dirty. Really needs a bleach bath. The laundry room really dirty. The TV cable is broken and they have no intentions of repairing. The retro trailers don't even have cable to tv's. We were able to pull in a few channels from our trailer. The Deli shuts down early Oct. The pads are dirt and gravel and very unlevel. Our friends stayed in a 30 ft Airstream which turned out to be an old Fleetwood look a like. Their propane gas ran out at night after office closed. There is no after hours number. We happened to have a portable heater we loaned them otherwise they were going to sleep in their car with the motor running. It was 30 degrees out!!! No hot water as well. They obviously don't check that before they leave so don't rent a trailer in winter. The trail around park is blocked so don't bother. The park is not flat it's on a hill. Don't choose spot near petting farm you will smell manure. To me these are all easy fixes which could take it to the next level! On a positive note close to park, mostly shady. The office people are nice. - Ncogneeedo
Aug 2017 - $77.00
Just finished a four night stay here. Like others have said, this park is under renovation. Our stay was very pleasant, the sight was very nice, fairly level and a excellent patio right outside our door. The staff was friendly, and we frequently saw park personnel touring the park. There is a dog park which was an unexpected surprise. The power was reliable, the water was clean although a little low on pressure at 30 PSI. The Wifi signal was good and streamed Pandora with no interruptions. This park is more of a rustic place with modern amenities consistent with the forested surrounding. It is not a barren, concrete paved RV parking lot with no character. If that's your preference, you probably wont like it here. Overall, we really enjoyed our stay and will return. - JP-JP
Jun 2017 - $51.00
This is our third stay at an RVC Outdoor Destination park. This park is a work in progress. The bathrooms, laundry room, and office are newly renovated, kept very clean and are definitely up to RVC standards. The pool was clean and the pool furniture appeared to be new. The staff was amazing - very friendly and helpful. Unfortunately, there is a lot of work to be done to bring the campsites up to RVC standards. The sites are close together, unlevel and not well kept. The setup of the loop we were in required us to back up, out of our pull-thru site, in order to exit, as the previous exit road was permanently closed after septic lines were installed. This left only a narrow road on a curve that was blocked by trees on one side, with low hanging branches, and vehicles extending from other sites. We saw other campers having trouble exiting as well. Although our 5th wheel was under the 40' maximum limit, our truck only fit because we were on an end site. We were also able to open all 3 slideouts, but it was a tight fit. They still have a long way to go with regard to the campsites. The entrance to the park is hard to find, as there are no signs prior to the entry. This park has a lot of potential. I hope they continue with their renovations, bringing the park up to full RVC standards. - JPFRetired
Jul 2017 - $15.00
Nice wooded park. There are pull-throughs if you desire easy access, back-ins amongst the trees if you are looking for a more rustic experience. All hook-ups worked well, including cable tv. Clean but small swimming pool, clubhouse, and kids game rooms. Park offers some meals (extra cost but very reasonable) during busy times. Good wifi in certain places within the park, Verizon cell service fair. Certainly not the parks fault, but they did have to cut down a number of dead trees due to the drought years which just ended. - morganhillers1
Nov 2016 - $180.00
This is an amazing park! We stayed in a 3 bedroom cabin with ALL the amenities (kitchen, living room, dining room, washer/dryer, cable tv, 2 bathrooms (including a garden tub which my wife loved), and a fenced yard!) Staff was friendly and welcoming. Clubhouse(s) were warm and inviting (the kid's clubhouse kept the garndkids busy for hours! Roads are narrow but show me mountains that don't have narrow winding roads...it adds to the charm (you just have to know how to drive and drive for your conditions)! RV sites seem very easy to get into as the roads around them are very wide with plenty of room to back in or pull through. I have a 40' motorhome and would not hesitate to bring it next time (and I DEFINITELY will come back!) The RV sites are gravel but that doesn't bother me...I AM camping after all...if I wanted a concrete pad and manicured lawns I would stay @ home. I agree the speed bumps are big but they are there to keep the speed down and everyone safe...they work! Unfortunately, the beetles have invaded millions of trees in the area (to no fault of any land owners) and hundreds of trees are lost daily. This is part of nature and more will grow in the place of those lost. This resort is better than staying in crowded Yosemite (which for us was only 1/2 hour drive in the snow!) I can't say enough about this place and am looking forward to making happy memories for my grandchildren here...I just wish I found it when my kids were little. - Camper Craig
Oct 2016 - $60.00
We camped here in a 45' motorhome. We stayed a week in October 2016. Never again. The park is old and is neglected. It IS NOT BIG RIG FRIENDLY despite what they will tell you on the telephone. The website photos were obviously taken long ago! The roads are very narrow and difficult to maneuver. Tree branches are low and low shrub branches extend into the road. Tree leaves / branches rested on the top of our coach at our site and that was after me cutting a large branch prior to parking. The asphalt roads are beginning to crumble - see uploaded pic. Pads are 60 percent crushed rock DUST and 40 percent rock. When you pull into your spot, there is an instant dust storm. The sites are also VERY small / extremely narrow, not well leveled and are first come first serve. Even if when you make reservations and you tell them you are in a big rig, they will not hold a spot for you so it is a crapshoot at best. The price of $60 a night is extremely high in consideration of the park's condition and it is going to get worse as ALL THE PINE TREES are dying due to pine beetle infestation in the area (very sad). The park's interior roads have the worst speed bumps ever as previously mentioned because they are large and are not perpendicular to the road, but at a 45 degree angle which causes your rig to rock horribly. Disappointed this campground has affiliation with Good Sam's Club. My wife said the restrooms are old and dungeon-like and not clean - trash not emptied, body hair in shower, etc. Last truth - at least 50 percent of the sewer connections have no threads to receive a secure sewer connection plus they are not vertical. They raise out of the ground and then turn 90 degrees - see uploaded pic. We saw some folks using duct tape in an attempt to hold their (leaking) sewer connection in place! Wish we had heeded other's advice and not stayed here! - God Bless America
Mar 2015 - $23.00
This is a National Forest Service government campground. We camped off-season in March, and all nearby NFS campgrounds were closed, except for a small part of Lupine (a large campground). The reservation link incorrectly listed it as closed.
We had a level site in an area with large trees - very attractive. Most other sites in the loop were deep and reasonably level. Our truck-trailer total length is 39 feet and we fit with some room to spare. We have an 18' travel trailer, and larger RVs may have difficulty finding a space to park their truck or towed vehicle. Logs and very low fences prevent off-road parking. Rest rooms were clean with flush toilets. The camp hosts were friendly and helpful.
Bass Lake (March, 2015) was very low, with maybe a hundred feet of dry land between docks of lakeside homes and water. The host said water may be added to the lake later, but was not sure because of the drought.
First timers: Be careful to go to the South side of the lake. The North side (Road 274) has only one RV campground (per RVParkReviews), and there are few places for RVs with a large turning radius to turn around. Go to the Visitor Info kiosk in Oakhurst and get a Yosemite Sierra Visitors Bureau Visitors Guide for a local map. One approach is to drive East on Road 426 from Oakhurst, veering left at the 426/223 intersection, and then veering right at the 426/222 intersection. Road 222 and adjacent roads were not displayed on our late model top-of-the-line Garmin GPS.
We spent one night at this campground, and would stay again. There were no hookups, but there was a nearby water faucet. I don't remember if we had a picnic table or fire ring as we arrived late and left early, but assume both are available. Cost was about $23. I forgot the exact amount. A tax was added, so the cost is not an even dollar. Bring change with you. - Jim22
Jun 2010 - $12.00
I was a member here for a couple years. Read all the reviews. Agree with most. Our take is Bass Lake offers a lot of activities. A lot to do: trails, fishing, take the boat out, Pines Village. If you have a car go to Oakhurst and Coarsgold, and Yosemite. The campground can be noisy and what the other member said, the staff can be really rude. They really try to sell you a membership if you are not a current member. Wish they would spend the due money on improvements. It is true sites can be hard to back into. Lots of trees and a small hike, but it's scenic. The manager can be rude and direct at times. You have to come right back at him. It is a nice campground and we would go back. Gets real crowded during the holidays, but what campground doesn't. Have to book way in advance. - tobieollie
May 2009 - $20.00
Excellent campground - spacious sites, many with a good view of the lake. - IanS
Sep 2009 - $20.00
We stayed on site #39 which was fairly flat but there's only room for 2 tents, the others are located in uneven ground. The bathrooms were about 70' from our tents and one was flooded and filthy, the other was OK. Since lots of people were using those toilets (flush) sometimes there was a wait. It was an easy walk to the lake which is very beautiful but rather small. We went on Labor Day weekend and there were lots of boats all over with noisy sea-dos. Also lots of people on the trails. There's a quiet time from 10PM but it was not enforced and people partied until the wee hours of the morning. No one told them to be quiet after 10PM. The parking attendant was checking the sites every day without failing. There were limited parking spaces per site and each car must be registered. Overall it was good, but I personally like quiet campgrounds. - renaelindsay
Sep 2006 - $19.00
Beautiful heavily wooded location. Some sites have a view of Bass Lake. Adjacent to Millers Landing which offers showers, store, marina, and grill. They have sites which can accommodate a 40 footer, but it will be a tight squeeze both on the road and in the site. The friendly camp host sells firewood and each site has a fire ring. No hookups, and bring a water-thief to fill your tanks. - morganhillers
May 2017 - $26.00
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. - Ugly SAM
Apr 2015 - $35.00
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. - KShipps
Apr 2015 - $13.00
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. - GrammaGinny