19 Parks near Groveland, California
Jun 2016 - $45.00
We recently stayed here, we were in a 37' fifth wheel with 3 slides.
Reservation process worked smoothly. We arrived during their lunch hour, and the office closes during lunch. But they had our information posted right on the front door.
Location was easy to find, but if you are driving a larger unit, roads are very curvy and narrow. Postings on the road that units over a certain size aren't advised on the roads.
Our site was great, very private, fairly level. Water, electricity, and sewer all worked ok. Our particular site had large flowering trees around it, which were great for privacy, but also seemed to attract many, many bees. No big deal for us, but if you a concern about bees, you may want to note that when you make your reservations.
Even though the RV park is closed to the highway, we didn't seem to hear any road noise.
There is a pool on site, small but adequate for a quick dip. No hot tub.
We didn't use the wi-fi very much, but had ok reception with our AT&T cell phones.
Many attractions in the area, including caves, state parks, and many wineries. Also, if you are up for a long day trip, can get to the west entrance of Yosemite.
Bathrooms were ok, nothing special, but they were clean. It does seem to be an older park, roads are narrower, but the privacy of many of the sites can't be beat. - KTorline
Apr 2016 - $45.00
We stayed with our camping club and were very impressed by the park. It's maintained well, the office staff was super friendly and helpful and the park staff escorting us to the site were great. Water pressure and taste were good and the 50 amp pedestal was well placed. Park staff offered us a 50-30 adapter for our use there when we checked in and instead of digging for mine, I accepted with no charge. WiFi was free and worked well for us and the park was calm and quiet for the weekend. This is a nice place to stay. - Bluestreak
Nov 2015 - $44.00
Staff is rude. TOO many permanent residents that think they own the park. We were told to quiet down at 6:45pm! Permanent resident starts his noisy diesel truck at o dark thirty and proceeds to throw tools in bed of truck. Rude Rude Rude!!!
The park has nice dog area and kids play area. Pool open in summer only. Nice indoor group room. - pisle
Jul 2016 - $45.00
This is an older park that has been well maintained and reflects the history of the gold rush era. It has varies levels and sites tho all are gravel. The main road is paved and the staff leads you and guides you into your site. There is a fenced in dog run with sawdust at the front of the park. Otherwise there isn't any walking or exercising paths or trails.
The historic town of Colimbia is 1/2 mile away but windy steep road does not encourage you to walk into town.
Laundry is only $1 a load and the Friday night hotdog feed was fun. It is very quiet and most sites have some shade during the day.
I would recommend this park over all the others in this area. Definately the nicest in the area. - MJHP*28
May 2016 - $43.00
Very nice park, our third time here. We stayed three nights, using this as a base to explore south to Jamestown and north to Amador City. Such a cute, rustic, atmospheric park, takes you back in time to the gold rush days. That said, they manage to keep it rustic and charming without it also being tacky and rundown. Sites are gravel; green around them is just mowed weeds, would almost be better to have more gravel and no green surfaces at all. The weeds have a lot of foxtails in them, which were an issue for our dogs. (Foxtails get stuck between toes, and if not found, work their way inside the dog, under the skin. Big hazard.) LOTS of trees, nice and shady; up a long road so you are pretty isolated; feels like real camping! Staff is very helpful and friendly; we were in a site on the hill, but had help getting in and getting out. - MarvMarvs
Oct 2015 - $25.00
We were visiting historic Columbia, CA which is only .5 miles from this park. The staff were excellent. Each guest gets guided into their spot by two staff members, which is very helpful because the park is on a hill and some of the stalls are tricky to pull into.
Friday nights includes free BBQ hot dogs, beans, chips and a drink and s'mores around the campfire.
Our fee was based on our RPI membership. They also had a two nights for the price of one special which we purchased.
A small fenced dog area is available in the front of the park.
Prospectors can buy supplies and practice panning on-site. - G_Barbosa
Jul 2016 - $45.00
Nice park, with a walking trail into Columbia. Good amenities and quiet. Showers needed some cleanup and maintenance, but otherwise a very nice stay. Camped two nights and three days, and would return again. Rates competitive and access to sites is very good. - chrisbfishin
May 2016 - $42.00
This park is in a great location. Easy access to local sites. The Park itself is dated. Needs updated cable and internet services. We would not stay here again. - R&M
Oct 2015 - $20.00
Umm...the parking spot was fairly level. There was 30-amp electric hook-up. It was rustic and quiet That's about all the positive things I can think of.
They advertise cable, but it didn't work. When I asked about it, she said "good days, we can usually get 2 or 3 stations"! I was able to pull in CBS from the antenna, and a fuzzy Fox. The "pull thru" slot we were assigned wasn't, a 25-foot rig may have been able to maneuver in around the table and fire pit, but not our 40-footer. There was a combination store/office/shower/restroom at the entrance. Most spots are partially shaded, and there's plenty of space around some, others are crowded together. There's a walking trail to a disused marble quarry, maybe 5 minutes, but if you take a dog, he'll be covered in "sticky burrs" once you're done - I speak from experience! The park was not designed for big rigs; a couple of sharp bends, with nice big chunks of marble lining the road edges! - RV-Roamer
Jul 2016 - $48.00
The location is the closest private cg to Yosemite NP. The sites are as close together as possible. We had no table or fire ring. Our cable connection was on a tree beside the rv parked in front of us needing two coax cables combined resulting in a terrible picture. The manager was extremely rude to us and to people he was speaking to on the phone when we walked in. We will not camp here again. - geeman53
Oct 2015 - $45.00
The sites were difficult to negotiate even for our 30 ft coach. Once parked each coach was front to front with little room to walk in between. The hookups were awkwardly placed. If we backed in, our door opened into a tree, if we drove in, as was the preferred method, our door opened over a slope. It was all dirt with minimal gravel. I cannot begin to convey how rude and confrontational the white haired "host" was. We had just driven up to our campsite when my sister-in-law came over to ask if we could be together since he had originally said it would not be a problem when they came in 2 days prior. He suddenly, in a nanosecond, went ballistic... screaming and with arms flailing. I found him to be crude and rude. I usually feel somewhat safe in most campgrounds...not at all here. This guy has no social skills, nor people skills, and definitely has no business in any position dealing with the public. He is in desperate need of some anger management! - Bindi1
May 2015 - $35.00
If you are going to Yosemite to camp with a good size rig, there are not too many options for you. Indian Flat is a good one. This is not an RV resort by any means. Expect real basic plug in camping. Location is what you need and this has it. Good enough restaurant/lodge next door, (same ownership complex as RV park), and you can use pool at the lodge and their showers.
Manager was bend over backwards accommodating. A great guy. Hope he is still there when you visit. We really enjoyed the stay, and... it WAS camping, albeit with full hookups. We could get Dish TV from our site, but I bet not all sites could do that. Trees and mountains around. It will not be one of your greatest camping experiences, but visiting so close Yosemite will be. - Elmo and Gracie
Jul 2016 - $60.00
I am really disappointed with this park. The road to get it the campground is extremely steep with hairpin turns. But honestly all roads to get to Yosemite will require some challenging roads. The elderly lady at check in was very rude and it appeared that we were a bother for her to help check us in. We were not offered an escort to our site. The campground is extremely dusty. The campground has a small petting zoo, but it also smells terrible. The sites are very close together, and we could hear our neighbor's conversations. We went back to the office to let them know that we were leaving a day early, and they never asked why we were dissatisfied. I will not return to this park, not recommend it to others. The internet rarely worked and you do not get any value for your dollar. - Brian11
Jul 2016 - $50.00
Love this park and its feel of being in the forest. The sites are nice and the park didn't even feel overcrowded during July 4th weekend. There is a nice pool and store and it is well maintained and security roams around all the time. There was a camper with a fire too big by our site and was told to tone it down . All pets were on leashes and it seemed that owners picked up after them . The place is pretty quiet and has families and tourists and less of that party feel that some parks have. We will be back. - Offshrdude
Jun 2016 - $70.00
We stayed in one of the no dump spots. It was a nice secluded spot away from the majority of other campers. We really enjoyed it! If your rig is too large to stay in Yosemite, this park is a great alternative. - RVGma
Aug 2009 - $37.00
Don Pedro is a wonderful lake, but the campgrounds are mostly average. The rangers are friendly and helpful, but they did nothing to enforce "quiet time" after 10pm. Friday night is an especially notorious party scene with people playing loud music, socializing, and generally having a good old time well past midnight. If you're not part of that scene then good luck trying to sleep. Saturday night was much quieter, mostly because the party crowd was exhausted after a full day on the lake with hangovers. Our particular site was not private at all, but there are some good spots to be had if you know the park. Although we plan to stay here again at some point, we are going to do our best to avoid Friday night. - tross13
Jun 2008 - $30.00
The attraction here is Don Pedro Lake. If you are not a boater or fisherman, there is not much reason to go here. Roads and sites are paved with fresh blacktop. Many sites are cramped; some require a steep back-in. Hook-ups worked well. Store is well stocked and staff is friendly. Bathrooms were not serviced during the weekend. Their website is a plus, there are photos and a description of every site. - morganhillers
Apr 2008 - $35.00
This is a decent park to stay at if you plan on doing other activities such as fishing and boating. There are no waterfront sites however there are a few sites that have a view of the lake. The marina is at least 1/4 mile away and not walking distance but the campsite is relatively close to the boat ramp. Our site was tight. There was not even enough room to sit on the side of our motorhome under the awning and a little dangerous for our little ones; however there are a few sites that are quite nice - check the website and with the person accepting reservations. - tagalongwife
Jun 2011 - $20.00
Overall nice dry camping park. Would definitely not bring a rig over 27 feet here. Narrow turns. One corner took 30 minutes to navigate due to crowding. Great for trout fishing and young children. Caution - dump facility is closed on Sundays. Excellent restaurant/bar -the Steam Donkey; reasonable prices and great food. - Maltaman
Jul 2009 - $20.00
This campground was disappointing enough that we stayed only for one night, while we had a reservation for two. The contrast with the Yosemite North Pine campground we were coming from was stunning. When we arrived, mid-afternoon, two cars were already parked in our site. OK, these people were nice and moved out without problem while we had to drive the loop around. The campground next to ours was occupied by a group of at least 15 people drinking and yelling all night, despite the fact that the campground regulations say that the limit of 6 persons per site is strictly enforced. Our site had a significant slope. Some people were burning scrap wood, producing thick smoke and a bad plastic smell. The light was out of service in the very dirty bathrooms: no hooks, a dirty shelf with peeling paint. The showers were worth a photo. For $5, you get: a stall with dirt hanging 9 inches from the ceiling, and an unpainted, wet and unsanitary wood bench. The next campground in our trip was in Calaveras, at the "Golden Pines RV Resort & Campground". For the same price as 4 showers at Pinecrest ($20), we got reasonably clean showers ($1 extra) and a very nice camping spot. Please understand that different people have different tastes. I am sure that many campers will love Pinecrest: those who do not mind crowds, smoke and noise, whose main activity is to sit and drink beer, while children are running around without supervision. Fine also if you like power boats. We are more of the quiet type: hikers, nature watchers. So, despite the crowds, we preferred by far our campgrounds in Yosemite and Calaveras. I will not return to Pinecrest. - NationalParkLover
Jul 2008 - $19.00
Excellent Boondocking Park - sunchasermel
Dec 2015 - $12.00
Lots of wide open space. Too hot in the summers to camp, but spring and fall is awesome. Camp spots are little to close in my opinion. When the lake is full it has some nice views. Great for fishing, and the lake is pretty big so on the usual day it is not to busy. Roads in good condition, sites are kept up and clean. Shower and bathroom are moderately clean and there is good pressure and hot water. Beware of the few speedster boats. - CornDog1982
May 2008 - $16.00
We stayed at Glory Hole Rec Area / Big Oak Campground for 3 nights while attending the Calavaras County Fair/Frog Jumping weekend. The campground is about 15 minutes from the fairgrounds. The camp sites are fairly good in size (we stayed in site 111) however, there is little to no shade. The weekend we spent there it was over 105 F. and could use a few trees. AC and a good generator allowed us to stay. There are no full hook-up, and water connections are not very friendly for filling your rig. There is a nice new dumping station but, it is closed until sometime in 2009. As of May 2008, the water is very low at the lake and the swimming areas is basically dirt so, there is no place for kids to swim. - Gary Borella
Nov 2005 - $16.00
This is a lovely BLM campground at New Melones Lake Recreation Area between Sonora and Angels Camp on Hwy 49. Boat rentals are available for fishing and there are several places from the shore to fish as well - we caught a couple of nice trout. There is a free dump station at the sister campground called Tuttletown Recreation area which is a few miles south on Hwy 49. Camped here in a Class C. - Charlie262
Jul 2016 - $0.00
Our rate was $0 because we are members.
Very impressed with this campground. Spacious sites and very nicely arranged. Felt like we were in the national park but with hookups. . Mosquitoes were more annoying closer to the creek but nothing a little Off couldn't help with.
Staff was friendly. Hint- take the bus! It's $10 RT and kids under 12 are free. The staff at the campground should be better informed about the bus system. Traffic in the valley is super heavy. - Wendle123
Jul 2016 - $0.00
Easy check in for Thousand Trails member. Found a pull-through in the meadows area in direct sun. Satellite TV no problem. There for 2 days when a shady site came open and we moved; still no problem with satellite TV. Needed to add 3 days to stay and office staff was able to do that for us. Used the restroom and shower several times and restroom needs to be updated, but it was clean even with heavy holiday usage. Would stay here again either before or after school is in session. Should be cooler at that time. Roads are dusty and zone campers did not follow the 5 mph speed limit. - mdmnkcm
Jun 2016 - $61.00
I must first point out that we stayed here as non-members. Non-members are given "sites" on the other side of the road on a 3-tiered hillside. I had called the reservation line ahead of time because we were unable to make a reservation online with our 5th wheel being a little over 40' and was told that we would have no problem. When we arrived, sites are not assigned - you choose from the remaining available sites. Luckily we were able to squeeze into one of the back-in sites, hanging our back end over the hill. Sites are basically a big dirt curbside next to a hill. Very close together with a view of the road in the non-member section. The amenities need serious updating. Every badminton racket had broken strings, shuffleboard poles were bent, tether ball was tiny, ping pong balls were unusable they were so cheap, and while my kids had a lot of fun playing mini-golf, the course is in rough shape. WiFi was terrible. Some of the member sites along the river looked nice, but very close together. Tent/cabin area was a nice wooded setting. Yosemite Valley and Glacier Point Road are at least an hour's drive. Park is way overpriced for what you get as a non-member. - Xcountrypartyof5
May 2006 - $25.00
Pine Mountain Lake is an expensive, exclusive retirement/resort community. It seemed obvious that their purpose in having a campground would be to attract friends of property owners & potential new members/owners. Apparently not so! When I made my reservations for May (in January) they insisted I pay in full, by check, not credit card, but then didn't cash the check for 2 months. It took 3 calls before I could get anyone to acknowledge they'd even received it. Upon arrival, the gatekeeper informed me that the campground wasn't part of the lake complex, but was 3 miles on down the road. When we got there, only 3 other sites were occupied & 2 of them not actually inhabited. The site we'd been assigned required a long twisting downhill back-in so we took a different one- no one noticed, there was no 'host' on site. After setting up our trailer, we went to the bathrooms (which seem to be located so as to be as inaccessible as possible from every site in the place) only to discover they had punch-code locks & we didn't have the code. No cell service in the park so we had to drive back to the gate keeper's den to get it. 2 Days later a company truck drove in, gave us a friendly wave & went down & changed the codes without telling us. Again, back to the dreaded gate keeper. No apology for the inconvenience this time either. That night a pleasant young man with a middle-european accent knocked to inquire "Please, how does one acquire the rest-room code?". Obviously it's a closely guarded secret. The park's in a pretty little valley with several creeks through it, but it was a mess. The only "maintenance" that appeared to have been done was to refill the TP & the paper towels in the restroom. The utilities are also on the wrong side for most of the hookup sites There were deer, squirrels, birds & a great nightly 'bat show'. The golf course was very nice, but $65 a round & slopes 133, so be prepared. It's an hour & a half drive to Yosemite Valley. This is a 'never again' place for us because of the (lack of) management issues. We shoulda known when my wife's cousin who lives there asked "Why'd you pick there instead of someplace nicer?". - gs2rt