19 Parks near Groveland, California
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
Oct 2016 - $40.00
They have free Tengo WiFi, it worked good enough for us. Reception on Antenna only a few, no cable. The sites are very close to each other but when we where here it was quiet and they left the site next to us open. So no complains for us. They have a swimming pool but it was already to cold so far in october. No cellphone reception. Very quiet and
in the forest, gives you a good feeling. One hour drive to Yosemite Nat'park, no problem and we drive a big rig so better to leave it over here. But we don't understand why they still have the firepits on every site, get RID OF THOSE....... they are to close to the neighbours and it is so dry, not only this year but always. Just get them away. On the sites you don't want youre neighbour starting a fire only a couple of feeds away. It was not allowed when we where here but it is not to be allowed on these parks anyway. Sites are sandy and some need a little bit levelling. - Traveller Excel
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
Sep 2016 - $10.00
Located about 14 miles outside of Yosemite off of Highway 120 - Yosemite Lakes is a Thousand Trails park which is affiliated with our RPI membership. The park is clean with full hook ups for RVers and tent campers. There are also cabins and yurts available for rentals. Sites are available by the river, under trees or in the sun - if you prefer.
The only real complaint was the number of flies that always want to hover around your head.
The Country Store is about 1/4 mile away on Hw 120, but their gas is very expensive - about 40 cents more per gallon than in Groveland. However, it has a good variety of items - wine, RV accessories, and souvenirs.
This is a family oriented park with a 9-hole mini golf course, badminton, volleyball, basketball, a swimming hole in the river. NO CELL PHONE SERVICE and in the lodge VEEEEEERY slow wifi! - G_Barbosa
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
Jul 2016 - $50.00
Very nice campground located within 20-30 minutes from Yosemite National Park. This is a small park with RV sites and some cabins, no tents allowed. The pool was appreciated after a long day of hiking. Wifi didn't work very well, but they let you know that during check in. Fuel is available on site. There's a small playground for children. My only suggestion is to add a fenced dog area. - jennifernelson49
May 2016 - $39.00
This RV park served a purpose...a place to sleep at the end of long days in Yosemite. This is a small park with more park model rentals than RV sites. We were there the week of Memorial Day so I had made reservations a few months in advanced. Could have found a site short notice, but only for 1-2 nights as people were in and out of the park frequently. Even though you are 13 miles from the Yosemite park entrance it's still a 45-60 Minute drive to the Valley floor, Hetch Hetchy and Glacier Peak. Be sure to arrive at the park entrance before 8:30AM or after 4-5PM to avoid lines at the entrance and to find parking. Most days we were heading back to the RV about 2pm (we have a dog) and experienced 3mile long traffic trying to get into the park. Had a late start one morning and got to the entrance at 9:30. Had a 30 minute wait in traffic. Would recommend avoiding the valley floor on weekends...insanely crowded. We stuck to perimeter hikes over the holiday and visited the valley during the week. Wifi & Verizon cell coverage is terrible at the RV park. We had better connectivity in the Valley and took our camp chairs to set up under shade in the parking lots to get calls made and some online work done. Cable was really bad in site 4 and let front desk know. Took 4 days for someone to come and test it. All he said was, " yep, it's bad" and that was the last of it. One morning we had zero water at the campsite and in the bathhouses. Bathrooms were OLD and barely functional. The pool area was very nice though! We did drive through the Thousand trails RV park a few miles down the road. Very steep road in/out but many more campsites, but felt a bit overgrown and tight. We will probably give it a try next time. Overall Yosemite Ridge was OK for our needs to go to the park every day. - JeffDeb
Mar 2016 - $30.00
A ways to go to reach greatness. Surface was a clay like dirt that never dried out, so it was muddy all the time. Water worked fine. Electric was fine until the last of our 6 days, when we had a fault warning 3 times. Sewer connection was a full foot uphill from the sewer outlet on my coach - in fact, the sewer connection was in the neighbor's site. They have cable TV and they give a list of about 12 channels. They actually get only 6 channels which include CBS and Fox, but no ABC or NBC. I counted only 9 RV sites and a dozen or so park models they rent out as cabins. Trees prevented satellite reception and it looked like there was only one site from which you would get it. WIFI is Tengointernet with all the shortcomings we are used to. It worked sometimes and not other times. It is about an hour's drive to Yosemite Valley. - ramblin' vagabonds
Sep 2015 - $12.00
The road in is very narrow, bumpy and busy with logging trucks. It is also not well marked. More than once we thought we had missed a turn or something. The sites themselves were not bad and we had no trouble finding one that was big enough for our 32 foot fifth wheel. For the most part, sites were spaced far enough apart that you had privacy. The campground host is being replaced next year and it's easy to see why. He is rude and not at all helpful. It was so bad, we stopped at the ranger station in Groveland to complain. That's when we found out he had been told he wasn't coming back. Perhaps that was the reason for his negative attitude. The campground was also not being taken care of and the sites were littered with items left behind by previous campers. The camp host's site was full of junk and it really made the whole place look trashy. The only reason we would stay here again is if we went back to Yosemite, which we don't plan to do. - Bobbi1948
May 2015 - $24.00
This is a beautiful campground just 2 miles from the east entrance to Yosemite. Our site was near the river. Very clean campground and the sites are spaced far enough apart for privacy. We were next to restrooms and never had any smell problems. Be aware that the directions on the camp website are a bit inaccurate. You need to know that the District Office in Groveland, from which you start counting miles to the turnoff, is 9 miles past the actual town. And once you are on the turnoff to the campground (Evergreen) add another 1.5 miles to their stated distance. The road is paved but rough. Some sites are a bit tough to back into, so choose wisely based on your RV type. - AZDalGal
Aug 2012 - $21.00
We ended up here after failure in finding a good spot in Yosemite. The park is not more than 15 miles from the park. Unfortunately it was not really what we expected. It took us several hours to come into contact with the staff. There was no shower and the toilets were basically holes in the ground. Not a place I would recommend for a family with children. In the evening a trailer did put on his loud generator and disturbed the peace of the whole camping ground. Not a place a would want to stay again. - Paul69
Oct 2016 - $25.00
This is a campground, not an RV park. Interior roads used to be paved, many years ago. Now rough potholed broken pavement, dirt, and some gravel. Campground is on a hillside with nothing really level. Some sites are ok, some hard to get level. All RV sites have full hookups. It has its charm, lots of trees, grassy area for tents and picnics, a large community fire pit with provided fire on Saturday nights. Sadly, many of the pine trees in the campground are dead from the whatever it is that is killing pines in California. The manager told us they have cut down about 100 so far and have another 30 to cut down this year. While there are some big rigs in here, the place overall is old style, smallish sites with tight clearances. Most of the RVs are smallish to fit in well. This campground clearly caters to the "extended stay" folk. Many of the rigs look like they have not moved in a very long time. The bathrooms are small (just one fixture per gender) and old, but, everything works and is satisfactorily clean. Overall, this is an ok place to stay if your RV is mid size or under and you are not looking for a sparkling RV park with lots of amenities. I would not pay their listed price of $50 per night. I would speculate that this is actually a marketing fiction to allow their real price of $25 per night with advertised 50% off (Escapees and Passport America). There is no cell service in this area. The campground has WiFi that is slow, but, functional for light use. The campground has no services. I would stay here again if I had a reason to be in this area, or, needed an inexpensive place to hang out for a short time. - Keager
Jun 2016 - $45.00
If you're tent camping, this is probably a really great stay. It's close to Yosemite, has nice grassy areas for tent camping, and reasonable (if somewhat dirty and outdated) bathrooms. However, if you're in an RV, you better hope it's less than 30' long. We stayed here in a 35' travel trailer and had fits getting into a site -- and we've stayed at nearly 40 parks in the past 2 years. This was the closest I've come to giving up and leaving. That's not a judgement on the park, which is ok. It's just the reality of the size of the sites compared to the size of my RV. We ended up getting into the 2nd site we were offered (first back-in site wasn't happening, ever). So, here's the bad: tight sites, hard to get into, unlevel, no cell reception. Also, there is no good way to get in or out of Coulterville if you have a bigger RV. Every road in/out of town is going to feel perilous in a large RV. Here's the good: the manager and owner were both great people. Friendly, welcoming, and helpful. There's a very nice shared greenspace in the middle of the park with a communal fire pit. Makes it easy to make friends with the neighbors. We'd stay again, but I'd be in a constant state of dread it until we got there, got one of the larger sites, and were set up. - JPen365
Sep 2014 - $22.00
We stayed for 2 nights and was planning 3 but we were so uncomfortable we cut it short. Just the road getting to the park was no fun! I would not recommend this park for trailers or fivers over 35' and definitely no large motorhomes.
Ask for 50 amp if needed but I think that there's only 2. Walk all the sites because ours was sooooo unlevel it was scary.
Low clearance so ask for help there also. Entrance road is a nightmare. They really need to make improvements and hopefully they will. One a good note...staff was helpful and friendly. - csbunz123
Jul 2008 - $30.00
This campsite is on Don Pedro Lake and is good for use if you want to utilize the lake. The campsite itself has a woodsy setting. Each site has a fire pit and bench. The site we had (A8) was relatively private and had lots of shade and protection from the wind. The website is very good and provides pictures and a rating for each site indicating whether there is shade, whether the sites are level, etc. Downside to the campsite are as follows: Marina/general store is about 1.5 miles from the boat launch, 1.25 miles from the campsite which is inconvenient especially if you are towing a boat; hilly and steep in areas -not toddler/kid friendly; no pets and no view of the lake from the campsite. Campsite itself was pretty nice, but the inconvenience of having the boat launch so far from the marina/store and campsite was problematic and inconvenient. We will probably not return for that reason. - 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
Oct 2016 - $30.00
This place offers many different types of sites and utility options. We stayed in the area behind the grandstands had 50 amp with water and sewer. The site was fairly level with the open field in front that was rather bumpy to drive through. There are no views of anything, however lots of area to walk a dog. - illini777
Aug 2016 - $30.00
Stayed in advance of the Strawberry Music Festival near Tuolumne, arriving on A Wednesday afternoon. First come-first served, envelope system for payment. Full hookups and wonderful water.
The upper RV sites are in shade and pretty level in an open, park-like setting. There were a few other campers nearby, all music festival attendees.
Fine place to camp: easily accessible off the highway and close to town for all our shopping needs in advance of a 4-day music event. - ReggieK
Sep 2011 - $30.00
Open field camping with some shade in selected sites. Level and easy to maneuver for big rigs. Clean bathhouses. We had full hookups with 50 amp and partial shade. Perfectly good place to stay and convenient to the Sonora Twain Harte area. About an hour and 40 minute drive to Yosemite. Will stay here again. - lmg
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