Open: Open all year Number of Sites: 93 (30 in Loop A, Loop B and C open October through April only)
The campground is located along the Merced River, near the Mariposa Grove, and near the historic Wawona Hotel in Yosemite National Park. Picnic table, fire pit, and bear locker in each site. Restrooms with flush toilets; no electrical outlets or showers. Potable water spigots dispersed in campground. No dump station. No hook-ups. There is a store and gas station nearby.
Fee: $14 October through April; $20 otherwise
Reservations: Yes – May through September
Directions: Take Highway 41 north from Fresno, Highway 140 east from Merced, or Highway 120 east from Manteca into Yosemite National Park. Follow signs to Wawona. The campground is located 8 miles inside the park on Highway 41, and 27 miles from Yosemite Valley.
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The other Yosemite
Yosemite Valley is usually overcrowded. This is another side of the park fewer people visit. We stayed here on a weekend in January 2008 and saw Bald Eagles, Deer, and Coyotes. There were only two other sites taken. On a weekend in March 2009 most of the A loop was filled. The B and C loops are only open during the peak season. All of the campground follows the river, providing nice scenery, sounds, and swimming in the warmer months. Many sights are located right on the river's edge. The road back to the B and C loops is narrow, ...