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Review of Wawona Campground

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Wawona Campground
New Haven, CT
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14 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
“Surprisingly quiet”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 August 2013

We had a great three-night stay at Wawona Campground, site 37 in loop B, right next to the river, which is very low this summer due to drought, though there is still a wider, deep spot that looked good for swimming, or at least wading, toward C loop. The sites are pretty closely packed here. I would avoid Loop A, which is wide open, altogether. When I walked back to C Loop, it seemed noisy even first thing in the morning, especially the front part, kind of like festival camping where everyone's stuff spills into their neighbors. Toward the back of Loop C the sites on the outside of the loop in the high 70s to 99 as well as 1-4 looked good. In Loop B, our site had room for two small tents on different levels. Sites 42 and 44 also looked a bit more private, but were not on the river. Despite the crowded conditions, we found this campground to be surprisingly quiet. Maybe we just got lucky, or maybe it's that tent campers (which is what Loop B is) are quieter in general. As in all of the national parks, there were great nightly ranger programs, as well as "coffee with a ranger" at 8 a.m., where you can ask questions and chat with whoever shows up. From Wawona, we drove 35 minutes to the Valley (packed! so glad we weren't staying there) and about 1 1/2 hours to Tuolomne, which was totally worth it for a day hike. Next time, to be honest, we will probably opt for camping up there.

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled with family
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Nashville, Tennessee
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22 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 June 2013

I really wasn't sure how much I would like this campground based on reviews and the lack of photos that actually did this campground any justice. It was in a excellent location based on proximity to Mariposa Grove where the giant sequoias are which was about 7-8 miles awayand about an hour drive/ 27 miles to the valley floor. We were campsite 52 which was a huge site. I had to keep checking back as it is very hard to reserve a site within Yosemite. We lucked out as someone had cancelled so don't be discouraged just be persistent. Our site was backed by the Merced River which helped us sleep peacefully at night when the thought if a bear showing up at your campsite is in the back of your head :-). Each site has a firepit and picnic table. A bathroom was right across from our site as it seemed they were placed smartly throughout the entire campsite. The only downside is no shower but the scenery is So beautiful in Yosmite that it worth roughing it with baby wipes and the river to wash off in to enjoy the park. There is a bear locker to store food and toiletries as nothing scented can be left in the car. We had plenty of room to put a cooler and all of our food/ personal items in the locker which helps you sleep a little easier. The Wawona hotel is about 1 mile away which has beer, wine, snacks, lunch meat, cheese, and some prepared sandwiches. Surprisingly teir prices weren't too outrageous either. There is also another small market and bistro which is self serve but closes at 6 just past the horse stables in Wawona near a residential/area of cabin rentals that we stumbled upon as there are no signs for on the main road. Alo near pay just past the market is the Wawona Hotelwhich has a nice restaurant. We did not eat there butthe menu loomed good just a little more than we wanted to pay for dinner while camping. They however do have free coffee right off of the lobby in the front if the restaurant in the morning. I would highly recommend Wawona campground and hooe toback so eBay myself. Yosemite is incredible. The imagines from there I have nothing to compare to. I highly recommend visiting if you get the chance.

Room Tip: Try to stay on a site near the river. I know 51-53 were good spots.
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  • Stayed June 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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London, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 June 2013

Brilliant camping, camping in the US is a must and so much better than in the UK. It has to be done with a camp fire and smores. Pitches are all a much of a muchness so don't get too picky. You can hear the river in the morning and you are set back from the road. Wouldn't hesitate to go here again as it is in South Yosemite then its a good place to camp the night before you explore.

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled as a couple
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utah
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 May 2013

Stayed at #34 Wawona last week for a couple of nights because we couldn't get a site in Yosemite Valley. The good: beautiful, quite, it was on the river and there was a lot of space between the sites across from it and next to it (felt more private than the valley campgrounds). The bad: this site was not flat, a little small -- good for only one medium sized tent, and he bathroom by this site was really old with no shelf to put your things on while using the sink, and no hooks anywhere to hang things on. Also, there was no dish washing station. The staff here were very nice. The camp was beautiful, however, for us, the distance was just too far from the valley and we went to Yosemite to climb. Ok, here's the worst part for me: the drive was one of the most winding roads I've ever experienced. It reminded me of the road to Hana in places. Because I tend to get car sick on windy roads, this was really a drawback for me and I would not stay here again.

  • Stayed May 2013, travelled with family
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San Francisco, California
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140 reviews
35 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 84 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 December 2012

Came here to camp end of May 2012, group camping looks like it would be a great place. The weather was absolutely perfect. Dogs are allowed, we brought our Sharpei dog and she had an amazing time by the creek. The place was quiet during the day & night time, every camper was respectful of each other & the rangers were friendly and helpful.

About a mile away (not recommended for walking) there is a general store (to buy wood, etc), gas station (Chevron) also the Wawona Hotel. Several hikes are also conveniently located there, drive & park your car by the info station. The tour bus is free, also near the general store and takes you all over Yosemite.

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Carlsbad, California
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19 reviews
14 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 September 2012

We spent last week camped at Wawona Campground in Yosemite National Park - we arrived around lunch time Thursday September 13 and left on Monday morning September 17.

We were in site 32 in loop B and I really liked the site. Every site has a bear locker, picnic table and a fire ring. Most of the sites in loop B looked pretty good, some were a bit more sloped than others. Our site was slightly sloped but not enough to cause a problem. The site was just one site over from the bathrooms - close enough to be convenient but not too close - although people walking past talking at 6 am might bother some.

Personally i think loop B site 34 looks like one of the best in the campground (but it wasnt available).

We booked back in May 2012 for three nights then added another night in July. The cost was $20 per night.

Pros:
Good amenities (but no showers)
Clean bathrooms
Beautiful site in the trees
Across from the river
Lots of cheeky squirrels (dont feed them)
You feel a bit away from all the tourist craziness of the valley
Easy access (1 mile) to Wawona Store if you forget anything
Park Rangers were nice
No cell phone reception

Cons:
The campground sits in a valley, on a bit of a slope, right next to the road, so you do hear road noise. The tree canopy seems to reflect sound, so if you are unfortunate (as we were for two nights) to have noisy neighbours, the sound will be amplified. Some sites are very sloped.
I would NOT recommend Loop A at all and I would definitely select Loop B over Loop C for tent campers as loop C allows RVs so there is more noise, and the space is more open with less trees. Although that being said sites 1-4 in Loop C looked pretty cool.

Remember to follow the rules - always, always lock your food and toiletries in the bear locker (we saw a bear near the campground), don't feed the squirrels, put out your campfire and never leave it unattended (the fine is $380 if the Ranger catches you - and I think this even includes being in your tent when the fire is burning), only dump your dishwater in the troughs provided. Park Rangers always come through at about 8:30 am (that we noticed) checking on everyone.

The distance from Yosemite Valley wasn't bad. I think it took us about 35 minutes to get to Tunnel View. It was less than 15 minutes to Mariposa Grove. We also did a day trip to Tuolumne Meadows and didnt feel it was too far.

Room Tip: Loop B, site 34 is my favourite, followed by any other site in Loop B, then sites 1-4 in Loop C. Bo...
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  • Stayed September 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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25 Thank Azzrielish
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Boise, Idaho
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 September 2012

Only stayed one night but could have spent much more. Lovely campground by the river. Boys had great fun swimming and playing in the water which was still very cold even at the end of summer. Nice spaces though with typical end of summer dustiness. Enjoyed the bats at dusk - one even crashed into one of the boys. Close to Mariposa Grove and Wawona village.

  • Stayed September 2012
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Property: Wawona Campground
Address: Yosemite National Park, Yosemite National Park, CA
Region: United States > California > Yosemite National Park
Amenities:
Free Parking
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Ranked #7 of 25 Speciality Lodging in Yosemite National Park
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££££
Number of rooms: 93
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