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.
- Also Known As:
- Wawona Campground Hotel Wawona