North Grove Campground
North Grove Campground is located in the heart of Calaveras Big Trees State Park, close to the North Grove of Giant Sequoias and the Visitor Center. The relatively flat campground spreads through a mature conifer forest. An adjacent meadow is filled with wildflowers in the spring. Any time of year the edge of the meadow or the boardwalk across the meadow are great places to go star gazing.
Most of the 58 campsites in the North Grove Campground can accommodate tents, RVs, or trailers, but about a third are set aside as tent-only sites. Some campsites are close to Highway 4 and may experience some road noise.
Two Small Group Campsites are located inside North Grove Campground. And two Large Group Campsites are found across the highway.
Changes in California State Parks Reservation System
California State Parks is switching to a new reservation system beginning August 1, 2017. ReserveCalifornia will replace the previous ReserveAmerica. "Beginning on midnight July 26, 2017, the website and telephone reservations for California's state parks will be temporarily offline to prepare for the exciting launch of the new system on August 1. During this time, all existing reservations will be honored. An electronic or hard copy from ReserveAmerica will need to be presented to State Parks staff when checking in for reservation made prior to July 26, 2017."
ReserveCalifornia Reservations Tips
California State Parks' new reservation system - ReserveCalifornia - now allows campers "to make reservations 6 months to the day in advance of their arrival date." For example, on January 1 reservations can be made for stays beginning on July 1. In the past, reservations were released in one-month blocks. Now it is day by day. For months with fewer days than the month 6 months away, reservations for the remaining days will be released in a small cluster on the first of the next month. For example, on March 1 (because February is a short month) you can make reservations for stays beginning August 29-31. Read details at ReserveCalifornia.
North Grove Small Group Campsites
The two group camps in the North Grove Campground are designated to hold up to 16 people and up to 4 vehicles. One site can accommodate tents, RVs or trailers; the other site is tent-only. The campsites have all the same amenities as a standard campsite in North Grove Campground. Reservations are required. (See link above.)
Fee: $75 per night ($80 on holiday weekends)
Large Group Campsites
Two large group campsites are situated across Highway 4 from the main part of the park. The Upper Site can accommodate up to 40 people and 15 vehicles, the Lower Site up to 60 people and 20 vehicles. The minimum number of people at either site is 9. Both sites accept tents, RVs or trailers. The campsites have similar amenities as a standard campsite in North Grove Campground. Reservations are required. (See link above.)
Fees: Upper Site - $135 per night ($185 on holiday weekends)
Lower Site - $200 per night ($250 on holiday weekends)