Dardanelle Campground

Stanislaus National Forest

Kennedy Peak

Dardanelle Campground, Stanislaus National Forest, CA

Dardanelle Campground

Stanislaus National Forest Attractions

The Stanislaus National Forest in Tuolumne County has many great attractions. Campers at Dardanelle Campground are near the Stanislaus River and not far from Kennedy Meadows.

  • Set out to explore nearby geologic wonders such as Columns of the Giants and Trail of the Gargoyles.
  • Stop at scenic overlooks at Donnell Vista and farther up Sonora Pass.
  • Sign up for a trail ride at Kennedy Meadows Pack Station.
  • Explore the OHV routes at Niagara Creek and other locations.
  • Find some mountain biking great adventures along the network of logging roads.
  • A number of dedicated Horse Camps are in the area.
  • Take advantage of great fishing in the Stanislaus River, Pinecrest Lake, Lyons Reservoir, and Beardsley Reservoir.
  • Visitors have their pick of good hiking trails into the Emigrant Wilderness and Carson-Iceberg Wilderness.
  • Relax at Pinecrest Lake for boating and fishing.

Places to Visit

  • Dardanelle Resort has supplies and a nice restaurant.
  • Kennedy Meadows Resort offers lodging, a store, a pack station, and a restaurant.
  • Drive up scenic Sonora Pass.
  • In Twain Harte enjoy a summer, outdoor concert along with good restaurants and shops.
  • Pinecrest and Strawberry are known for outstanding fishing.
  • Beardsley Reservoir is popular for fishing, boating, and swimming.
  • The Clark Fork offers good camping, fishing, and hiking.

Dardanelle Campground

Dardanelle Campground is located along the Stanislaus River in the Stanislaus National Forest, across the road from the Dardanelle Resort. Many who choose this campground like the convenience of being able to walk across the road to get a meal at the restaurant or pick up a bag of ice. Enjoyable fishing is close at hand in the river. Just a few miles upstream from Dardanelle Campground is Kennedy Meadows where lunker rainbow trout are pulled from the water regularly.

Dardanelle Campground is similar to the others in the area, first come, first served. Piped water is provided here. Some double sites are available.

Dardanelle Campground Basics
Dardanelle Campground Location: On Highway 108, about 23 miles east of Pinecrest
Elevation: 6,000 feet
Miles/Driving time: Sonora - 48 miles, 1:04
Campground Open: May through September
Number of Sites: 28 sites
Max. People per Site: 6 (including children)
Vehicles per Site: 2, fee for 2nd vehicle
Maximum Length of Stay: 14 days
Pets: On leash, always attended
Operated by Dodge Ridge Corporation for the Stanislaus National Forest
Summit Ranger Station: (209) 965-3434

No Reservations: First come, first served
Maximum Vehicle Length: 28 feet
Accessible Sites: None designated
Fees: $19
Check-in, check-out: any time, 11:00 AM

Dardanelle Campground Amenities
Campsites: Picnic table, fire ring; no hook-ups
Campground: Vault toilets, piped water
Showers: At Dardanelle Resort
Dump Station: At entrance to Clark Fork Campground (fee)
Attractions near Dardanelle Campground: Plan a hike into the Emigrant Wilderness. Stop by the Dardanelle Resort. Walk over to the Kennedy Meadows Resort and Pack Station. Visit the Columns of the Giants geologic site. Fish along the Stanislaus River. Fish and hike along the Clark Fork. Driver over Sonora Pass to Leavitt Meadow.

Key Stanislaus National Forest Camping Regulations

  1. A maximum of 2 licensed vehicles (includes trailers of all kinds) may be parked at each campsite.
  2. Avoid the spread of invasive insects by obtaining firewood locally.
  3. Dogs should be on leash and attended at all times.
  4. There is a limit of 3 tents or 1 RV or trailer per site.

General Camping Information

Not all campsites can accommodate trailers or RVs of all lengths.

Accessible Sites

Designated Accessible sites are reserved for people with disabilities who have a vehicle displaying an accessible parking placard or license plate.

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