Meadowview Campground

Pinecrest Lake
Stanislaus National Forest

Pinecrest Lake

Campsite at Meadowview Campground, Pinecrest Lake, Stanislaus National Forest, CA

Meadowview Campground

Stanislaus National Forest Attractions

Travelers to the Stanislaus National Forest in Tuolumne County have a wide range of interesting places to visit. Campers at Meadowview Campground can walk or bicycle to Pinecrest Lake.

  • Spend your days at Pinecrest Lake swimming on their beach, hiking around the lake, boating, and fishing.
  • Try a little fishing in the Stanislaus River, Pinecrest Lake, Lyons Reservoir, and Beardsley Reservoir.
  • Follow hiking trails into the Emigrant Wilderness and Carson-Iceberg Wilderness.
  • Join a trail ride at nearby Aspen Meadows or up the highway at Kennedy Meadows.
  • Explore the OHV routes at Niagara Creek and other locations.
  • Find a mountain biking adventure along the network of logging roads.
  • Find a number of dedicated Horse Camps in the area.
  • Visit 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.

Places to Visit

  • Pinecrest and Strawberry are well known for excellent boating and fishing.
  • Twain Harte has a number of good restaurants and shops. During the summer they have free outdoor concerts.
  • Beardsley Reservoir is popular for fishing, boating, and swimming.
  • The Clark Fork features good camping, fishing, and hiking.
  • Dardanelle Resort is the place to stop for supplies and a good meal.
  • Kennedy Meadows has lodging, a store, a pack station, and a restaurant.
  • Drive up scenic Sonora Pass.

Meadowview Campground

Meadowview Campground is located one mile from Pinecrest Lake in the Stanislaus National Forest. Many visitors choose Meadowview because Pinecrest Campground is full or because they prefer to camp away the busy main campground. A paved bike path connects Meadowview Campground with Pinecrest Campground and the lakeside facilities. Pinecrest Lake offers swimming from a sandy beach in a dedicated swim area, boating, fishing, and hiking.

During the summer months, outdoor movies or ranger programs are offered every night at the amphitheater. Fishing is a favorite past-time from the shore or the designated fishing wharf. In the adjacent community of Pinecrest are a grocery store, sporting goods store, restaurant, bike rentals, and coffee bar. A snack bar is at the beach.

Meadowview Campground Basics
Meadowview Campground Location: Off Highway 108, 30 miles east of Sonora
Elevation: 5,700 feet
Miles/Driving time: Stockton - 93 miles, 1:52
Campground Open: May through September
Number of Sites: 100
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 District Ranger Station: (209) 965 3434

No Reservations: First come, first served
Maximum Vehicle Length: 22 feet
Accessible Sites: None designated
Fees: $23
Check-in, check-out: any time, 11:00 AM

Meadowview Campground Amenities
Campsites: Picnic table, fire ring
Campground: restrooms with flush toilets, tap water; no hook-ups
Showers: Nearby, next to Pinecrest Store
Dump Station: Nearby at Pinecrest Dump off Highway 108
Attractions near Meadowview Campground: Enjoy Pinecrest Lake boating, swimming, fishing, and hiking. Head down to Strawberry for more fishing. Beardsley Reservoir features swim beach and a boat ramp. Twain Harte is close enough to visit for dinner. Drive up the highway and explore Sonora Pass and Kennedy Meadows. Head up to nearby Aspen Meadow Pack Station for trail rides. Hike into the Emigrant Wilderness.

Key Meadowview Campground Regulations

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

General Camping Information

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

Accessible Sites

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

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