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There is a lot of camping close to Merced. Whether you like coastal camping, mountain camping in the coastal range, camping in the valley along the rivers and lakes, or camping in the Sierra Nevadas, you are certain find everything you are looking for close by.


Campgrounds Along The Central Coast

Manresa State Beach (Aptos)
Enjoy all the central coast has to offer. Surf fishing, surfing, hiking, swimming, or even just relaxing in the cool sea breeze.

New Brighton State Beach (Aptos)
Set on a bluff overlooking Monterey Bay, this camping site offers recreation, relaxation, and fun for the entire family.

Seacliff State Beach (Aptos)
Seaclif is a popular swimming beach. There is a lot more than just swimming going on here though. Camping facilities, hiking trails, and much more await you at Seacliff.

Sunset State Beach (Watsonville)
The most popular beach also offers the most. Sunset Beach carries the right name with its gorgeous sunsets. It also offers hiking, biking, guided tours, and so much more.

Campgrounds In The Coastal Range

Big Basin Redwoods State Park (Boulder Creek)
Big Basin is California's oldest State Park, established in 1902. Home to the largest continuous stand of Ancient Coast Redwoods south of San Francisco.

Butano State Park (Pescadero)
Butano State Park's 2,200 acres lie in a secluded redwood-filled canyon. The park features miles of hiking trails, 21 drive-in campsites and 18 walk-in campsites. Restrooms with running water are provided.

Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park (Felton)
The main park area, containing the large, old-growth redwoods, is about 1,750 acres, and he northern area (Fall Creek) is 2,390 acres, with about 20 miles of hiking trails. The tallest tree in the park is about 285 feet tall, and about 16 feet wide. The oldest trees in the park are about 1400 to 1800 years old. The park also offers Wi-Fi service to laptop and PDA users.

Portola Redwoods State Park (La Honda)
The park has a rugged, natural basin forested with coast redwoods, Douglas fir and live oak. Eighteen miles of trails crisscross the canyon and its two streams, Peters Creek and Pescadero Creek. The park has one of the tallest redwoods (300 feet high) in the Santa Cruz Mountains.

Mount Diablo State Park (Walnut Creek)
This park is one of the ecological treasures of the San Francisco Bay Area. Every season in the park has its special qualities. Discover for yourself the mountain's beautiful wildflowers, its extensive trail system, fascinating wildlife and distinctive rock formations. View the stars from its lofty heights, bike ride to its 3,849 foot summit or explore the more remote trails by horseback. The park offers hiking, biking, horseback riding and camping.

Campgrounds In The Central San Joaquin Valley

San Luis Reservoir State Recreation Area (Los Banos)
Nestled in the grassy hills of the western San Joaquin Valley near historic Pacheco Pass, San Luis Reservoir State Recreation Area is noted for boating, board sailing, camping, and picnicking. But it’s anglers who find the unit’s three lakes most inviting.

Millerton Lake State Recreation Area (Fresno)
With over 40 miles of shore land for water sports, this SRA offers visitors swimming, fishing, and boating. The hills surrounding the lake provide good hiking opportunities. Wildlife in the park includes ground squirrels, cottontails, mule deer, badgers and bald and golden eagles. During winter, the park has special boat tours to view the bald eagles.

Kelly's Beach (Reedley)
Located on the King's River, the campgrounds are located on grassy land under shade trees.

Don Pedro Lake (La Grange)
This very large lake in the lower foothills offers boating, fishing, hiking, swimming, mountain biking, and much more.

George J. Hatfield State Recreation Area (Merced)
This park is in the San Joaquin valley and is surrounded by the Merced River. The park has many trees and is home to various wildlife, especially birds. Swimming, fishing and picnicking are popular activities.

Lake McClure & Lake McSwain (Merced)
There are five major recreation areas at Lakes McClure and McSwain: Lake McSwain, McClure Point, Barrett Cove, Horseshoe Bend and Bagby. They have an average elevation of 400 to 1,000 feet, and provide pine and oak woodland settings. All areas offer swimming and sandy beaches.

McConnell State Recreation Area (Merced)
The park is on the banks of the Merced River. Fishing is popular for catfish, black bass and perch. There are over 70 acres of picnic, camping and play areas.

Turlock Lake State Recreation Area (Turlock)
Open all year and featuring camping, picnicking, fishing, swimming, boating, water skiing, and clean country air, the area offers visitors an opportunity to see the wonderful variety of native plant life that once flourished alongside the rivers of the San Joaquin Valley.

Campgrounds In The Sierra Nevada

Yosemite National Park (Yosemite National Park)
There is camping available throughout Yosemite National Park. Camping is a great way to experience the park.

Badger Flat Campground (Shaver Lake)
Located along Kaiser Pass Road above Huntington Lake. Large sandy area along Rancheria Creek.

Big Sandy Campground (Oakhurst)
Large sandy flat adjacent to Big Creek. Some sites have shade.

Bowler Group Campground (Oakhurst)
On Jackass Creek.

Chilkoot Campground (Oakhurst)
Good shade; Douglas Fir, Cedar. Some sites on slopes. Not suitable for tents.

Clover Meadow Campground (North Fork)
Lodge pole Pine and Fir Trees; good shade along Clover Meadow.

Crane Valley Group Campsite (Oakhurst)
Adjacent to Bass Lake. Area has dense pine, oak and cedar trees. Sites have good shade. No lake view.

Dirt Flat Campground (El Portal)
North side of Merced River, most sites are on the river or have river access. Oaks, Pines, along Merced River.

Dry Gulch Campground (El Portal)
North side of Merced River, most sites are on the river or have river access. Oaks, Pines, along Merced River.

Fish Creek Campground (North Fork)
Oaks and Pines; Good shade; Campground along Fish Creek.

Fork's Campground (Oakhurst)
Adjacent to Bass Lake. Area has dense pine, oak and cedar trees. Sites have good shade.

Fresno Dome Campground (Oakhurst)
Located on Boggy Meadow adjacent to Big Creek; good shade; fir and pine trees.

Gagg's Campground (Oakhurst)
On Sand Creek, cross-creek to enter campground.

Grey's Mountain Campground (Oakhurst)
Sites are located adjacent to Willow Creek.

Jerseydale Campground (Bootjack)
Cedar, Pines, Good Shade.

Kealty Meadow Campground (Oakhurst)
Located along Kelty Meadow, Good shade, Pine, Cedar.

Lupine Cedar Bluff Campground (Oakhurst)
Adjacent to Bass Lake. Area has dense pine, oak and cedar trees. Sites have good shade. Some camp sites are located on moderate slopes.

McCabe Flat Campground (Briceburg)
Oaks, pines, located along Merced River.

Nelder Grove Campground (Oakhurst)
In Historic Nelder Grove. California Creek nearby.

Railroad Flat Campground (Briceburg)
Oaks, pines, located along Merced River.

Recreation Point Group Campsites (Bass Lake)
On Bass Lake. Located on cove overlooking Bass Lake. Pine and oak trees. Good shade.

Soquel Campground (Oakhurst)
Sites are located along Willow Creek. Good shade provided by pine and fir trees.

Summerdale Campground (Fish Camp)
Pines, Cedar, Black Bark Cottonwood; on Big Creek.

Summit Campground (Wawona)
Along road there are wild Azalea’s, Primrose, and Dogwood. Cedar, Pine and Fir.

Texas Flat Group Campground (Oakhurst)
Sites are located along McGilvery Creek.

Upper Chiquito Campground (Oakhurst)
East fork of Chiquito Creek.

Whiskers Campground (Oakhurst)
On the North Fork of Willow Creek.

Willow Placer Campground (Briceburg)
Oaks, pines, located along Merced River.

Wishon Point Campground (Oakhurst)
Adjacent to Bass Lake. Area has dense pine, dogwood, oak and cedar trees. Sites have good shade. Some camp sites have lake views.


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