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part ofStanislaus National Forest, US Forest Service
Status: Open through Sun Sep 27 2015   Season Dates


Situated in the central Sierra Nevada, camping at Cherry Valley campground offers many beautiful sights. It is located in a forest of mixed conifers about 1.5 miles northeast of Cherry Valley Dam, 1 hour east of Tuolumne City, 1 hour northeast of Groveland, and 2.5 hours from the northwestern border of Yosemite National Park. Lake access is available via a hiking trail. The road to the campground is a winding mountain road and must be taken slowly.

Natural Features:

Visitors to Cherry Valley campground can enjoy easy access to nearby Cherry Lake, the largest lake in the Stanislaus National Forest. Anglers flock to Cherry Lake every year, plotting their next catch of eastern brook trout, German brown trout, kokanee salmon, and rainbow trout.


There are unlimited opportunities for fishing on lakes and rivers and for exploring hiking trails in the area. Cherry Lake has a boat ramp near the dam, conveniently located off Cherry Lake Road. Visitors to Cherry Valley can enjoy a quiet lake experience great for water sports, swimming, and fishing.


Cherry Valley has 41 single and five double family sites with paved roads and spurs. Each site has a table and campfire pit with a grill. Drinking water and vault toilets are available. The opening and closing dates are somewhat weather dependent, but the campground is generally open for the first day of fishing season, the last Friday in April.

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Boat Trailer Parking
  • Campfire Programs
  • Campfire Rings
  • Creek Access
  • Drinking Water
  • Entrance Station
  • Firewood
  • Firewood Vendor
  • First Aid Kit
  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Host
  • Parking Area
  • Paved Parking
  • Paved Roads
  • Pets Allowed
  • RV sites
  • Scenic Drive
  • Shade
  • Star Gazing
  • Tables
  • Tent sites
  • Trash Collection
  • Vault Toilets
  • Water
  • Water Spigot
  • Wildlife Viewing
Within 10 Miles
  • Backpacking
  • Biking
  • Boat Ramp
  • Boating
  • Canoeing
  • Hunting
  • Jet Skiing
  • Lake Access
  • Non-Motorized Boating
  • Ranger Station
  • Recycling
  • Sailboarding
  • Sailing
  • Scenic Overlooks
  • Tubing
Know Before You Go
  • Be Bear aware; keep all food out of site in approved containers or locked inside your vehicle and remove all food from area after eating.
  • Firewood restrictions are in effect to prevent the spread of invasive insects and disease. Click here for more information.
  • Electric site hook-ups are not available at this facility.
  • This campground has first-come, first-serve sites.
  • A fee will be charged for additional vehicles.
  • Not advised pulling a trailer or 5th wheel.
  • Not advised for motor homes over 24' long.
  • Don't Move Firewood: Protect California's forests from tree-killing pests by buying your firewood locally and burning it on-site. For more information visit firewood.ca.gov.

Getting There:

GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
37.98556, -119.91694
37°59'8"N, 119°55'1"W

Campground can be reached from Hwy 120 using Cherry Lake Road. Going east on Hwy 120 (Big Oak Rd) from Groveland, travel about 3.5 miles and turn left onto Cherry Lake Rd (NF 1N07). Travel on Cherry Lake Rd about 23.5 miles to where it becomes Cottonwood Rd. You will see Cherry Valley Dam. Continue on Cottonwood Rd 75 miles north to Cherry Valley Campground sign. Travel another .75 mile northeast to the campground. NOTE: Cherry Valley is 30 miles from the town of Tuolumne. All units coming to Cherry Valley should be towed from Tuolumne and not Highway 120 from Groveland.

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:


Groveland  CA  95321

Phone Number:

Information:  (209)379-2258
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