Horseshoe Road Campground is part of the park system scattered along the lower Stanislaus River within the foothills of the Sierra Nevada. The environmental campground boasts quiet, peaceful tent sites situated next to the river’s edge. The scenic recreation areas and river access points are popular for activities such as rafting, picnicking, hiking and much more. Stanislaus River Parks is often referred to as the “string of pearls” since they serve as charming, quiet oasis running through a number of small towns and cities.
Horseshoe Road Recreation Area Campground is one of the three reservation campgrounds in Stanislaus River Parks’ system. Its primitive amenities include vault toilets and non-potable water near the campsites. Each campsite contains a picnic table, fire ring, and a lantern holder. Campers park their vehicles in the front lot and walk approximately, a half mile to their campsites.
o No vehicle access to campsite, no exceptions (must walk or boat gear in), parking area 0.75 mile, 25 minutes from actual campsite. Recommended to bring wagons.
o Recreation.gov confirmation must be presented to Park Host or Ranger Staff during check-in to receive parking passes (limit of 2 passes per individual site and 5 passes for group site)
o Parking is available on a first come, first served basis
o Earliest check-in time is 1:00 pm, latest check-out time is 12:00 pm. Latest check-in time is one hour before actual sunset (check sunset time prior to visit)
o Quiet hours are 10 p.m. - 6 a.m.
o Campers can exit over spike strip after sunset for emergencies, but cannot re-enter until park gate opens at 6:00 a.m.
o High river flow may flood campsites - Campers are responsible for contacting the park office for flow reports prior to arrival date
o A maximum of 2 tents and 6 people for individual sites and 5 tents and 25 people for group site
o There are a number of unique animal / insect species(s) native to this area, so, for your own safety, please don't approach or disturb wildlife
o Collecting or gathering firewood isn't permitted at this location please bring your own certified firewood to prevent the spread of invasive species – Find vendors
o No gasoline powered equipment
o Refer to Code of Federal Regulations - Title 36 for rules and regulations of the park
The campground scenery is a pleasant mix of Fremont cottonwoods, Valley oaks and the occasional Elderberry bush, offering excellent shade with dispersed rays of sunshine. Nearby, grasses, shrubs and seasonal wildflowers fill the open spaces.
Wildlife is also plentiful in the park with mule deer, acorn woodpeckers, scrub jays, foxes and squirrels among lots of other fauna.
Within a short 10 min drive, campers can explore the historic town of Knights Ferry, rich with history of the gold rush era. Within the historic district, lies Knights Ferry Recreation Area, home to the longest covered bridge west of the Mississippi River and a National Historic Landmark dedicated in 2014. The park boasts walking and hiking trails, picnic areas and river access points. Visitors can learn about the area when they visit the Knights Ferry Information Center, which contains a small museum highlighting local, natural, and cultural resources.
Visitors have a unique opportunity to make reservations with local rafting companies to journey down the Stanislaus River. During the summer months, rafters can enjoy guided and self-guided floats down the lower Stanislaus River. For thrill seekers, the fall season brings perfect flows for advanced white water in the Goodwin Canyon.
Fall also brings thousands of Chinook salmon returning to the Stanislaus River to spawn, completing and beginning their lifecycles. Onlookers, can view the spawning salmon from several river access points along the river.
The campground offers an excellent base camp for exciting recreation opportunities. The park boasts walking and hiking trails, picnic areas and river access points for fishing and boating.
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17968 COVERED BRIDGE RD OAKDALE CA 95361
For campground inquiries, please call: 209-881-3517
From Oakdale, California, take CA-108/CA-120 East. In 3.7 miles, Turn left on Orange Blossom Road and continue for approximately 4.4 miles, then turn right into Horseshoe Road Recreation Area. Proceed past the park entrance and paved parking lot until you reach the gravel parking lot with the vault toilet.
From Sonora, California, take CA-108 West. In approximately 16 miles turn right on Kennedy Road/Sonora Road. In 0.4 miles, turn right on to Sonora Road. Continue on Sonora Road through the town of Knights Ferry for 2.1 miles and then continue straight onto Orange Blossom Road for 2.4 miles. Turn left into Horseshoe Road Recreation Area. Proceed past the park entrance and paved parking lot until you reach the gravel parking lot with the vault toilet.