Big Meadow - Us Forest Service Stanislaus National Forest (CA)

Stanislaus National Forest

Big Meadow Campground lies at about 6,400 feet elevation on the Stanislaus National Forest. It is located 21 miles east of Arnold, California. Breathtaking views abound, and wildlife viewing opportunities include marmots, squirrels, coyotes and deer.

Big Meadow has 65 individual camping units and a group site. The group camp, easily accessible from Highway 4, can accommodate a maximum of 50 guests and 20 vehicles. Vault toilets and drinking water are among the conveniences found here. Pets are allowed.

Need to Know

Natural Features

Situated in the central Sierra Nevada Mountains, Stanislaus National Forest is sandwiched between the well-known destinations, Lake Tahoe and Yosemite. It boasts gorgeous views of snow-capped mountain peaks and California's Great Central Valley.


Picnicking, birding and hiking are popular pastimes at Big Meadow.

Lake Alpine and Spicer Meadow Reservoir, both just a 15 minute drive away, offer fishing and other water activities.

Contact Information



Phone Number

For campground inquiries, please call: 209-795-1381

Rental Options

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Driving Directions

From Arnold, California, take Highway 4 east for 25 miles to the Big Meadow Campground.

Available Campsites

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