Big Meadow Campground

Area Status: Closed
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Located on the Calaveras Ranger District, this scenic campground is within a conifer forest of red fir, white fir, and lodgepole pine with scattered quaking aspen. Sites are large, private and shady. Natural granitic rock outcrops are scattered throughout.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: Calaveras Ranger District (HWY 4)
Reservations: Big Meadow is a first-come, first-served campground.  Reservations are no longer being taken for this campground.
Fees: $19.00 per night.
Best Season: summer
Busiest Season: summer
Restrictions: Some sites may be closed at various times due to hazard trees.
Closest Towns: Emergency medical services are available at the Arnold Medical Clinic in the Meadowmont Shopping Center in Arnold, and at Mark Twain St. Joseph Hospital in San Andreas (Highway 49). Food, gas, and camping supplies available in Arnold, Camp Connell, Bear Valley, and Lake Alpine. Public (fee) showers are available at Lake Alpine Lodge.
Water: Yes, potable
Restroom: Vault toilets, no showers
Passes: America the Beautiful passes (Senior and Access versions only) and Golden Age and Golden Access passes are accepted and reduce camping fee to half-price.
Operated By: US Forest Service

General Information


Adjacent to Big Meadow Group Campground, nine miles southwest of Lake Alpine on Highway 4, 20 miles east of Arnold.

General Notes:

No garbage service: Pack it in, Pack it out.

Bear boxes are available at campground sites.

The campground is located adjacent to Highway 4; some traffic noise may be apparent in individual sites close to the highway.

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Campground Camping

No. of Sites 68

RV Camping

Maximum vehicle length is 27 feet. Not all sites are RV accessible. 

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6,460 feet