Recreation


A high country trail winds its way across rocky ridges in the high country of the Sierra NF

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Recreation use on the Sierra National Forest spans all seasons. People visit the forest for camping, horseback riding, swimming, picnicking, biking and hiking opportunities. Visitors also enjoy fishing, hunting, wildlife viewing, fall-colors, skiing, snowshoeing, and off-highway-vehicle, motorcycle and snowmobile riding.

The Sierra National Forest represents experiences through five wilderness areas; two nationally designated wild and scenic rivers; three nationally designated trails, and two national scenic byways.

The Sierra’s proximity to Yosemite, Kings Canyon & Sequoia National Parks; and the Inyo National Forest with their many trails, high peaks, rivers, deep canyons, wilderness and big trees defines the forest as “United in Breathtaking Tranquility.”

We pride ourselves of the wide variety of natural beauty and recreational opportunities offered to the American public. Begin your adventure today.

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Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information

Recreation Conditions Report

Area Name Status Area Conditions
Badger Flat Campground Closed Forest Order Closure
Badger Flat Group Campground Closed Forest Order Closure
Bear Cove Picnic Site Closed
Big Sandy Campground Closed
Billy Creek Picnic Site Closed
Billy Creek, Lower Campground Closed For Season
Billy Creek, Upper Campground Closed For Season
Black Rock Campground Open NO FEE's - No water, No trees. First come first served.
Bolsillo Campground Closed
Bowler Group Campground Closed Closed by Forest Order
Bretz Mill Campground Open
Buck Meadow Campground Closed
Catavee Campground Closed For Season
Chilkoot Campground Closed Closed by Forest Order
China Bar Camping Area Closed Closed by Forest Order
Clover Meadow Campground Open High Clearance Vehicles Only
Cold Springs Summit Interpretive Site (minor) Closed
College Campground Closed
Courtright Boat Launching Site Open
Courtright Geological Interpretive Site Open
Cranberry Flat Day Use Picnic Site Temporarily Closed
Crane Valley Group Campground Closed Closed by Forest Order
Deer Creek Campground Closed
Denver Church Picnic Site Open
Dinkey Creek Campground Closed
Dinkey Creek Group Campground Closed
Dinkey Fisherman Picnic Site Closed Forest Order Closure
Dirt Flat Campground Open
Dorabelle Campground Closed
Dorabelle Picnic Site Closed
Dowville Picnic Site Closed
Dry Gulch Campground Open
Eastwood Visitor Information Site Closed Under Construction/Renovation
Fish Creek Campground Closed Closed by Forest Order
Florence Lake Picnic Site Closed
Forks Campground Open Limited first come first served sites available.
Fresno Dome Campground Closed CLosed by Forest Order
Fresno Dome Trail Open
Gaggs Camp Campground Closed Closed by Forest Order
Garnet Dike Boat Launching Site Open
Gigantea Campground Closed
Granite Creek Campground Closed Closed by Forest Order
Gravel Flat Camping Area Closed
Greys Mountain Campground Closed
Helms Picnic Site Open
Hermit's Hole Day Use Area Open
Hite Cove Trail Closed
Huntington Boat Ramp & Launching Site Open
Indian Flat Picnic Site Open
Jackass Meadow Campground Closed For Season
Jerseydale Campground Closed Closed by Forest Order
Kamook Trailhead Open
Kelty Meadow Campground Closed Closed by Forest Order
Kinnikinnick Campground Closed For Season
Kirch Flat Campground Closed Closed for Rehabilitation July - December 2021
Kirch Flat Group Campground Closed
Lakeside Picnic Site Open
Le Conte Divide Scenic Overlook and Interpretive S Open
Lewis Creek National Recreation Trail Open Open
Lewis Creek Trail Nrt Trailhead Open
Lily Pad Campground Open Operated by Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) 1-916-386-5164
Little Denver Picnic Site Open
Little Jackass Campground Closed Closed by Forest Order
Lone Sequoia Trailhead Open
Lower Chiquito Campground Closed Closed by Forest Order
Lupine Cedar Bluff Campground Open Operated by California Land Management
Mammoth Pool Campground Closed Closed by Forest Order
Marmot Rock Campground Closed No Running Water, Operated by Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) 1-916-386-5164
McCabe Flat Campground (BLM) Open Operated by the Bureau of Land Management
Mcclendon Beach Day Use Picnic Site Open
Mckinley Grove Picnic Site Open Historical site and nature trail.
Miami Creek OHV Area Open
Midge Creek Group Campground Closed
Mile High Vista Observation Site Open
Mono Creek Campground Closed
Mono Hot Springs Campground Closed
Nelder Grove Campground Closed Rough Road
Nelder Grove Interpretive Picnic Area Closed Shadow of the Giants Trail CLOSED
Oak Flat Camping Area Closed
Pine Slope Picnic Site Open
Pinepoint Picnic Site Open
Placer Campground Closed Closed by Forest Order
Portal Forebay Campground Closed
Portugese Overlook Observation Site Open
Railroad Flat Campground (BLM) Open Operated by the Bureau of Land Management
Rancheria Campground Closed Loop A and all above the Amphitheater remain CLOSED
Recreation Point Group Campground Open
Recreation Point Picnic Area Open
Redbud Picnic Site Open
Redinger Boating Site Open
Redinger Campground Open NO CAMPFIRE or CHARCOAL GRILLS PERMITTED
Redinger Overlook Observation Site Open
Rock Creek Campground Closed Closed by Forest Order
Rocky Point Picnic Site Open
Ross Cabin Interpretive Site (minor) Closed
Ross Crossing Camping Area Closed
Sample Meadow Campground Open
Savage/lundy Trail Closed Forest Order 05-15-51-18-13
Sawmill Flat Campground Open Pack in, Pack out
Shadow Of Giants Trail Closed Forest Order 05.15.51.18.01
Shadow Of The Giants Nrt Trailhead Closed Forest Order 05.15.51.18.01
Smalley Cove Campground Open Operated by Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) 1-916-386-5164
Soda Springs Campground Closed Closed by Forest Order
Soquel Campground Closed
Spring Cove Campground Open
Summerdale Campground Closed
Swanson Campground Closed Hazard Tree Removal
Sweetwater Campground Closed Closed by Forest Order
Texas Flat Group Campground Closed Closed by Forest Order
The Falls Picnic Site Open
Trails End Picnic Site Open
Trapper Springs Campground Closed No Running Water, Operated by Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) 1-916-386-5164 Logging Hazard Trees
Upper Chiquito Campground Open
Upper Kings Group Campground Closed Operated by Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) 1-916-386-5164
Vermillion Campground Closed
Voyager Rock Camping Area Closed Will open & close with the Dusy Ershim Trail 8/1-11/1
Ward Lake Campground Closed
Way of the Mono Trail Temporarily Closed
Wee-mee-kute Picnic Site Closed
West Kaiser Campground Open Rough Road Conditions
Westfall Picnic Site Open
Whiskers Campground Closed Closed by Forest Order
Whisky Falls Campground Closed Closed by Forest Order
Willow Cove Picnic Area Open
Willow Creek Trail Open Parking Fee is Required for this trail - Willow Creek presents dangers, it's extremely slippery rocks and swirling pools. PLEASE be careful and always stay on the trail.
Willow Placer Campground (BLM) Open Operated by the Bureau of Land Management
Windy Point Dispersed Picnic Site Open
Wishon Boating Site Open
Wishon Point Campground Open

Recreation Areas