Recreation

 

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With breathtaking mountain peaks, lush meadows filled with wildflowers, historic mining towns, destination vacation spots at Goodyears Bar, Downieville, Sierra City, Truckee, Yuba River, the Lakes Basin Area and the Jackson Meadows Region, the Tahoe National Forest is one of the most popular recreation forests in the US.

  • In winter, there are outstanding winter sports opportunities including world renowned downhill ski areas and extensive snowmobile and cross-country ski trails to experience.
  • In the summer, an extensive array of hiking trails (including a portion of the Pacific Crest Trail) , OHV, equestrian and mountain biking trails provide access to many lakes, rivers, and mountain tops.

Developed recreation sites including campgrounds, boat ramps, picnic areas, nature trails and even a fire lookout or two that can be rented for overnight occupancy.

Travel Corridors

The recreation information is primarily organized by travel corridor. The main travel corridors are: Interstate 80, Highway 49, Highway 20, Highway 89 (North and South), Foresthill Divide Road, Mosquito Ridge Road, Bowman Road, Marysville Road, and Gold Lakes Road. Activities such as camping and hiking will also have related links to boating, biking, trailheads, parking, and OHV riding in the same corridor.

Accessible Recreation Facilities

Our accessible recreation guide lists facilities and recreation opportunities by Ranger District with features that are accessible for people with disabilities. (Not all locations/facilities listed are 100% accessible.) Because we are continually adding new accessible sites, please call ahead to the Ranger District for more information. The facilities listed meet federal accessibility standards (32-inch minimum width for doorways, adequate room for turning etc).

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information

Recreation Conditions Report

 Area Name Status Area Conditions
American River Trail Open to Visitor
Bear Valley Campground Closed to Visitor
Big Bend Group Campground Closed to Visitor
Big Reservoir Campground Closed to Visitor Call (530) 367-2129 for more information.
Big Trees Nature Trail Open to Visitor
Bowman Road Open to Visitor Unknown/rough conditions to Bowman Lake
Burlington OHV System - (530) 478-6253 Ext. 243    See Motor Vehicle Use Map for additional information. Please call the Yuba River Ranger District for Open/Closed Status dial (530) 478-6253 ext. 243. See Motor Vehicle Use Map for additional information.
Cal Ida Campground Open to Visitor
Calpine Fire Lookout Closed to Visitor Please check back in for closures due to Covid-19. Popular rental with reservations booked approximately 6 months in advance.
Canyon Creek Campground Closed to Visitor
Carlton Flat Campground Open to Visitor
Carr Lake Campground Closed to Visitor PG&E website - www.pge.com/recreation
Castle Valley Road Open to Visitor
Cold Creek Campground Closed to Visitor
Cottonwood Creek Campground Closed to Visitor
Dark Day Campground Open to Visitor
East Meadow Campground Closed to Visitor NID operated
Foresthill OHV Area - (530)-478-6254 x228 Open to Visitor Loop 6, of the Foresthill OHV system, is closed at the lower bridge, due to major bridge damage by a large tree that fell this spring. The trail is still open on both sides, but the bridge is impassable.
French Meadows Campground Closed to Visitor Due to extreme weather conditions in this area, drinking/running water may not be available. Please plan on bringing enough water with you for the duration of your stay.
Garden Point Campground Open to Visitor
Giant Gap Campground Open to Visitor Open April 30
Goose Meadow Campground Open to Visitor Open for reservations beginning May 14
Granite Flat Campground Closed to Visitor
Grouse Falls Overlook Trail Open to Visitor
Grouse Ridge Campground Closed to Visitor
Hallelujah Trail Open to Visitor
Hampshire Rocks Campground Closed to Visitor
Indian Springs Campground Closed to Visitor Opening Father's Day Weekend. Currently closed for hazard trees.
Jackson Meadow Reservoir Closed to Visitor
Joshua M. Hardt Memorial Trail at Sugar Pine Open to Visitor
Lake of the Woods Closed to Visitor
Lindsey Lake Campground Closed to Visitor PG&E website - www.pge.com/recreation
Little Lasier Meadow Horse Camp Closed to Visitor
Little Truckee Summit OHV/Snowmobile Staging Area   
Loch Leven Trail Open to Visitor
Lower Little Truckee Campground Open to Visitor
Madrone Cove Campground Open to Visitor
Manzanita Day Use, Swim Area Picnic Site Closed to Visitor
Meadow Knolls Group Camp Closed to Visitor Per PG&E: Closed for the 2021 Season
Meadow Lake Campground Closed to Visitor
Meadow Lake Shoreline Campground Closed to Visitor
North Fork Campground Closed to Visitor Closed for hazard tree removal
Parker Flat Staging Area - (530)-478-6254 x228    Loop 6, of the Foresthill OHV system, is closed at the lower bridge due to major bridge damage by a large tree that fell this spring. The trail is still open on both sides, but the bridge is impassable.
Pass Creek Campground Closed to Visitor Please contact NID at (530) 265-5302
Pioneer Trail Open to Visitor
Ralston Picnic Site Open to Visitor
Rucker Lake Campground Closed to Visitor PG&E Operated
Schoolhouse Campground Open to Visitor
Shirttail Campground Open to Visitor Open April 30
Sugar Pine Boat Ramp Open to Visitor Open for day use
Sugar Pine Staging Area - (530)-478-6254 x228 Open to Visitor Loop 6, of the Foresthill OHV system, is closed at the lower bridge due to major bridge damage by a large tree that fell this spring. The trail is still open on both sides, but the bridge is impassable.
Upper Little Truckee Campground Open to Visitor
Western States Trail Open to Visitor
White Cloud Campground Open to Visitor White Cloud Campground has experienced tree mortality and disease. In order to keep visitors safe, we have been removing dead & dying trees within the campground. We are cleaning up the area. Thank you for your patience. Tahoe National Forest

Spotlights

Burlington OHV System - (530) 478-6253 Ext. 243

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For Open/Closed status, please call the Tahoe National Forest, Yuba River Ranger District office in Camptonville, CA at (530) 478-6253, ext. 243.

The Burlington Motorcycle Trail System includes 50 miles of winding, narrow trails.  The staging area is 0.1 mile from Highway 20 on the Chalk Bluff Road.

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Parker Flat Staging Area - (530)-478-6254 x228

Closure notice: Loop 6, of the Foresthill OHV system, is closed at the “lower bridge”, due to major bridge damage by a large tree that fell this spring.  The trail is still open on both sides, but the bridge is impassable.

Staging area for Foresthill OHV Trails with limited camping available (camping subject to closure per forest order).

Beginning fall of 2020, the Sugar Pine Off-Highway Vehicle (OHV) Wet Weather Management Plan will be implemented for OHV Roads and Trails on American River Ranger District. This will increase OHV riding opportunities by adopting a more flexible open/close strategy for riding in Foresthill CA. This soil-moisture condition-based approach will help Trail Managers determine when existing OHV roads and trails should be opened or closed in the Sugar Pine Motorized Trail System area. The associated operating plan will minimize resource damage caused by travel during wet weather periods. The removal of the fixed wet weather seasonal closure dates are expected to reduce future sediment delivery and improve water quality. Up to date closure status can be found at the voicemail (530)-478-6254 x228. During fall and winter months, please check this number frequently to get up to date OHV riding opportunities and closure status

Areas & Activities

Highlights

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A Boy Fishing

 



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