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Explore the Tahoe!

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.

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  • 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
Bear Valley Campground Closed
Big Bend Group Campground Open No water available. Please bring your own water for the duration of your stay.
Big Reservoir Campground Closed Call (530) 367-2129 for more information.
Big Trees Nature Trail Unreachable
Bowman Road Closed Bowman Lake road becomes open to OSV use once there is enough snow on the ground for tracked vehicles. Please call (530) 478-6253 Ext. 243
Burlington OHV System - (530) 478-6253 Ext. 243 None DAY USE ONLY. 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
Calpine Fire Lookout None Popular rental with reservations booked approximately 6 months in advance.
Canyon Creek Campground Closed Please contact NID at (530) 265-5302 if you have questions
Carlton Flat Campground Open
Carr Lake Campground Closed PG&E Operated; Opening & closing dates subject to change. Contact: pge.com/recreation
Castle Valley Road Closed
Cold Creek Campground Closed
Cottonwood Creek Campground Closed
Dark Day Campground Open
Diablo Campground Closed Closed until at least May 27th due to snow levels
East Meadow Campground None NID operated.
Foresthill OHV Area - (530)-478-6254 x228 None For status please call: (530)-478-6254 x228 Status recording is updated as conditions change. 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 Open Seasonal winterization in progress. Water, garbage service and restroom cleaning services will be suspended.
Garden Point Campground Open
Giant Gap Campground Closed
Goose Meadow Campground Closed Expect full campgrounds unless you have a reservation.
Granite Flat Campground Closed Expect full campgrounds unless you have a reservation.
Grouse Falls Overlook Trail None
Grouse Ridge Campground Not Cleared Tree across the road ~4 miles up.
Hallelujah Trail Open
Hampshire Rocks Campground Closed
Indian Springs Campground Open
Jackson Meadow Reservoir Unreachable
Joshua M. Hardt Memorial Trail at Sugar Pine Open
Lake of the Woods Unreachable
Lindsey Lake Campground Closed PG&E Operated. Opening & closing dates subject to change. Contact: pge.com/recreation
Little Lasier Meadow Horse Camp Closed
Little Truckee Summit OHV/Snowmobile Staging Area Open
Loch Leven Trail Not Cleared
Lower Little Truckee Campground Closed
Madrone Cove Campground Closed Closed until further notice for hazard tree removal and construction.
Manzanita Day Use, Swim Area Picnic Site Closed
Meadow Knolls Group Camp None PG&E Operated. Opening & closing dates subject to change. Contact: pge.com/recreation. RVs, trailers and campers OK, Rough road, No water
Meadow Lake Campground None
Meadow Lake Shoreline Campground None
Mumford Bar Trail Open
North Fork Campground Open
Parker Flat Staging Area - (530)-478-6254 x228 None For status please call: (530)-478-6254 x228 Status recording is updated as conditions change. 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 None Please contact NID at (530) 265-5302
Pioneer Trail None Closed from White Cloud to Bear Valley due to CalTrans road work. Read More.
Ralston Picnic Site None
Rucker Lake Campground Closed PG&E Operated. Opening & closing dates subject to change. Contact: pge.com/recreation
Schoolhouse Campground Open
Shirttail Campground Closed
Sugar Pine Boat Ramp None
Sugar Pine Staging Area - (530)-478-6254 x228 None For status please call: (530)-478-6254 x228 Status recording is updated as conditions change. 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 Closed
Western States Trail Open
White Cloud Campground Open 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

During the winter months, the American River OHV system may be closed after periods of heavy rain when soil moisture levels would likely result in trail damage if riding were to occur. For the most up to date information, please call (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

Recreation Areas

Highlights

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A Boy Fishing