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.
- Check the alerts/notices page for fire restrictions, closures, etc. before your trip
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.
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).
- For more information on accessible recreation facilities on the Tahoe National Forest, follow this link.
Map showing recreational areas. Map Information
Recreation Conditions Report
|Area Name||Status||Area Conditions|
|American River Trail||Open||Access from Mumford Bar. Logs may be across trail.|
|Bear Valley Campground||Open||No Fees, No Services|
|Big Bend Group Campground||Closed||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||Temporarily Closed||Access only from Foresthill Rd or 11 Pines, Mosquito Ridge Rd closed|
|Bowman Road||Open||Snow starts around mile post 6. Travel not recommended past that point.|
|Burlington OHV System||Closed||DAY USE ONLY. 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|
|Carlton Flat Campground||Open|
|Carr Lake Campground||None||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|
|East Meadow Campground||Closed||NID operated.|
|Foresthill OHV Area - (530)-478-6254 x228||Open||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||Closed||Access only from Foresthill Rd or 11 Pines, Mosquito Ridge Rd closed|
|Garden Point Campground||Open|
|Giant Gap Campground||Open|
|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||Open||Access only from Foresthill Rd or 11 Pines, Mosquito Ridge Rd closed|
|Grouse Ridge Campground||Open||Be aware of snow. Road is very muddy with deep ruts|
|Hampshire Rocks Campground||Closed|
|Indian Springs Campground||Closed|
|Jackson Meadow Reservoir||Closed|
|Joshua M. Hardt Memorial Trail at Sugar Pine||Open|
|Lake of the Woods||Closed|
|Lindsey Lake Campground||None||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||Open|
|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||Closed|
|Parker Flat Staging Area - (530)-478-6254 x228||Open||For status please call: (530)-478-6254 x228 Status recording is updated as conditions change.|
|Pass Creek Campground||Closed||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||Temporarily Closed||Access only from Foresthill Rd or 11 Pines, Mosquito Ridge Rd closed|
|Rucker Lake Campground||None||PG&E Operated. Opening & closing dates subject to change. Contact: pge.com/recreation|
|Sugar Pine Boat Ramp||Temporarily Closed|
|Sugar Pine Staging Area - (530)-478-6254 x228||Open||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||Not Cleared||Not cleared|
|White Cloud Campground||Open|
Burlington OHV System
Currently closed due to moisture and snow.
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.
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