An amazing place!!! The drive, in a 32ft RV,was fine and absolutely stunning. We had never been here before but always wanted to return to Yosemite and visit Toulumne Meadows. It did not disappoint and was even more refreshing after the noisewe encountered at Upper Pines. Tioga Road had only opened 3 weeks prior to our trip and this campground had only opened 2 days before we stayed here. It was beautiful, the stream running along it is stunning and the campground was very peaceful. Toulumne Meadows itself is beautiful and much quieter than the village area of Yosemite, definitely worth a visit. Each evening the Park ranger gives talks at the local campfire and there are even ones for the children.
This was like a car park as it is all tarmaced and you park within the white lines, each RV is no more than 3 feet away. Having said that we paid for an ocean view and it was stunning. You are parked along the cliff edge and look straight out over the ocean and with this view you forgot you had neighbors. Had we been in any of the other sites we may as well have parked at Wal-Mart as there wasn't even enough room for a picnic table and the slide outs are only about 4 inches apart. On the website it says that you are 10 minutes away from San Francisco but I guess this means the sign on the freeway as we got a taxi downtown and it look at least 25 minutes and cost $33. If you don't want to get a taxi you can get bus right outside the park and then the Bart train. This was very easy to do and depending on the bus could take between 40 minutes and 90 minutes. The bus cost $1.75 single and the Bart train $3.10 single. The campground was very clean and the staff very helpful. It also has a pool which looked very inviting although after long days in San Francisco we didn't get to use it. I would recommend this site if you want to visit San Francisco but don't want to stay in a bad area. It was nice to come back to the stunning views and take our 19 month old down to the beach before bed.
We were really lucky with this site as we had tried to book online but all the sites were booked. We read in the Lonely Planet Guide that you could turn up at the reservations desk at Curry Village and put your name on a list. At 3pm you return to see if there are any available sites where people have left early at which point they will sell them on a first come first serve basis. We put our name on the list at 9.30am and managed to get a site in Upper Pines. The day we got our site there were 24 sites available but the previous day there were only 7 so its very hit and miss but worth a go. We had always said we would return to Yosemite in an RV after staying at Camp 4 in a tiny 2 man tent so were very excited when we got our pitch. Unfortunately our excitement was shortlived as we had 2 rude families staying either side of us. They would walk right through our site, stand on either side of our picnic bench and throw the ball to each other or just talk to each other but shouting over our heads. These were the only rude Americans we met on our whole trip!! Anyway back to our site.. It was a really pretty area to be in and close to all the amenities. There are no hook ups but you are allowed your generator on for a short time, they regulate this to keep the noise down but unfortunately due to the amount of noisy people on this site it wouldn't matter. People were still being noisy at midnight and we had one ignorant guy who thought his guitar playing was worth listening to at 1am!! Basically this site is really nice but due to it being a busy place there is a lot of noise. Definitely stay if you want to visit Yosemite Village and hopefully you will have more considerate neighbors.
We booked this in the morning and took the last site. Luckily we looked onto the stream and it was a corner plot which gave us more room than most. This site is like a large car park and all the RVs are lined up, you are extremely close to each other. The space between was tiny, we met some people who's neighbors had taken over the small area so there was no room for them to sit out in the evening. Luckily for us we had only booked one night as we were on our way to Yosemite National Park and as far as I know its the closest RV park to it. From here to the Village in Yosemite it took us a couple of hours, in a 32ft RV. It easy to walk into Oakhurst from the RV Park though if you need to stock up on supplies or grab a bite to eat. Oakhurst is a cute place.
This was an amazing campsite. We pre-booked the first night and then spoke the the ranger at 9 am the following morning for a site for that night. We were given another site but still at Lodgepole Campground. This area is beautiful as you are amongst the trees and we had deer come right up to our RV when sat out in the evening. Here we stayed at No 22 and No 175. No 22 was closer to amenities but No 175 was close to the Tokopah Falls and this is where we had the deer near us. I would recommend this campground to anyone!!
This was our 1st campground and even though we had reserved a site our reservation was not written down, however, the staff member was very helpful and even gave us a bigger site with full hook up. The sites are very close together and some were a lot nicer than others. A good location for getting into Sequoia National Park. We only stayed the one night.