Oak Hollow Campground is one of two campgrounds in Calaveras Big Trees State Park, featuring wide-open, walk-in campsites under the cover of redwoods and other conifer trees. The campground is nearly two miles into the park, away from the main gate and visitors center. Oak Hollow has two main loops with the campsites mostly up and away from the road.
Calaveras Big Trees State Park is home to two giant groves redwoods, some of which are the oldest living redwoods trees in California. The park is situated on the western slope of the Sierra Nevada mountain range. There is a nature trail that guides visitors through the North Grove of redwoods. The other campground in Calaveras Big Trees is North Grove Campground.
Each campsite includes a fire ring, picnic table, bear locker, and access to bathrooms and showers.
Oak Hollow Campground – Bottom Line
We really liked Oak Hollow Campground. Most of the campsites require you to park along the main loops through the campground and walk your camping gear the short distance (sometimes uphill) to the actual campsite, where the picnic table and bear locker are located. Since the campsites are located away from the main loop and are walk-in, the campsites tend to be spaced further apart with plenty of trees between them providing privacy.
Oak Hollow campground is pretty quiet and relaxing, but you do need to be on the lookout for bears. We never felt threatened by the bears here, but we did encounter them a couple times. The first time was in the morning after we made breakfast, which may have been a coincidence, a small black bear ran along a log behind our campsite. The second time was at night while we were sitting around the fire. A larger black bear was walking up the path from the road to our campsite, to which our dog Montana alerted us to by growling. After shining our flashlight on it, the bear turned around and walked away. Just be sure to properly secure your food and anything with scents and you should be fine.
We were hard pressed to find really bad campsites at Oak Hollow, but we would recommend avoiding those that back on to the main road that leads to the park gate and North Grove. These campsites are numbers 79-93. The best campsites at Oak Hollow Campground in Calaveras Big Trees State Park are 95, 96, 102, 106, 107, 112, 113, 115, 116 – 119, and 121-128. Our absolute favorite campsites are 112 & 113, as they are very large and very private.
Oak Hollow Campground Features
|Number of Campsites:||51 Campsites|
|RV/Trailer Length:||30 Feet|
|Cell Phone Service:||None|
|Operating Season:||May 21st – September 9th|
|Geo Coordinates:||38.273383, -120.290833|
|Nearest City/Town:||Arnold, California|
|Elevation:||Approximately 4800 Feet|
|Location:||Calaveras County, California|
|Paved Road Access:||Yes|
|Proximity to Stores:||Arnold, CA is 7 miles west|
|Directions:||From SF Bay Area
Take I-580 eastbound over Altamont Pass to I-205 toward Manteca, to US 99 North. Take the exit for State Hwy 4 Eastbound (Angel’s Camp) to the Park Entrance. Calaveras Big Trees is about 35 minutes driving from Angel’s Camp.From Southern California
Take either I-5 or US 99 North. From I-5 you can cross to the other side of Stockton on State Hwy 4 to 99/4 South a few miles, then follow Hwy 4 towards and beyond Farmington to the Park. Calaveras Big Trees is about 35 minutes driving time from Angel’s Camp.From Sacramento
Take U.S. 99 South to Stockton. Turn East on State Hwy 4. Driving time to the park from here is approx 1 hour and 30 minutes. Pass through Farmington and Copperopolis to the Park. An alternate route from Sacramento is to take State Hwy 16 to State Hwy 49 South through Jackson, San Andreas, and Angels Camp.From Nevada
Take US 395 to State Hwy 89 West to the terminus of State Hwy 4, up over Ebbett’s Pass to the Park. The road is closed in Winter. It’s very scenic, but so steep and tortuous that trailers and large motorhomes are ill-advised to use it.
Maps & Brochures
|Web:||Calaveras Big Trees State Park Website||Twitter:|
|Reservations:||Online Campsite Reservations|
When To Go
Late Fall – Calaveras Big Trees State Park is great in the Late September – October timeframe, the weather is nice, the leaves are turning on some of the trees, and the crowds are not there. This makes it more relaxing and easier to get a campsite.
What To Do
The big draw to Calaveras Big Trees State Park are the big trees (go figure). From Oak Hollow Campground, you can easily get to the South Grove, where you will find lots of huge Sierra Redwoods, both standing and those that have fallen. The best way to experience the big trees is by taking one of the many trails throughout the park and campground. There are also trails that lead to stunning overlooks and the Stanislaus River.
Not far from Calaveras Big Trees State are three state historical parks that are worth checking out.
• Columbia State Historic Park – 3 miles north of Sonora off Hwy. 49
• Indian Grinding Rock State Historic Park – 11 miles northeast of Jackson on Pine Grove-Volcano Road
• Railtown 1897 State Historic Park – In Jamestown on 5th Avenue, off Hwy. 108
Snowshoe Brewing Company – If you are a craft beer fan like we are, you like to visit breweries when you travel, so you will want to stop in the nearby town of Arnold, CA to visit Snowshoe Brewing Company.