The Stanislaus National Forest 

Driving from the Groveland Hotel  to Yosemite National Park, you get a glimpse of the massive Stanislaus National Forest.   Larger than Rhode Island, the Stanislaus National Forest covers 1,403.3 square miles (3,634.5 square kilometers) and spans Tuolumne, Mariposa, Calaveras and Alpine counties.  With this much area, the Stanislaus National Forest offers amazing recreational opportunities year-round.   

Explore the forest on foot as you try out one of the many hikes near Groveland.  The Stanislaus’s terrain offers something for everyone.  Take the gentle 3 mile loop called the Little Golden Forest Trail or spend the day on the more adventurous Tuolumne River Canyon trail.  Find out what fellow hikers recommend (or don’t) on one of our favorite hike review sites: AllTrails.   

Are you building your Life List of Birds?  Our local birding community always does the Christmas Bird Count.  Come see all the species they have identified and check out three amazing areas near Groveland for birding 

The Stanislaus National Forest is home to some if the world’s best white-water rafting.  Summer brings a chance to raft the Tuolumne river.  Book your stay early as rooms fill up for the summer rafting season.     

Bringing your mountain bike to Groveland? For the latest MB trails, check in with Groveland Trailheads, a Groveland based group that maps, builds and rides our local trails.  

Snow comes to the Stanislaus around November, bringing a chance for skiing, snowmobiling or some light sno-play, the Stanislaus National Forest is a haven for winter sports 

Established in 1897, the Stanislaus National Forest is one of the country’s oldest national forests. Come stay at the l and make some history of your own here! 

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