Activities in Groveland, California

Local Area

From staring in awe at the gorgeous falls in Yosemite National Park to a thrilling ride down the whitewater rapids, there’s no shortage of things to do when you choose vacation lodging at Groveland Hotel near Yosemite National Park. See some of the most popular activities in and around Groveland to better plan your stay.

Experience Yosemite

Many are drawn to Groveland to visit Yosemite National Park and see the famous waterfalls and sequoias, hike the trails, and catch sight of our wildlife – an easy thing to do with our 400 species of fish, birds, mammals, and reptiles. Open year-round, the park spans 1,200 sq. miles with 750 miles of trails and has been a protected landscape since 1864. Yosemite Hospitality, the Yosemite Conservancy, and the Ansel Adams Gallery offer guided tours and walks through the park if you want to learn more about the park during your visit.

The best way to see the park is by hiking it! During the spring, come see our vibrant wildflowers set against larger-than-life Sequoias, or visit in the winter when some of the trails are open for snowshoeing or cross-country skiing. Like most National Parks, Yosemite fills up fast – especially in the summer – and it’s recommended to arrive early in the morning or wait until the afternoon when the crowds die down.

A current seven-day pass for Yosemite National Park for non-commercial vehicles is $35. There are several options for annual passes, like the Yosemite Pass for $70, the America the Beautiful for $80 (covers all National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands), or a lifetime Senior Pass for $80 for visitors that are aged 62 and older. Active military members can receive a free annual pass with the proper identification.

Quiet Season

Yosemite isn’t exactly known for its fall foliage, but if you want to explore the park with fewer crowds then the fall and winter seasons are a great time to visit. There’s still plenty of hiking, biking, picnicking, and wildlife viewing opportunities in the fall and in the winter you can take advantage of the snow with snowshoeing, skiing, and ice skating! See a different side of Yosemite in the quiet season.

Tuolumne River

Whitewater rafting enthusiasts have the opportunity to brave the rapids on the Class IV Tuolumne River near Yosemite National Park. The scenic Tuolumne also provides some of the best fishing in the Groveland area. 

Pine Mountain Lake

Another great spot for both fly and bait fishing is nearby Pine Mountain Lake, a private community where some of our guests discover their next home or vacation property.  There you also can explore the area on a guided horseback ride or enjoy a round of golf.