I usually go camping the weekend before Memorial Day each year to get myself in outdoors-mode for the season, and before the rush of summer activity. This year, I headed to Jerseydale U.S. Forest Service Campground for the weekend of May 18-20.
Though a short, two-night trip, it was just enough to temporarily satisfy my appetite for the great outdoors.
There are good trails in the area, for both hiking and four-wheeling.
Jerseydale Campground is in the northwest corner of the Sierra National Forest about 12 miles from Mariposa. It was only 62 miles from my home in central Fresno and I made the drive in about an hour and a half pulling a tent trailer. I could have made it in less time but was held up by road work and slow traffic.
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The campground is at about 3,600 feet elevation. There are 10 sites, trash service, vault toilets and water faucets. There is currently no fee.
If you like a nice, quiet camping experience off the beaten path of most summer campers, you might find Jerseydale to your liking.