28000 South Austin Road
Ripon, California 95366
I enjoy hiking the trails in this park in the winter, when many of the leaves on the trees have fallen, and the the shapes of the branches can be seen against the sky and the individuality of each tree is revealed, and especially at dusk, when an ancient mystical feeling decends upon all natural areas. I enjoy the odors of the decaying leaves while exploring the trails, and the cold breezes blowing over the river, and bumping into the occasional streams caused by the river overflow. This park can be like a cathedral when you need time to yourself or to just enjoy nature at it's simple best.
Always a great trail walk, just avoid poison oak. Was disappointed this time to see the "no fishing until further notice" sign at entry. Kids had been looking forward to throwing out a line, and there was no notice on the website, FB, or anywhere else I could see. There are always homeless campers in the campground, but they're usually respectful and clean up after themselves.
This is my favorite place for camping. It's super conveniently located just an hour drive away. The camp sites are big, clean, and surrounded with trees or grass. Each site is unique from the next, which makes it feel special. There is a beautiful little river that is just magical to float down on a nice hot summer day. The bathrooms are relatively clean for a camp ground. I love this place. It's really perfect for the whole family.
When camping it is very important to check in with the camp host or kiosk staff even if you have a reservation. People sometimes occupy sites already reserved and then have to move. No one knew who the camper was that occupied his site without checking in and then left it unattended to visit family. The park is required to keep a log of each campsite: occupant name, all vehicle license plate numbers, and in and out dates. Each vehicle is required to display a yellow camping tag issued by the staff. All this is to help keep the campers safe and happy during their stay and to help the staff manage the campground that often has hundreds of campers each weekend during the summer.