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Lillaskog Lodge

Driving Directions

Directions to the Lodge: 27557 Packard Canyon Rd. Groveland, CA 95321

Do not rely on GPS to find Lillaskog. The location is wrong! Google Maps is best, but be aware that Google lists Packard Canyon Road as Forest Rte 1S13. The sign on Hwy 120 says Packard Canyon Road

Follow your G.P.S. to the historic town of Groveland, CA

Continue through Groveland on Hwy. 120 east for 11 miles

You will pass Buck Meadows (on your left), continue for 1 mile

Pass "Rim of the World - Vista Point" (also on your left) and continue for 1/2 mile

You will cross over a small bridge; our road is immediately after the bridge on the right

Turn right onto Packard Canyon Road. We are 3/4 of a mile up the road, follow the signs to Lillaskog!

Eco-Friendly Notes

Lillaskog recycles, composts, and protects our environment.

Locally or Family Owned Business Notes

Lillaskog is the life dream of Bill Charlson, a retired park ranger and administrator. In 1999 a forest fire on Pilot Ridge ravaged the area. The following winter the Charlson family bought the acreage that became Lillaskog, borrowing from the family’s Swedish ancestry, the name Lillaskog (pronounced Lillaskoog) is Swedish for “Little Forest”.

After the Pilot Fire, the land was salvage logged. Bill then replanted twenty thousand baby trees, so the name “little forest” seemed quite suitable.

Bill also bought a small sawmill and began drawing up plans to build his dream Lodge. All of the dimension lumber, main support logs, framing and floors are milled from timber that came from the property. Work halted only briefly when in 2002 Bill was unexpectedly diagnosed with cancer. After undergoing extensive surgery and cancer treatments, Bill made a miraculous recovery and went back to work on the Lodge. After six years of hard work, Bill opened Lillaskog Lodge as a Bed & Breakfast welcoming guests from all around the world.

When the Rim Fire started in August 2013, staff and guests had to flee the raging fire. The firefighters made a special effort to save the Lodge, as Bill has been such a good steward of the surrounding forest. The Lodge was saved and opened up for the firefighters battling the blaze as a place to shower, eat and get a few hours of sleep. It also served as a command post during the fire.

The aftermath of the fire was devastating. Bill lost 3 acres of 14 year old trees and 5 acres of market size timber.

After the early March storms in 2014, Bill started planting 1700 tree seedlings and finished the work on April 5th. Bill also installed 1 ½ miles of drip tubing to water over a 30 acre area.

Bill is currently logging and milling the salvaged lumber with plans for new construction. He plans to build 2 or 3 smaller cabins for the Charlson family and to rent out to guests.

In January 2014, the Lodge reopened for guests to enjoy while exploring Yosemite National Park. Although it no longer operates as a Bed & Breakfast, the Lodge is now available for family's to gather and explore Yosemite. Lillaskog also hosts Events, such as, Weddings, Corporate & Spiritual Retreats and Reunions.

Located 11 miles from the Big Oak Flat entrance to Yosemite National Park, Lilliskog is nestled on a serene mountain top surrounded by the Stanislaus National Forest, Lillaskog Lodge is perfect for family reunions, larger parties and special events such as retreats, weddings, etc. It is a wonderful place to start new family traditions!

Lillaskog Lodge is located 11 miles from the Big Oak Flat entrance to Yosemite National park. Whether you are exploring Yosemite, entertaining family or hosting a large group, Lillaskog has something for everyone.

The 5000 square foot Lodge is styled with a Swedish flair borrowing from the family’s Swedish ancestry. The name Lillaskog (pronounced Lillaskoog) is Swedish for “Little Forest”.

After your day exploring Yosemite, BBQ on the patio or cook your family’s favorite dishes in our large, fully equipped kitchen. Relax in the spacious great room, or borrow a book from the loft library and curl up by the stone fireplace.

Lillaskog has free Wi-Fi and flat screen, satellite TV’s in the Great Room and all of the bedrooms.

The main floor of the Lodge is totally wheelchair accessible and consists of a large, fully equipped Kitchen and the Great Room with floor to ceiling windows and a stone fireplace. A piano is available in the Dining area adjacent to the Great Room, for those who are musically inclined. This floor has two bedrooms and three bathrooms one of which is fully wheelchair accessible. Surrounding the Lodge’s main level is a wheelchair accessible wraparound balcony so you can enjoy a sunrise over Yosemite and the sunsets over the Stanislaus National forest.
Our laundry facility is also located on the main floor.

The upper loft area features the library and a master bedroom suite with a private balcony and bath.

The lower level includes a bonus room which can be set up with 6 twin beds or as a conference/meeting room. The lower level also has three bedrooms and three bathrooms.

All of our bedrooms are appointed with soft, quality bed linens, individual climate control, irons and flat screen satellite TV’s.

Our bathrooms are stocked with big, soft, fluffy towels, hair dryers and complimentary soap, shampoo and conditioner. The Half Dome bathroom on the main floor is ADA wheelchair accessible with a removable elevated toilet seat and shower chair.

The grounds surrounding the Lodge have two lawn areas. The lower, larger lawn area features the Gazebo with an incredible view as the backdrop. This area is often used for weddings.
The upper lawn area is a favorite for watching the beautiful sunsets or roasting marshmallows over the fire pit. It is also adjacent to our large cobblestone area which can be set up with tables for outdoor dining for our large groups to enjoy. A wonderful spot for wedding receptions with beautiful views!

Swim or fish in the nearby Rainbow Pool, go whitewater rafting down the Tuolumne River. Hike the trails of Yosemite and take your own photographs of the natural treasures that you can only experience in Yosemite. Visit Bodie State Park which is a real old west ghost town or pan for gold in Historic Jamestown.

Lodging Style and Amenities

The main floor of the cabin is wheelchair accessible and consists of a large, fully equipped kitchen and the dining area with beautiful views. The great room features a floor to ceiling stone fireplace, flat screen TV and entertainment center. The great room and dining area have floor to ceiling windows with stunning views!

There are also two bedrooms on this floor, Bridalveil and Half Dome, with three bathrooms (one of which is fully Handicapped accessible). A piano is available for those who are musically inclined.

The upper loft area contains the library and the master bedroom, El Capitan. The bathroom has an antique claw foot tub with a halo shower.

The lower level includes a Bonus Room with 6 twin beds. There are three other bedrooms, Bodie, Tioga, and Mono. There are also three bathrooms.

Surrounding the cabin is a wheelchair accessible veranda so you can enjoy a sunrise over Yosemite and the sunset over the Stanislaus National Forest.

Pet Friendly Notes

We allow pets ( refundable deposit and cleaning charge required )

Recreational Opportunities

Yosemite National Park!

Rainbow Pool is a natural swimming hole fed by the Tuolumne River. It's less than 2 miles from the Lodge. Rainbow Pool is a great way to cool off in the Summer heat.

Carlon Falls is an easy hike that starts right outside of the park and ends up in a beautiful spot in Yosemite.

Glacier Point has incredible views and the Giant Sequoia trees are really something! They are the largest and tallest living things on earth!

Tuolumne Meadows is a beautiful place in the high country. It's also on the way to Mono Lake and Bodie State Park. Bodie is a real "Old West" ghost town!


Seasons Open



Rate Range

$950.00 - $1,250.00 per night


  • Eco-Friendly
  • Locally or Family-Owned Business