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Tahoe National Forest

National Forest
Camping at Meadow Lake, Nevada County – John Skinner

ADA Accessibility Notes

A variety of trails, campgrounds, and picnic areas are accessible.

The Tahoe National Forest is located in the northern Sierra Nevada - half way between Sacramento and Lake Tahoe. On the west side, the forest is characterized by steep, rugged canyons and beautiful rivers amidst dense pines and firs. Lofty peaks along the Sierra crest provide spectacular views. The east side of the forest slopes more gently toward the Nevada border and is somewhat arid with scattered pines and sagebrush. The Tahoe National Forest does NOT include Lake Tahoe.

National Forests are managed to provide a variety of resources including an abundance of outstanding recreation areas. Reducing hazardous fuels, especially near local communities, is one of the primary goals on this National Forest.

The forest is also heavily mineralized with much of it currently claimed for mining activities, including gold. Cattle and sheep are often found grazing during the summer.

The Tahoe National Forest also provides an important wildlife habitat for almost 400 species of wildlife making their homes in the various ecosystems of the forest. An abundance of birds, mammals, amphibians, reptiles and fish can be found.

The Forest Headquarters are located in Nevada City at 631 Coyote Street. At this location a variety of maps, permits, and other information is available.

Ranger Stations are located in Camptonville, Sierraville, Truckee, and Foresthill, and provide a variety of maps, brochures, and permits.

Yuba River Ranger Station 15924 Highway 49 Camptonville, CA 95922 530-288-3231

Sierraville Ranger Station 317 S Lincoln (Hwy 89N) Sierraville, CA 96126 530-994-3401

Truckee Ranger Station 10811 Stockrest Springs Rd Truckee, CA 96161 530-587-3558

American River Ranger Station 22830 Foresthill Rd Foresthill, CA 95631 530-367-2224

Pet Friendly Notes

Pets must remain on leashes in developed recreation sites and must always be under control by the owner throughout the forest.

Recreational Opportunities

Outstanding recreation opportunities are found here throughout the summer and winter. Camping, picnicking, backpacking, canoeing, kayaking, rock climbing, fishing and hunting are all popular. In the winter, cross country skiing and snowmobiling are enjoyed. There are a variety of downhill ski areas on the Tahoe National Forest as well.

Hundreds of miles of trails are provided for hiking, backpacking, horseback riding, mountain biking, and off-road vehicle riding. A scenic byway through the forest as well as Interstate-80 provide access to the many developed and undeveloped sites.

Recreation Opportunity Guides for various recreation activities are free and are available at the Forest Headquarters and each Ranger Station. Maps are available for a fee.


Seasons Accessible

Summer, Fall, Winter, and Spring!


Fees are charged in most developed recreation sites such as campgrounds.

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