Merced River Trail in Mariposa County

Merced River Trail

Briceberg, California
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Local Phone: (209) 379-9414

The Merced River Recreation Area about 12 miles north of Mariposa and near the entrance to Yosemite National Park provides overflow or alternative camping for park visitors, as well as a beautiful setting for river enthusiasts.

The best times to visit are spring and summer. Many commercial raft outfitters, licensed and supervised by BLM, offer trips on the Merced River.

The 18-mile Merced River Trail for hikers, mountain bikers and horseback riders follows the old Yosemite Railroad grade from the Briceburg Visitor Center along the north side of the river to the Highway 49 bridge at Bagby.

The trail is ungroomed and for the most part ungraded. Three campgrounds are available along the trail (see website).

• Please pick up after your dog.
• Pets must be leashed in developed areas and are not allowed at the McCabe Beach swimming area. 

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River explores Hite Cove Trail - Photo Credit: @thewildriverflow
River explores Hite Cove Trail - Photo Credit: @thewildriverflow
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Zoe at Tuolumne South Fork. Photo by jenkinson2455 (CC)
Zoe at Tuolumne South Fork. Photo by jenkinson2455 (CC)
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Arch Rock entrance. Photo: Judy Sutton
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Arch Rock entrance. Photo Judy Sutton.
Arch Rock entrance. Photo Judy Sutton.
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