NileGuide Expert tip:
Wawona is pleasant and interesting twelve months a year.
Wawona is a small settlement in the southern part of Yosemite National Park. Travelers on Highway 41 will pass by it on their way between Yosemite Valley and the Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias - or make it their base camp for a Yosemite visit.
There's a nice campground beside the South Fork of the Merced River that's open year-round. The historic Wawona Hotel has been a favorite of many Yosemite visitors since the 1870's. Dozens of house and cabin rentals are available through The Redwoods. There are a couple of small grocery/gift stores, a gas station and a post office. A 9-hole golf course attracts some, and there are trailheads for Yosemite-class dayhikes or backpack trips.
In summer, free shuttles depart frequently from the Wawona Store to bring people up to the giant sequoias.
The Pioneer Yosemite History Center gathers elements of park history into one place, and includes a unique covered bridge. Staff and volunteers are on hand in the summer to explain Yosemite's people and stories. Stage rides and horse trips are right there.