North Fork has many interesting and enjoyable places to visit and explore.
Once known as Crane Valley, Bass Lake offers wonderful opportunities for recreation and relaxation. This scenic tree-lined lake offers great water recreation experiences as well as camping, hiking, horseback riding, off road fun, and picnicking. During peak summer recreation months there are many choices for dining and a variety of lodging options. Search online at Bass Lake Recreation Area for more information or call 559 683 4636, Yosemite Sierra Visitors Bureau or 559 877 2410, North Fork Visitors Center.
Geocaching is a global treasure hunt for folks with GPS access.
Learn about it here
A nice map of local Geocaches
The Siderman Family Camp & Conference Center has year-round horseback riding!
Ph # cell 412 725 3770
main office 310 910 1770
address: 56887 Shinn Cabin Lane North Fork
Siderman Family Camp and Conference Center is close to Bass Lake, Yosemite National Park, Mammoth Falls, and the majestic Sierra Nevada. The Conference Center adjoins the pristine Manzanita Lake. Come sit by the lake and view the swans, ducks and Canadian geese. Cast your fishing pole into Manzanita Lake, and be inspired by the fresh pine trees, clean air and beautiful views, while catching Trout, Bluegill and Bass.
Go kayaking, horseback riding, or try your hand at archery. You can bring your bike along and ride the ample highway with stunning views in every direction. The Siderman Family Camp and Conference Center sets the stage for a perfect time to relax for groups of 10 to 100 people. Hike the 92 acres of forest filled with Pine, Oak and Manzanita trees. Kick back and relax in one of our rustic cabins, or pitch your own tent and enjoy the beautiful star filled nights. We are the place you want to be for your down time.
Our dining room and deck overlook the forest terrain. We also have conference rooms available. We have light cooking facilities available, or bring your own barbecue. We also offer full on site catering of healthy vegetarian or kosher meals! Each rustic cabin comes with bunk beds and mattresses. Clean and modern bathrooms are available just a short walk away from the cabins. The staff at Siderman Family Camp and Conference Center invite you to come and relish the clean air and quiet that only our location can offer. (Credit to Siderman Website)
Located a short 1.5 miles from North Fork on Road 222 heading north, this lovely little man-made lake is a great location for relaxing and doing a bit of fishing or taking a short hike. A kayak or canoe can be a good choice for this small lake as well. Bring a packed picnic or BBQ on fire grates provided. There is an ample parking area and vault toilets for your convenience. The folks hanging out at Manzanita Lake are generally a friendly crowd. If you forget anything for your picnic it is only a few minutes drive to North Fork get whatever you need.
Created by the Big Creek Project, is a remote waterway that offers fishing, picnicking, camping, swimming and boating. There is a boat ramp here and a small parking area with vault toilets. There are many nice beaches to access by boat and enjoy for the day. Follow Road 222 through North Fork and continue on Road 225 as it turns south. Look for the sign to Redinger Lake, Road 235. The lake is approximately 10.5 miles from the town of North Fork.
Sierra Mono Museum
The Sierra Mono Museum is home to the largest displays of Mono Indian basketry in California. Inside the Museum there are many artifacts and baskets on display donated and on loan by members of the Mono Tribe. Other collections on exhibit include weapons, traditional games, ceremonial items, tools, and beautiful beaded crafts. Also on display is the Tettelton Wildlife Collection including dioramas and over 100 freestanding taxidermy animals from Northern America, Asia, and South America.
The museum receives no federal, state or city funds for general operating expenses. It is supported by membership fees, donations, gift store sales, and grant funds. The Sierra Mono Museum has been a private, non profit 501(c)3 institution governed by a Board of Directors since May 9, 1966. Visiting the museum offers a glimpse at Mono Indian lifestyles of yesterday and today.
Museum memberships and more information about the Sierra Mono Museum are available at SierraMonoMuseum.org or call (559) 877–2115.
Museum hours vary – please call first.
Physical Address: 33103 Road 228 (Intersection of Road 225 & 228), North Fork, CA 93643
Sierra Vista Scenic Byway
Fill your gas tank in North Fork and grab a map before you head up Road 225 to Minarets Road and the 100 miles of scenic beauty that makes a loop through rugged country. Seasonally enjoy homemade pie at Jones’s Store, or a burger and beer at Wagner’s Store at Mammoth Pool. Amazing vistas are around every turn in the road — without the crowds! See ancient giant Sequoias in Nelder Grove and get a photo of Globe Rock. This adventure will take most of the day with interesting stops along the way, so pack a picnic or plan on camping overnight. Maps and much more information is available at the North Fork Visitors Center (559 877 2410), the Scenic Byway Association (559 877 7779), and Bass Lake Ranger District Headquarters (559 877 2218). Enjoy!
Located about 8 miles from Auberry, and 7 miles from North Fork, Kerckhoff and Smalley Cove are destinations for picnicking, camping, fishing, swimming, and small watercraft, both motorized and non-motorized. Launching facilities are limited here. There is a great sense of adventure to travel up the San Joaquin but be aware of the powerhouse operations here and the possible rapid change in the water level and current. This is an area to explore with others. From North Fork, take Road 222 (Auberry Road) south toward Auberry approximately 7 miles.
The Exact Center
From Bass Lake, drive towards North Fork (8 Miles) on Road 274, turn left at the bottom of the hill on Rd 225 (Mammoth Pool Road) for about 6 miles. The road becomes Italian Bar Road, but in most cases signs will be marked “Road 225”. The plaque will be on the left, 50 feet from the road.